Join with Jay Dee Witney, William Wellman Jr. and Julie Rogers this year in a new Exhibit program called "On on One." Each of our guests will spend two hours on Friday and Saturday at the respective exhibit in the museum telling family stories and to answer your personal questions.
Jay Dee Witney
Friday afternoon (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
Saturday - TBD
Visit with Jay Dee – “One on One” in the museum. Jay Dee will be sitting in the North wing, in front of the exhibit he helped curate of his father’s career. He’s got lots of great stories and ready to answer any question comes his way!
About William Witney
An interviewer once asked director William Witney the secret to making good Westerns. "It's really very simple," he said. "Make sure you have good headlights on your car." At the look of puzzlement on the interviewer's face, Witney explained (with that ever-present twinkle in his eye), "because you go to work in the dark and you come home in the dark." He knew what he was talking about. This man, who would become known for his fast-paced and action-packed serials and features, started making movies in the '30s. "Back then," Witney once said, "we'd start in the morning before the sun came up, shooting with flares."
Over the years, Witney built a legacy that continues to this day. Although his hey-day in motion pictures was in the'30s, '40s and '50s, in television from the mid-'50s through the '60s and his last film was in 1982, film-makers are still being influenced by him, more than a quarter of a century later. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have admitted that Saturday afternoon serials inspired the Indiana Jones movies. Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown) calls William Witney a "forgotten master." Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1915, Witney began in the picture business as a messenger boy for Mascot Pictures, which shot its interiors on the Mack Sennett lot, later home to Republic Pictures. He mimeo’d scripts, helped gather props, did script continuity on the set and even learned editing. The first serial he helped cut was The Miracle Rider with Tom Mix.
With a 40-year career Witney directed or co-directed 24 serials, 64 features and hundreds of episodes for such diverse television series as Lassie, Sky King, Zorro, Mike Hammer, M Squad, Wagon Train, Bonanza, Tales of Wells Fargo, Laramie, The Virginian, Alfred Hitchcock, Daniel Boone, The Wild Wild West and High Chaparral. (The serial titles included such now classics as The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Captain Marvel, The Perils of Nyoka, three Dick Tracys and Zorro's Fighting Legion, (a Steven Spielberg favorite).
Screening and Discussion with Jay Dee & Ed Hulse
HI-Yo Silver (1940)
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
dmission by Festival Button Only
Visit with William Wellman Jr. – “One on One” in the museum. Bill will be sitting in the North wing, in front of the exhibit he helped curate of his father’s career. He’s got great stories ...
About William Wellman
William Augustus Wellman worked on over 80 films, primarily as a director. Notable for his work in crime, adventure and action genre films, often focusing on aviation themes - particular passion. He also directed several well regarded satirical comedies. Wellman, the Oscar-winning storywriter-director of the original A Star Is Born (1937), was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle.
Wellman directed the 1927 film Wings, which became the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture at the 1st Academy Awards ceremony.
Upon returning to the U.S, he was stationed in San Diego, Wellman would fly to Hollywood for the weekends in his Spad fighter, using Fairbanks' polo field in Bel Air as a landing strip. Fairbanks, fascinated with the true-life adventures of "Wild Bill" told the returning hero that he would help him break into the movies when the war was over, and he was as good as his word.
Wellman made his directorial debut with The Man Who Won (1923) starring Dustin Farnum. (the silent film B-Western star whom Dustin Hoffman's star-struck mother named the future double-Oscar winner after). The film was a remake of the 1920 Fox film, The Twins of Suffering Creek that was directed by Scott Dunlap.
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Screening and Discussion with Ed Hulse & William Wellman Jr.
Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Admission by Festival Button Only
Julie has some of the "best" stories you could imagine on Roy & Dale. Julie will be sitting in the South- West wing of the Museum, in front of the Roy and Dale Roger's Exhibit. Come share your rememberances of America's great Husband and Wife silver screen stars with Julie.
About Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
Hollywood’s “King of the Cowboys,” was born Leonard Franklin Slye in Duck Run, Ohio. In this rural setting he played guitar and sang along with his uncle at local events. His early films identified him as "Dick Weston” then, in 1938. Republic Pictures gave him his first starring role in Under Western Stars and a new name - Roy Rogers. Soon, he was Hollywood's top box office film star and would remain at the top for twelve consecutive years.
Rogers, the man, contributed to the persona of the on-screen fictional character as the quintessential "good guy," a true humanitarian. Rogers and Dale Evans along with their assorted sidekicks, Gabby Hayes and later Pat Brady (on the television show) spent all of their time righting wrongs. In a gun battle Rogers never killed his opponent, instead he would shoot the weapon from an assailant’s hand
Our Roy Rogers Museum exhibit contains Roy and Dale’s original chairs from their living room in Apple Valley, a shirt used by Roy on one of his many record covers, a slide show of family pictures and other souvenirs and memorabilia from their long and productive careers. Roy, and Dale had a long history with Lone Pine making 23 movies here. They were honored in 1998 and 2000 respectively and always had wonderful stories of their time in the Alabamas.
A particular favorite among local audiences, Under Western Stars (1938), shot almost entirely in Lone Pine, tells the story of a young congressman (Roy Rogers) elected to fight the “water company.” He once explained that the company had brought up large wind machines for a dust storm segment, but that was unnecessary since Lone Pine provided such a real storm, partially worsened by the water extraction policies of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In the film the Tinnemaha reservoir, still used for water storage, is seen, as is the L.A. Aqueduct in several scenes shot just outside Lone Pine
Roy Rogers went onto enormous success. He was listed for fifteen consecutive years as a Motion Picture Herald Top Money-Making Western star from 1939 to 1954. He was also featured in a similar poll by Box Office magazine holding first place from 1943 to 1952.
Roy eventually met and married Dale Evans and together they became a famous couple working on many charitable causes on between their busy movie careers. Roy made six pictures with scenes made in Lone Pine. Besides Under Western Stars, he made Saga of Death Valley, Utah, Hands Across the Border, Song of Texas.
Screening and Discussion with Jay Dee & Julie Rogers Pomilia.
Under Western Stars (1938)
11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
Admission by Festival Button Only