September 18, 2007:
The Lone Pine Film History Museum will publish their next book filming the West of Zane Grey by Ed Hulse at the beginning of the Lone Pine Film Festival this year. Author Ed Hulse will present a short program on the famous American West author at the Museum Members Dinner Thursday night October 4 at the Lone Pine Piute-Shoshone Community Center at 6 pm
Then during the Festival there will be screenings of several movies based on the novels and short stories of Zane Grey during the Lone Pine Film Festival at the LPHS Auditorium.
The book is very authoritative and has been developed and research over the last decade. There are two introductory essays to begin the book. One is on the life of Zane Grey and his career, and the second focuses on the making of the films based on his writing. Twenty-one of these were made in the area, the first The Border Legion filmed in Bishop in 1924.
The rest of the lengthy book describes each movie, the credits; plot summary and critical reviews at the time. The book is also crammed with photos from each of the more than one hundred films. Chris Langley, Executive Director of the Film Museum stated,” We are very proud of this book, our second published by the Museum publishing wing. The book will become the authoritative source for academics and fans to go to research Zane Grey and his films.”
Then the Film Festival weekend will celebrate the publication of book with four films based on Zane Grey’s novels being shown the LPHS Auditorium. All the films were made in Lone Pine. Langley explained, “Friday we begin at12:00 PM with Wild Horse Mesa starring Tim Holt. It involves a brilliant wild horse named Panquitch.”
The Zane Grey mini festival continues Saturday with Knights of the Range at 9:45 AM. This film also celebrates singing cowboy Eddie Dean’s centennial as he appears in the film. At 4:15 P.M. That afternoon Randolph Scott and Harry Carey star in Buffalo Stampede, which was named originally and based on Grey’s novel The Thundering Herd. Finally, on Sunday we will be screening Nevada at 2:15 PM starring Robert Mitchum. In fact, after some appearances in Hoppy films this was his first starring role.
We have also created a small exhibit on the writings and career of Zane Grey with first editions of all the Lone Pine film novels, examples of other publications including a rare Soldier’s edition of a Grey novel, comic books, original letters and photographs from Grey’s life. Come to Lone Pine and watch some great Zane Grey films film festival weekend.”