Tour - OREGON TRAIL: THE LOST FILM of JOHN WAYNE
Friday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Tour Leaves from the South Parking Lot of Museum @ 1:30 PM
PLEASE NOTE: A special screening of The Big Trail will be shown Friday Night at 7:30 in the High School Auditorium. This is 1930 pre-Code early widescreen movie starred John Wayne in his first leading role and was directed by Raoul Walsh. If you do not have a full access Film Festival button, you can use your tour ticket at the door for admittance.
‘The Oregon Trail’ stars John Wayne as U.S. Army Captain John Delmont, in search for his missing father. This film has been missing since it’s original 1936 release, never rereleased in theaters or released on television. With production stills only, The Lone Pine Film Festival has crafted a tour, with guides Richard Bann and Don Kelsen through the Alabama Hills. We’ll stand where John Wayne stood and discuss the history of this Lost, Republic Studios production. This years publication of "Lone Pine and The Movies' is 100 percent dedicated to the story behind this lost motion picture, available for purchase at the Lone Pine Museum Of Film History.
The tour is a Car Caravan and access to many of the movie locations are off-road and require walking over deep sand or rough terrain. It is imperative that one wear appropriate footwear, preferably hiking or trail shoes.
Travel to the movie locations is over dirt roads; in some cases moderate rough terrain. Most cars will not have a problem with access. Low clearance vehicles are not recommended. Four-wheel drive cars are best. CAR CARAVAN TOUR TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED “PER PERSON” NOT PER CAR. Persons not having a respective tour ticket will not be permitted on the tour.
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About Your Tour Guides:
Don Kelsen has been attending and learning about the Alabama Hills film locations since the first festival in 1990. Inspiration for pinpointing filming locales 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.”
Richard W. Bann is a regular essayist for Lone Pine And The Movies, and a major source for 16mm prints for the festival the last 20 years, film historian and author (books on Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang, W.C. Fields, Hal Roach, John Wayne). Bann started his career as a CPA testifying on behalf of William Boyd Enterprises with respect to Hopalong Cassidy films litigation and later was vice-president of Blackhawk Films, Inc. More recently he served as consultant to CMG Worldwide, the marketing and licensing agent representing the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, James Dean, Vince Lombardi, Jackie Robinson, etc. For the past 30 years Bann has been library consultant to a European film and TV company, Kirch Media GmbH and related entities, where he spent $4 million restoring and preserving the Hal Roach Studios 35mm nitrate film collection. Bann's knowledge of “movies" and western heritage is always kindly shared in Lone Pine.