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June 1st --
brings with it several film festivals and celebrity events! The
"kickoff event" is the Memphis Film Festival (only a few
days away!) But another one of the "don't miss events"
of this summer is the Dean Martin Expo - Comedy/Nostalgia/Comic
Convention to be held on June 28th in New York City!
latest changes may be seen here on the show's flyer:
you can see, the show has grown in recent weeks to include several
new stars and events.
will be "one of the fun film festivals of the summer"!
past guest we must pay a final tribute to before this this summer's
festival (hopefully, the last). We recently lost Barbara
Knudson who joined us in 2006. We lost
Barbara on May 11.
had a lot of popular 1950s television shows guest appearances to
her credit: Gene
Autry, Lone Ranger, Sky
King, Hopalong Cassidy, Sergeant
Preston of the Yukon, etc. and many other great Westerns.
appeared in such films as "Meet Danny
Wilson", "The Lady from Texas"
and "Union Station".
special tribute page may
be found on the MFF site. Please note her memories of Fess
Parker and Clayton Moore. This
is a great testimony from somebody in Hollywood's Golden Era!
the 2014 festival gets closer, we must remind everyone about travel
arrangements if you need to get from the airport to the festival
attendees flying into the Memphis Airport must seek their own transportation
to the Sam’s Town Hotel. The trip between the two points is
a little over 30 miles.
probably more than one cab company which travels beyond the Memphis
city limits, but one that does is Metro Cab
of Memphis at 901-323-3333.
There is shuttle transportation available by reservation through
the following entities: Blues City Tours
at 901-522-9229, Unique
Travel at 901-848-0436, and
ASAP Transportation at 901-531-4322.
Call these businesses for pricing and scheduling information.
we have lost yet another past guest of the Memphis Film Festival.
Recently we lost Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
who appeared with us in the summer of 1994. He was
made several films early in his career but became a star with his
TV series. He first appeared on our screens as Detective Stuart
Bailey on the hit series, "77
Sunset Strip", which costarred this year's MFF guest,
Sunset Strip" ran from 1958 to 1964. During the final
year, the studio changed the format from a local detective series
centered around a Sunset Boulevard agency and made Stuart
a globe-hopping free-lance investigator.
his dislike for the television format, he again found success in
hs second stint as Inspecot Louis Erskine
on "The F.B.I." which each
week presented stories based on real crimes and the agency's role
in solving them.
said in an interview four decades later that fans of the show occasionally
approached him to say they had joined the FBI or had become police
officers because of his portrayal of the calm and authoritative
government agent on the series.
"I get more
joy from that than anything in my life," he said. "When
you learn that you inspired someone, it's a huge honor."
In later years,
Zimbalist he had a recurring role as
Daniel Chalmers on his daughter Stephanie's
TV series "Remington Steele"
and played Charles Cabot on "Hotel."
In additions, he played Don Alejandro de la
Vega in "Zorro" on
the Family Channel.
certainly had a very long and successful carreer in all areas of
stardom - stage, film and TV appearances. His presence will
be sorely missed. Certainly this summer's festival will bring
some remembrances from his costar, Edd Byrnes.
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we have had a cancellation from one of out guests. Judy
Norton, one of our trio of stars from "The
Waltons", will be unable to attend.
sends her regrets for her many fans!
are extremely pleased to announce that Henry
Darrow has decided to do only a few show appearances this
year and the Memphis show, being one of his favorites, has been
selected to be one of the chosen few! Since Mr.
Darrow has cut back on his appearances, you will certainly
not want tho miss out on this special opportunity to meet him!
of course is the star of "The High Chapparal"
and "Zorro" and many other
favorites! He has many things more to share with everyone from his
days at Hollywood and some of the great westerns in particular!
now on meeting Mr. Darrow and making
him feel a warm Memphis welcome!
Memphis Film Festival is proud to announce the latest in our string
of excellent guests for the 2014 show. He is none other than
returns to the Memphis show after 20 years to reunite with his "Yellowstone
Kelly" co-star, Clint Walker,
but also to especially to make new friends and meet his many fans
at this summers' show.
is looking forward to having both a fun time and an enjoyable one
so he has certainly picked the right place to be - the Memphis Film
Festival in 2014! The place to be!
Memphis Film Festival sadly needs to report that we have lost a
repeat guest of our festival. Jeff Connors,
son of The Rifleman's Chuck
Connors, passed away yesterday.
always was glad to come to the festival and share memories of his
famous dad and the show and even brought along his fathers' famous
rifle to enjoy!
will miss Jeff and the good times we
shared together. He will always be remembered for his kindness
and willingness to share memories with the fans.
wish all the best on the Connors family
as well as God's domfort.
one of the most popular guests the Memphis Film Festival has ever
had the pleasure of hosting, has graciously consented to return
to this summer's show!
of course, played the title character on the classic TV western,
"Cheyenne", as well as
being the star of a long string of Hollywood hits such as "The
Dirty Dozen", "Night of
the Grizzly", "Yuma",
Kelly", "Fort Dobbs"
and many. MANY more! His career reflects the history of
Hollywood - both TV and movies - in itself!
will be one of the most memorable Memphis Film Festivals ever!
