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May 9th --
As is the case
with every festival, we have to announce a cancellation. Denny
Miller of "Wagon Train"
and "Tarzan" fame has had
to cancel due to health reasons.
sends his regrets for having to cancel his appearance and is planning
to attend again in 2014!! Here's hopeing that Mr.
Miller will have a quick recovery!
We are saddened
to report the passing of another past guest of the Memphis Film
Festival - Frank Bank - who was with
in 2006 and left us earlier this week!
Bank was known
to TV audiences as the slow yet loyal friend, Clarence
"Lumpy" Rutherford, on TV's "Leave
It to Beaver" and joined us when he was reunited with
his co-star, Ken Osmond, who played
the the local knave, Eddie Haskell!
was energetic and excited about his appearance at Memphis and went
out of his way to meet and be friendly with all the guests. Those
guests wish him a fond farewell and appreciate the memories!
A new guest has
been added to the lineup for this summers' Memphis Film Festival
- and this is quite possibly the final one for the year! But what
a guest he is! Gregg Palmer
has been with the festival (although it has been a few years) but
he fits in with one of the strongest guest starring role resumes
in Hollywood today!
has done it all! Westerns are his specialty but he has done
war films, horror films, romantic dramas - you name it!
in the "Scheduled Guests"
section, he has done 20 guest appearances on "Gunsmoke",
13 appearances on "Death Valley Days",
9 appearances on "The Virginian",
5 on "Bonanza"! And that
is just scratchin' the surface!!
is going to be a truly special Memphis Film Festival!! Be sure to
welcome Mr. Palmer to Memphis!
A new update
to the 2013 Memphis Film Festival is now available! It has
the most up-to-date information - a must to plan ahead for this
summers' festival!! This one is very possibly the final flyer
for the 2013 because we are getting so close to the actual event!
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.)
have received a special message from Ray Nielsen,
one of the festival's leading organizers, concerning transportation
to the festival from the airport.
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.
Friday night special performance by our guest,
James Best, is so special and entertaining that an unique
flyer has been built just for that event. If you are coming
to Memphis this summer, you won't want to miss this fabulous one-man
miss out - order your tickets now!
ahead and print out a sample of the flyer above for your convenience!
the news about the passing of Dale Robertson
spreads, the tributes keep coming in. The following was remembered
by Ray Nielsen, one of the organizers
of the Memphis Film Festival about Mr. Robertson's
appearance in 1997.
had heard before he came that he wasn't all that friendly or accessible.
My impression was to the contrary. He was congenial and open. I
remember going out to a Memphis restaurant to eat with him, Anne
Francis, Darryl Hickman, Kevin McCarthy and others. He was the life
of the party."
made that same great impression on all his fans that year! He
will always be remembered fondly and as a real gentleman!
Memphis Film Festival has lost one of its finest guests, Mr.
Dale Robertson, who passed away this morning around 6 AM
at the age of 89.
was a guest at the festival in 1997 and was here to celebrate his
life in Hollywood including his work on two classic TV westerns,
"Tales of Wells Fargo" and
"Iron Horse" as well as serving
as a host on TVs "Death Valley Days".
of the highlights of that year was a screening of "The
Gambler from Natchez" with Mr.
Robertson in appearance along with his two co-stars from
the film, Debra Paget and Kevin
McCarthy. It was a memorable evening for all film fans!
was one of "the best" and will be greatly remembered from
his great work. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Memphis Film Festival lost another of its excellent staff --
helped us with audio/video for many years. He began with Ken
Wilburn, both of whom worked for Comcast in Memphis for years.
When Ken Wilburn died unexpectedly
a couple of years ago, Ken Price stuck
with us. Both were invaluable to us over the years.
was always available when he was needed. No important festival
event - banquets, panel discussions, special performances, etc.
ever occurred without his being there in record it on tape or film.
and funeral services will be held on Feb. 24th and will be conducted
through Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave.
appreciate his tireless effort, how he always went the "extra
mile" and willingness to do whatever was necessary atthe time.
We pray God will be with his family and friends!
