The Hired Gun Movie Tour is based on the dramatic story of a woman accused of murdering her husband. Ellen Beldon (Anne Francis) is awaiting the hangman in a Texas jail. Rory Calhoun, ‘The Hired Gun’ kidnaps Ellen Beldon, to return her to Texas after breaking out of jail with the help of Judd Farrow (Chuck Connors) ranch foreman for her uncle, in New Mexico. The Alabama Hills is the Cinemascope, setting for the escape and return of Anne Francis, (a Lone Pine Film Festival guest, several times.) Anne Francis starred, with the Alabama Hills, two years before this film, in “Bad Day At Black Rock.”
The Hired Gun Tour is a BUS Tour with tour guide, Don Kelsen. A screening of the movie will be held Friday Morning, October 10 @ The High School Auditorium @ 7:30 AM. Buses will then leave at 9:00 AM from the Main Street side of the auditorium. Buses will return to Museum S. Parking lot. Tour itself is 2.5 hours. Please note - Some walking on uneven ground –suggest wearing appropriate shoes.
Saturday 7:30 AM High School Auditorium
Tour: Saturday 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
About Don Kelsen...
Tour guide Don Kelsen, has been attending and learning about the Alabama Hills, film locations since the first festival in 1990. Inspiration for pin pointing filming locations comes from Don’s association with Festival co-founder Dave Holland and their work together on Dave’s first video: “On Location in Lone Pine”
We know that Hollywood was never to careful about accurately portraying cultures but they still created both compelling and enjoyable films. In this tour you travel to India, the Khyber Pass, Arabia, Iran and other exotic locations for films such as "Gunga Din", "I Cover the War", "Lives of Bengal Lancer", and "King of the Khyber Rifles". Led by Chris Langley, who lived in Iran for two years, the Alabama Hills, Hollywood's Orient Tour will explore what these cultures are really, rather than the “Orientalism” distortions that flickered on our screens in the past.
The Alabama Hills - Hollywood's Orient Tour is a Car Caravan Tour with tour guide, Chris Langley. Participants to meet at the south Museum parking lot. Tour will leave @ the hours noted below. Tour is approximately 2 hours. Please note - Some walking on uneven ground –suggest wearing appropriate shoes.
Saturday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Note: Cost of the tour is per person - not per car.
About Chris Langley...
Christopher Langley, a life-long educator, has lived in and studied the Mojave Desert for over forty years. Achieving his BA in English-History at Dartmouth College, He is the writer/historian part of a collaboration (along with Osceola Refetoff, fine art photographer) called “”High & Dry: dispatches from the land of little rain” and their work can be found at desertdispatches.com.
Langley’s writing includes work appearing regularly in The Inyo Register, The Sun Runner, and KCET’s Artbound. Other publications include a history of Lone Pine, CA, a cultural history of Mount Whitney, and From Jayhawkers to Jawas: a Short History of Filming in Death Valley. Founder of the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Langley’s environmental advocacy won commendations including a Nat’l Conservation Cooperation Award and a Sierra Nevada Business Council 20/20 Vision Award.