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.)
Memphis Film Festival sadly remembers Ralph
Waite, who is most fondly remembered as being the patriarch
of the the TV family, "The Waltons".
Although he never appeared with us at a Memphis festival,
his contributions to film-making and westerns will not go unnoticed.
was most famous for is character, John Walton,
on the Depression-era family drama, "The
Waltons". Besides his getting an Emmy nomination
for the role, he was recognized as #3 on TV Guide's list of "50
Greatest TV Dads". But he did much more - he was one
of the famous group of gunfighters in the film "The Magnificent
Seven Ride" and other great westerns including "Chato's
Land" with Charles Bronson
and "Lawman" with Burt
summer will see a Waltons tribute at the Memphis Film Festival with
guests Jon Walmsley and Judy
Norton. Both of them were kind enough to share their
personal remembrances of Mr. Waite...
are all terribly saddened at the loss of our tv father and dear
friend Ralph Waite, a consummate actor and exemplary human being.
If humor, understanding, and compassion for the human race ever
had a face, it was that of Ralph Waite. He will be sorely missed.
Walmsley ("Jason Walton")
Waite was so much more than a co-worker, he was an incredibly gifted
actor, a friend and my second dad. I feel so fortunate to have known
him and had him in my life for 40 years. Everyone wanted John Walton
as their father because of Ralph's portrayal. He created a man of
strength, integrity, compassion and loyalty. I loved him very much
and am so pleased that his legacy will live on for countess generations
to come. "
Norton ("Mary Ellen Walton")
Waite will be sorely
missed for his personality and characters he brought to life. May
God richly bless his family for their loss.
Memphis Film Festival sadly announces the passing of one of the
best friends of the festival. Fred Davis
passed away early this morning and will be buried tomorrow afternoon
in Bradford, TN.
Fred Davis along
with Toni at the 2012 Memphis Film Festival.
was a tireless supporter of the Memphis Film Festival for many years.
He served as treasurer for many years and continued to support
the festival as a dealer thereafter. He was a big-time western
fan who was a member of a movie club that shared showing westerns
each month since he 1970s.
contributions to the organization cannot be minimized and his presnece
will be sorely missed! We wish God's comfort on his family
and his friends!
Memphis Film Festival would like to make you aware of another fine
show out there!
is the 3rd edition of the 2nd Childhood Memorabilia Show. This year
they will be highlighting the talent and career of entertainer Dean
show will be held on June 28th at the Holiday Inn in New York City!
Many guests will be present including Deana
Martin (Dean's daughter), Ruth Buzzi,
Regis Philbin and TV director James
show is organized by MFF vendor Jerry Nolan
and has in the past brought together such notables as Will
Hutchins, William Smith, Ed
Nelson, James Stacy and Rex
fine guest has been added to the line-up next year. He is
Dennis Devine, son of the legendary
western actor, Andy Devine!
will bring many memories to the festival including stories about
growing up in the Devine household.
Memphis festival always strives to bring you people who can give
you some intimate look at the personal lives of your favorite stars
and this is no exception!
Devine is shown on the right side of the photo!
will also be bringing copies of his new book, "Your
Friend and Mine, Andy Devine", on the personal life
of one of Hollywood's favorite actors, his father, Andy
Devine! Let's welcome him to Memphis next year!
we recently lost one of our guests from a previous Memphis Film
Festival. Ms. Audrey Totter was
gracious enough to join us in 1995.
was comfortable in westerns as well as in film noir roles where
she excelled and became a star. She appeared in many westerns
including "Bonanza", "Gunsmoke",
Virginian". "Wagon Train",
Grey Theatre" as well as being a regular on the George
Montgomery series, "Cimarron City".
made a number of feature film including westerns as well including
"Woman They Almost Lynched"
with John Lund and Brian
Donlevy. Among her more popular film noir classics
were "The Postman Always Rings Twice",
"The Set-Up" and "Lady
in the Lake".
were honored to have a lady like Ms. Totter
with us and pray the best for all her family and friends.
sock hop that is held to open up the Memphis Film Festival is organized
by Memphis DJ Alex Ward. Now
you can enjoy Alex's special blend
of music every Saturday night on Sirius Satellite Radio.
brings you music, stories and interviews with the personalities
of the '50s Memphis music scene, including Sam
Phillips, Rufus Thomas and more.
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!
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.
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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!
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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.