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Special Christmas Greetings!!! ***
the co-coordinator of the Memphis Film Festival, has sent along
his special Christmas greetings for all to enjoy! A beautiful
way to celebrate the Holidays!
read the first community Christmas tree in America may have been
placed in Madison Square Park, New York City in 1912. It was
also said to be the first electrically lit tree. In the city
of Conway, Arkansas, which I live near, a 54 foot artificial tree
was recently erected in a downtown square. It is said to be the
largest of its type in the state and possibly the Midwest.
When that tree
in New York was put up, it was celebrated by rich and poor alike.
A poem entitled "Christ Child's Christmas Tree"
was published in honor of the occasion. What follows is part
bustle and wear and tear
Of a city's
life in a busy square
Tree stands with its open hands,
of love for all to share;
and small respond to the call
the shop and the gilded home
voice of the Christ child calling
Come-Lo, My festival is free
is the host at my Christmas Tree."
I hope you like
the attached photo of the Conway tree and that you and yours have
a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Want to revisit
has found in his archives an interview with Kirby
Grant, "Sky King",
that was made when Mr. Grant visited the MFF in 1973. This
informative interview has been put on the website for all to enjoy
and is free to all!
interview was taken on 8/7/13 and can be found on the Festival
Highlights page. Please take some time to enjoy it! Thanks
very much, Jimmie, for sharing this!
The latest rendition
of the 2014 Memphis Film Festival flyer is now available! It
has the earliest information - a must to plan ahead for this summers'
Feel free to
download copies and print them out!
the show by giving flyers to friends and family you believe will
be interested in attending this exciting,
fun-filled festival next summer!
that one of these flyers is in PDF format. If you are unable to
read it, it may be because your computer is not equipped with a
PDF reader program. To download Adobe PDF reader free of charge,
please take the following link.)
It is time for
us to announce another giest to next years' Memphis Film Festival
and we are pleased to do so!
We will welcome
the multi-talented Ruta Lee to the
festival! Ruta will be joining
us to share her many, many memories of her wide Hollywood experiences,
whether that involves her multiple guest appearances in TV westerns
or her many other performances in Hollywood musicals, situation
comedies or dramas!
could be seen in many of the early TV westerns but went on to classic
film roles and much more!
is looking forward to next year's festival and meeting her many
fans! Hopefully these "posters" will give you an
idea of the classic actress you will be having the opportunity ro
meet and greet next year!
Be sure to check
the Guests page for a more extensive list
of her Hollywood work!
It seems that
many things happen in three's and unfortunately in recent days,
we have had three celebrity guest passings.
The first of
these was the passing of A.C. Lyles,
a guest who visited us in 1986!
C. Lyles worked
as a producer for Paramount Pictures, who is best known for producing
a variety of westerns in the 1950s and 1960s. Among his works
were "Arizona Bushwackers",
Reno" and many others.
still (taken from the set of "Red Tomahawk")
shows A. C. Lyles being honored with
an award alongside Howard Keel, Scott
Brady, Broderick Crawford and
C. Lyles was no
stranger to awards. Besides being honored with this Walk of Fame
star on Hollywood, he was also honored with a Golden Boot Award
among many others. A truly likeable executive in the Hollywood
machinery whose contribitions can not be overstated.
C Lyles (1918
We also recently
lost Tommy Scott who visited us in
1991. He was also known as "Ramblin'"
Tommy Scott and "Doc"
Tommy Scott. He was an American
country and rockabilly musician.
Scott was the last
of the ol' time medicine show barkers. He combined his pitch
for his medicine show ware with his unique hillabilly music. While
all the others have long gone, he continued his show until this
Scott took over
the medicine show from Dr. M. F. Chamberlain
who founded it in 1890. He retired and Scott
took it over in 1935. Tommy has run the medicine show ever
since - never having another job. Over the years, he has had
many a western star and performer work with him and his show including
Tim McCoy, Al
John, Sunset Carson, Monte
Hale, Junior Samples and Johnny
the world of nusic, he certainly left his mark, including writing
and performing such hits as "Rosebuds
and You", "Rollin' In My
Sweet Baby's Arms", "Mule
Train" and many more!
there is no better tribute than we can present to this multi-talented
performer than to show a couple of his performances. So seen here
in two different stages of his career - both early to very recent
- is the great Ramblin' Tommy Scott!
learn more about his medicine show and his music, check out this
web site! It is certainly a view into a new world - one
that is simpler and more fun - than what we have today. One that
has Tommy Scott at home in it!
