Feburary 08, 2007:
The Duke would have been one hundred years old this year on May 26th. The Duke was a special kind of American nobility: a movie star. John Wayne is undoubtedly one of the most famous of our celebrities, know world -wide. To commemorate his fame and his connection with Lone Pine, the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History will begin a weekly film series in which all of his Lone Pine films will be shown, along with a few documentaries about his life and career.
The series will screen every Thursday night at the Museum at 7 pm. The series will be a fundraiser for the museum and to help cover costs, a donation of a minimum of $3 is suggested. The series begins on Thursday, February 8th with a John Ford /John Wayne collaboration called 3 Godfathers. A brief lecture with notes for the audience will be presented at the beginning of the evening. Much of this particular film was shot in Death Valley with stories of the cast and crew's stay at Furnace Creek classic Ford/Wayne legend. The Lone Pine sections were made north of the railroad depot and local resident Joy Anderson remembers meeting Ford there as a young girl.
The schedule of other films is as follows
3 Godfathers (1948)
The New Frontier (1935) King of the Pecos (1936)
I Cover the War (1937) A&E Biography of John Wayne
Somewhere In Sonora (1933), The Lawless Range (1935)
MARCH 8 :
Blue Steel (1934) Man From Utah (1934)
Westward Ho (1935) Three Faces West (1940)
North To Alaska (1960)
True Grit (1969)
Author Chris Enss, author of The Young Duke Special event
John Wayne's 100th Birthday
The series will conclude with a presentation by author Chris Enss whose new book The Young Duke was just published. There will be a wonderful dinner at Boulder Creek RV Park on May 12 when Enss will discuss her work and sign first edition copies of her book.
Additional information about any of the events in this program can be obtained by calling the Museum at 760-876-9909.