Re-trace the steps of one of America's great war heroes, Audie Murphy, as we take you to where he made three of his most interesting movies, Hell Bent for Leather, Directed by George Sherman (1959), Posse from Hell, Directed by Herbert Coleman (1960), and Showdown, Directed by R. G.Springsteen (1962). Murphy was a better actor than he gave himself credit for and was involved in some production planning such as location spotting. Warren and Ross will show you not only sites from the films but also where some of these movies's most thrilling stunts were performed. The tour will incorporate some "Audie audio". Join us as we saddle up with one of Lone Pine's great ghost riders.
Friday 11:30 AM
"Audie Murphy - A Real - Reel Hero" is a BUS Tour with tour guides, Ross Schnioffsky and Warren Davey. A screening of Hell Bent for Leather will be held Friday Morning, @ 10:00 in the High School Auditorium. Bus will then leave at 11:30 AM from the Main Street side of the auditorium. Buses will return to Museum S. Parking lot. Approximate time for tour 2.5 hours.
Please note - Some walking on uneven ground – suggest wearing appropriate shoes. Bus accommodates 54 passengers.
Saturday 3:00 PM
Bus Tour - will leave from Museum, South parking lot and return to the Museum's, South parking lot. Approximate time for tour 2.5 hours. Please note - Some walking on uneven ground – suggest wearing appropriate shoes. Bus accommodates 54 passengers.
Ross Schnioffsky and Warren Davey
The call of the Alabama Hills has lured Warren and Ross back to Lone Pine. Both have been rootin'-tootin', but very little shootin' lounge chair cowboys since Walt Disney dusted off Davy Crockett's old coonskin cap. Ross and Warren live just west of Lone Pine in the little frontier town of Melbourne, Australia. TV westerns arrived in Australia in 1956 and they have loved them ever since. Despite spending most of their working life in all forms of education from elementary schools to universities Warren and Ross have held on to their sanity, barely! Ross, who loves making little docos on cinema history, is a faculty librarian at La Trobe University, Melbourne and Warren, who loves reading about all things western, is an elementary school librarian and both happily maintain disorganized lives.
Audie Murphy - Decorated Hero
Audie Murphy was a much-decorated American soldier who served in the European Theater during World War II. He later became an actor, appearing in 44 American films, and also found some success as a country music composer.
In 27 months of combat action, Murphy became one of the most highly decorated United States soldiers of World War II. He received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's highest award for valor, along with 32 additional U.S. and foreign medals and citations, including five from France and one from Belgium.
Murphy's successful movie career included the extremely popular To Hell and Back (1955), which was based on his book of the same name (1949.) He also starred in an impressive 33 Hollywood Western films. He died in a plane crash in 1971 and was interred, with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery. Audie Murphy's gravesite is the second-most visited grave at Arlington, after that of President John F. Kennedy. Wikipedia
Herbert Coleman (December 12, 1907 - October 3, 2001) Herbert Coleman was born on December 12, 1907 in Bluefield, West Virginia, USA. He was a producer and assistant director, known for Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest(1959) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). Coleman made his directorial debut with Posse From Hell. Coleman later directed Audie Murphy in an episode of his Whispering Smith TV series and the feature Battle at Bloody Beach. Coleman filmed at Lone Pine, California with one location being the aptly named Rattlesnake Hill where thirty rattlesnakes were removed before filming could commence. He was married to Mary Belle. Coleman died on October 3, 2001 in Salinas, California, USA. IMDB
R. G. Springsteen (September 8, 1904 - December 9, 1989. A prolific American director of HollywoodB moviesand television shows Springsteen was a competent director of B-westerns, a mainstay at Republic from 1945-56 and other studios through 1968. Subsequently, Springsteen directed over 96 many episodes for western TV series, including Bonanza (1959), Rawhide(1959), Laramie (1959) and Wagon Train (1957). He was most often credited on screen as R. G. Springsteen.
Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1904, Springsteen started working in Hollywood during the 1920s. He was hired by Fox Studios as a wardrobe assistant. In 1936 he moved to directing and worked as a Second unit, or assistant, director on numerous low budget B movies. During this time film credits often listed him by the nickname of Bud Springsteen. By 1945 Springsteen became a lead director and established himself as a filmmaker with his first B Western, Marshal of Laredo. His last directing job came in 1968 with an episode of the television series Gentle Ben. R. G. Springsteen died on December 9, 1989 in Los Angeles, California.IMDB
George Sherman was born in New York City on July 14, 1908. At the age of fourteen, he sailed aboard the SS Mongolia to Los Angeles, California, where he found work in the mail room at Warner Bros. studios. In 1937, after working as an assistant director, he directed his first film, Wild Horse Rodeo for Republic Pictures. Sherman would go on to direct scores of low-budget Western films for Republic from 1938 to 1944.
In the late 1930s, Sherman directed cowboy singer Gene Autry in six films, including Rhythm of the Saddle (1938), Mexicali Rose (1939), Colorado Sunset (1939), Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939), and South of the Border (1939). By 1937, he had graduated to directing in his own right under contract to Republic Pictures. Sherman specialized almost exclusively in "B" westerns. In 1938, Sherman directed John Wayne in Pals of the Saddle, their first of the “Three Mesquiteers” series and the first of a ten film collaboration with Wayne. Over the next 30 years, Sherman directed Wayne in Overland Stage Raiders (1938), Santa Fe Stampede (1938), Red River Range (1938), The Night Riders (1939), Three Texas Steers (1939), Wyoming Outlaw (1939), New Frontier (1939), and Big Jake (1971), Sherman's last and most successful feature film as a director. Sherman also produced Wayne's 1961 film The Comancheros. Big Jake and The Comancheros being his only “A” films.
After his contract ended with Republic Pictures, Sherman directed films for Columbia Pictures from 1945 to 1948, and then for Universal Pictures from 1948 to 1956. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Sherman continued to direct mainly low-budget Western films, including Comanche Territory (1950), The Sleeping City (1950), and The Battle at Apache Pass (1952). Occasionally he would direct non-western action films, horror films, and film noirs popular during that time. In 1949, he directed Sword in the Desert, a precursor to Otto Preminger's 1960 epic film Exodus. Beginning in 1959, Sherman started directed episodes for successful television series such as Rawhide, Naked City, Route 66, Daniel Boone, and Gentle Ben. He retired from filmmaking in 1978.
In 1962, Sherman received the Bronze Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for producing The Comancheros. In 1988, he received the Golden Boot Award for his significant contributions to the Western film genre. Sherman died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on March 15, 1991 at the age of 82. IMDB