Tommy Scott (1917
we bid farewell to another western star - Jon
Locke - who entertained us with his cowboy performances and
visited with us in 2001.
the years, Jon made over 250 western
TV appearances and films including such classics as "Gunsmoke",
"The Texan", "Cimarron
City", "Westward Ho, The
Women", "26 Men",
Walt Disney's "Texas
John Slaughter", "Bonanza",
"Tales of Wells Fargo", "Riverboat",
Train", "A Man Called Shenandoah",
"The Virginian" and many,
many more - the list just goes on and on!
in the Air Force, he costarred for 11 months in the play "Flame
Out" under the drection of Alan
Mowbray. After his honorable discharge, he recreated
his tole of "Tex", a F-86
fighter pilt in the Broadway production also directed by Mowbray
and produced by John Wayne! He
then went on to be a regular on "Highway
Patrol" opposite Broderick Crawford.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Memphis guest and star of "The Virginian",
James Drury, was a longtime friend
of Jon's. Above you see both Jon
Locke and Mr. Drury at different
points in their career. (In this first group photo, you see
James Drury front and center with Jon
to his left. Also in the photo (from left to right) are the
of the Pioneers...Pat Brady,
Dale Warren, Roy
Lanham, Rusty Richards, a gentleman
we are unsure of in the back, lady circus performer, James
Drury, Jon Locke and John
Mitchum (brother of Robert Mitchum)).
And finally in
the second photo, you see the two of them about a year ago at a
celebration of "The Virginian".
James and many others have left their
condolences on the Facebook web page of Katie
West, a longtime close friend and companion of Jon
of these stars have left a special legacy and will be missed in
their own special way! We
thank them for their contribution to our world and our entertainment.
May God bless each of them and
We must announce
the sad passing of another past guest of the Memphis Film Festival!
We have lost
John Calvert at the amazing age of 103! John
was an announced guest in 2004 but was a surprise guest when
he visited in 1987!
was an accomplished actor but was at the same time a famous magician!
In fact, he even brought out his magic talents in some of
his great acting performances!
He was most famous
for his three performances as The Falcon
in that dramatic film series. The series included "Devil's
Cargo", "Appointment with
Danger" and "Search for Danger". He
also starred in a couple of Charles Starrett
westerns, "Lawlwss Empire"
and "Return of the Durango Kid"!
of the highlights of his 2004 appearance was that he performed his
magic act (along with assistance from his wife, Tammy)
for all who attended free of charge!
prayers go out to her and all their family! His kindness and
enjoyment of life will be missed!
Another new guest
has been announced for the 2014 Memphis Film Festival and he is
a great addition!
We are excited
to announce Robert Conrad, the star
of "The Wild Wild West" and
many other fabulous TV shows will be graciously appearing with us
appearance by Mr. Conrad will not want
to be missed! Plan your plans now to attend!
are proid to announce that a new addition has been made to the 2014
guest list - and it is one we have wanted to get for some time -
Clu Gulager, the exciting star of the
TV western, The Tall Man and many other
is also the veteran of many other TV westerns and shows. Besides
starring in The Tall Man where he portrayed
BillyThe Kid, he was a regular on The
Virginian. Help us welcome Mr.
Gulager to Memphis with a hearty western howdy-do!!
sadly announce the passing of a previous guest of the Memphis Film
Festival - Louise Currie - who appeared
at the festival in 1981. She was 100 years old when she passed on
career spanned the decade of the 1940s, initially doing bit parts
and supporting roles at RKO (she can be seen briefly in Orson
Kane"). She was the last surviving "Citizen
Kane" cast member.
