History of Lone Pine & Area

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3 Sheet, (41" X 81") Linen backed What's a Three Sheet?  See below ***

(Needs immediate
preservation action)

Jack Hoxie came to early films after being raised in Salmon River, Idaho, where he perfected his “cowboying” skills. In 1910 he broke into silent movies as an action star after arriving in Hollywood with a Wild West Show. He eventually made more than 12 pictures here in Lone Pine and Death Valley and became a very big action star during the early days of filmmaking. Many in Lone Pine knew and liked Hoxie who staged rodeos and turkey shoots here. This film probably shot in Victorville among other nearby locations.

Cyclone Bliss was one of several films he made for Unity Photoplays/ Arrow Film Corp. at the beginning of the 1920s. It also starred Evelyn Nelson, Fred Kohler and was directed by Francis Ford.

Plot: Jack Bliss was looking for his father when wounded protecting an old prospector. Helen Turner (Nelson) takes him to her father’s ranch where it is revealed that the ranch foreman murdered Bliss’s father. He is about to kill Jack when the old prospector he saved arrives with the sheriff and posse.

PRESERVE A POSTER PROGRAM: This poster is need of immediate archival framing to preserve it. We are presently trying to raise $800 to save this poster. If you would like to help preserve a piece of our national western film heritage, please speak to someone at the counter about how to make a donation or call 760-876-9909


*** Three Sheet: (41" X 81") Printed on a thin paper stock, these posters were intended to normally be posted outside of the theater. They were printed in two or three pieces in which the artwork had to be aligned at the time of display. For the bigger release films there would sometimes be two different style Three Sheets printed. In the early 1970s studios began to produce Three Sheets in one piece and by the early 1980s had phased out the printing of this size poster altogether. The larger posters were printed in far fewer quantities than the one sheet and are more rare than the smaller posters.

***A Linen Backed poster is a poster that is archivally mounted to acid free paper and canvas where it can be restored if needed. Fold lines and other defects become less noticeable, sometimes even invisible. It can be rolled for shipping and is ready for framing. Linen backing can dramatically improve the overall appearance of a poster and it can substantially increase its value. It is the preferred archival method for conserving and/or restoring a poster. Almost any flaw can be fixed so you would never know it was there.




            In the first fifty years of film making in our country, posters were considered consumables. Theaters used them to market the next film, and after the run of the show, they were often stored away, unprotected from the ravages of time. Now film fans and historians have come to realize that these artifacts are part of our cultural history, but the understanding comes too late for many of the posters. They are in various stages of decomposition.

            The Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Museum of Film History has been buying many posters that document the film history of Lone Pine, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra and have them now stored in archival sleeves. To stabilize these posters, they must be linen-backed and framed using the best archival material. For the larger size posters this is an expensive process. It costs several thousand dollars for this process on the larger posters including three sheets and six sheets.

            Sadly, the posters do not wait and the Museum has started a project called “Please Frame Me.” In the lobby of the Museum a particular poster in need of help is temporarily displayed in a safe manner for visitors to see. These posters cannot wait and hopefully donations will accumulate allowing the Museum to have them restored and preserved. These posters are very rare and often there are only a few the poster still in existence in the country or in archives. The largest ones are orphaned for they are too big for collectors or home display but are perfect for Museum display.

            The first such poster was a three-sheet linen-backed poster for a Jack Hoxie film entitled “Cyclone Bliss,” made in 1923 locally and probably near Victorville. Jack Hoxie was one of the most famous and successful silent cowboy actors making more than twelve films in Lone Pine with scenes also made in Death Valley. He represents a cultural treasure for a country that celebrates and cherishes its western history. Sadly most of his movies are lost but the posters still illustrate his film accomplishments.

            On display during the recent 24thannual Lone Pine Film Festival, the poster was adopted by western film fans and perennial Museum supporters Carole Freeman and Sharon McBride and now the poster will be saved. When patrons generously step forward, part of our country’s cultural heritage is saved for our children and children’s children.

            The Museum is continuing with this project as it owns hundreds of posters needing help. Some are the more common one-sheets that measure 29 by 41 inches, but three sheets actually are the size of three one sheets or approximately 41 by 90 inches and six sheets which are the size of three 3-sheets or 90 by 120 inches. The bigger the posters often both the more valuable and the poorer their condition.

            The Museum has identified the following posters as the next five in line to be saved: “Buffalo Stampede”; “Down Mexico Way”; “Blue Steel” (John Wayne); “True Grit;” and “The Plainsman and the Lady.” The decision was made by their condition, their value and how they fit into exhibits coming up next year in the Museum. There are two exhibits being developed: one on the history of Republic Westerns and one on the “early films of the area (pre-1930)”.


Contact Info

The Museum of Western Film History
701 S. Main Street
Lone Pine, CA 93545