Thursday, June 5 (7:30 p.m.)
“Range Busters” Double Feature
“The Range Busters” was a lucrative film series of 24 Westerns on the adventures of a trio of cowboys, produced by George W. Weeks and distributed by Monogram Pictures. Many of the movies were filmed at the Corriganville Movie Ranch. B-Western actor Ray “Crash” Corrigan came up with the idea and brought along his former co-stars from the “Three Mesquiteers” series at Republic Studios, ventriloquist Max “Alibi” Terhune and his dummy Elmer. The third member of the human trio was singing cowboy John “Dusty” King. S. Roy Luby directed both entries on this double bill.
Saddle Mountain Roundup (Monogram, 1941)
In this whodunit, the Range Busters commit themselves to solving the murder of an irascible rancher.
Tonto Basin Outlaws (Monogram, 1941)
Our heroes Ray “Crash” Corrigan, John “Dusty” King and Max “Alibi” Terhune try to uncover a gang of rustlers who’ve been terrorizing the countryside. A big-city reporter (Jan Wiley as Jane Blanchard) assigned to cover the rustling story for her paper throws a spur in their operations.
Friday, June 6 (7:30 p.m.)
Uksuum Cauyai: The Drums of Winter (Documentary Educational Resources, 1989)
Uksuum Cauyai (pronounced “ook-sooom chow-yai”) was shot in 1977 in a remote Alaskan Yup’ik village in a respectful, observational style. This award-winning ethnographic documentary looks into the suppression of indigenous drumming and dancing by missionaries and how the village of Emmonak managed to continue its traditions. Released in 1988 and produced and directed by Leonard Kamerling and Sarah Elder, Uksuum Cauyai was added to the National Film Registry in 2006. Leonard Kamerling, who also shot the film, will introduce the new preservation print produced by Colorlab, Chace Productions and SummitDay Media.
Saturday, June 7 (7:30 p.m.)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (National General Pictures, 1973)
Paul Newman stars as Roy Bean, the legendary hanging judge of the Old West. Directed by John Huston, the film is a tongue-in-cheek take on the historic figure who acted as judge, jury and executioner for most crimes committed west of the Pecos River in the late 1800s. The vignettes cover different stages of Bean’s life, from his arrival in the town of Vinegaroon and his romance with a local Mexican girl to the destruction of the town in a devastating fire. The film also stars Jacqueline Bisset, Tab Hunter, Stacy Keach, Roddy McDowell, Anthony Perkins, Victoria Principal, Anthony Zerbe and Ava Gardner.
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