Billed as the
"Katherine Hepburn of Monogram" by Sam
Katzman, Louise Currie started
her career at PRC appearing in "Billy
the Kid Outlawed" (1940) and "Billy
the Kid's Gun Justice" (1940) with
Larry "Buster" Crabbe. Her first serial was Republic's
"The Adventures of Captain Marvel"
(1941). She helped Billy Batson and
his super powered alter ego to keep the Scorpion
from completing his deadly Scorpion Atom Smasher.
next serial was the WWII oriented "The
Masked Marvel" (1943). The spunky Currie
worked with five investigators, one of them sometimes disguises
himself as the Masked Marvel, to stop the sabotage attempts of Japanese
It was at this
point that Currie began working at
Monogram. among her films were "The Ape
Man" (1943), "Voodoo Man"
(1944); both with Bela Lugosi, and
the Charlie Chan mystery "The
Chinese Ring" (1947) with Roland
Winters as the inscrutable detective. As the forties closed
Currie retired from films to devote
more time to her family.
- Life on the Reservation" is the one-man show by Rudy
Ramos, a guest for the 2013 festival. It chronicles
Geronimo's final years as a POW in Fort Sill, OK. This exciting
and informative program will be presented at various spots along
New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
room rates and the reservation information for the 2014 Festival
have been announced!!
new location is the same as last year - Sam's Town in Tunica, Mississippi!
It is only a few minutes south of the old location in Olive Branch!
details concerning the airport shuttle service that will be available,
etc. will be announced soon but rest assured there will be plenty
of room at the hotel for everyone - we will not have to be split
over several hotels as we have been in the past!
being said, if you wish to go ahead and make your reservations,
go ahead and do so by using the following number: 1-800-946-0711
note that the reservation code for next year's Memphis Film Festival
is MEMF14A. You MUST
be sure the reservationist gets this code in order for you to get
the best rate and for the festival to get credit for your reservation!
also another set of great news! There is no increase in the room
rates from 2013!!
nightly rates may not be consistent from night-to-night but that
is because you are staying at a facility that also hosts a casino
meaning the weekend rate will be higher than the weekday rate! You
WILL find that if you are staying for the entire festival that your
hotel bill will be cheaper than the old facility! The room
rate for Sunday through Thursday will be only $39! For Friday
and Saturday only the weekend rate of $109 will apply. But
as mentioned, it is cheaper for the entire festival run! If you
enjoyed your stay at the 2013 festival, you already know what a
great facility this hotel is!!
the better food, the much-larger room facilties, a dealers' area
that allows for larger tables and makes room for more dealers -
all this makes for a better film festival going experience and enjoyment
as mentioned, there is a casino "under the same roof"
- but the two are separate and there is no problem with having kids
at this facility. Not only are children under 21 not admitted
into the casino but the they will not be allowed to simply roam
into a gambling area unnoticed!
Memphis Film Festival just keeps growing and getting bigger and
much of that success is thanks to you, the fan! We are glad
to continue to serve you and look forward to 2014 being one of te
best Memphis Film Festivals ever!
for a LARGE selection of autographed memorabila on the web while
waithing for the next Memphis Film Festival?
we have an interesting site for you - HollywoodMemorabilia.com
! This is your first and only stop for Hollywood collectibles and
a look today and enjoy their HUGE selection - We hope you will enjoy
that the 2013 festival is now history, the fine remembrances are
starting to surface!
the daughter of Clayton Moore, THE
Lone Ranger, wasted no time to write about her experiences
at this years' Memphis Film Festival!
see her exciting post about her experences, please refer to her
article in The
Memphis Film Festival thanks her for her kind words and appreciates
the pleasure it was to host her appearance at this year's festival.
Orders are now beinf
taken for T-shirts comemorating the Gathering of Guns 5 celebration
at the Memphis Film Festival!!
To find out all the
information including style, color and sizes, please take a moment
and check out a special website set up for ordering your T-shirts!
They will be be in
demand so get yours early!!
There have been many, many guests who have
appeared at the Memphis festival over the past 35 years. In
fact, there have been over 300 guests making over 450 appearances.
Want to relive some memories of those shows?
if you haven't been attending these shows for long, you may want
to be surprised by the very impressive list of guests the festival
has hosted over the years?
can do that now - by checking out our new "Past
Guests" page. You can review the list of past guests
by festival date or by an alphabetic last name.