The Memphis Film
Festival would like to pay its respects to one of the great western
actors of our time - the late, great Harry
Carey, Jr who paased away just before the end of the year
at the age of 91.
married Marilyn Fix, the daughter of
the actor Paul Fix, in 1944 while he
was on leave from in the Navy. They have remained married for over
60 years, and have four children and four grandchildren.
After being discharged
from the Navy at the end of the war, Carey
followed his father into acting in 1946 by accepting a role in "Rolling
Home," and then following it up with a featured role
in Raoul Walsh's "Pursued."
Carey's long association with
John Wayne began in Howard Hawks's
classic western "Red River,"
and his long-time acting association with Ford
began with his role as The Abilene Kid
in "3 Godfathers," a movie
that was dedicated to his father, who had passed away in 1947. Ford
had been the director of the original version of this movie in 1919,
which had starred Carey's father. John
Wayne was Carey's co-star, and
the pair acted together in nine more movies.
Carey became a member in good standing
of John Ford's stock company of actors.
He appeared in the Ford/Wayne
films "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,"
"Rio Grande" and "The
Searchers," and with Ford
but without Wayne in "Wagon
Master" and "The Long Gray
Line." Carey also appeared
in "Mister Roberts" (which
was begun by Ford but completed by
Mervyn LeRoy after a couple of weeks
of filming). He worked with Ford again
in "Two Rode Together," and
in "Cheyenne Autumn" without
Wayne. Other movies filmed in which
he worked with Wayne, but not Ford,
were "Island in the Sky,"
"Rio Bravo," "The
Undefeated," "Big Jake"
and "Cahill U.S. Marshal."
In total, Harry Carey Jr. appeared
in nearly 100 movies and almost 100 television programs.
Harry was awarded a Golden Boot by the Motion Picture &
Television Fund Foundation, and in 2003 he won a Silver Spur Award
from Reel Cowboys. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,
awarded for his television activities, located at 6363 Hollywood
at the Memphis Film Festival will miss Harry
Carey, Jr and are proud he was able to join for both the
'82 an '83 festivals. This year we will have a tribute to
and Marty" series, for which he made significant contributions.
He leaves behind many fans of that series and his great film
work. May God richly bless his family and friends - He already
has blessed his fans!
Carey, Jr (1921
The Memphis Film
Festival is not through setting itself as the premiere event in
the South this summer!
We have just
added TWO new guests - the first completes the duo of Spin
and Marty - Tim Considine -
who had a dynamite career with Disney Studios and went on to do
much more in Hollywood!
"Spin and Marty" and "The
Hardy Boys" to "The Shaggy
Dog" and "My Three Sons",
Tim has done it all and he will be
there this summer to share his experiences with all his fans!
second new guest is the most welcome return of Johnny
Crawford, who is most famous for portraying Mark
McCain in TV's "The Rifleman"!
those who saw Johnny last year, you
already know what a fine guest he was and we are proud to have him
back! But this year, we are in for a very specisl treat as
Johnny will be performing at our Saturday
night banquet displaying his musical talents as well!
these exceptional additions as well as our already-outststanding
lineup, please check out our "Guests Page"
here or in the upper-left-hand corner!
Many people are
excited about the appearnce of Guy Williams'
son, Guy Williams, Jr, at the next
summer's festival. To help make this appearance more enjoyable,
we have included here a video about the life of his late father
who made the character of Zorro so exciting. It is our hope that
you enjoy this intimate look at Guy Williams.
- Behind The Mask"
(Courtesy of YouTube)
It wouldn't be
right to have a tribute to the character of Zorro
without an appearance by the son of the late actor who brought the
most fame to the role. We are pleased to announce that we
will be having Guy Williams, Jr at
next summer's festival!
Wiliams Jr has
been working to keep the legacy of his father's fame alive and will
bring a lot of stories and memories with him to next year's festival!
his addition, the Memphis Film Festival next year will be a place
to be if you want to learn about the Golden Days of Hollywood and
the character of Zorro in particular!
The Memphis Film
Festival is excited to announce their latest guest addition! None
other than Duncan Regehr who was most
famous for his exciting portral of Zorro
on The Family Channel's acclaimed series! He will be making
a VERY rare appearance next summer!
his interesting characterization of Zorro
(aka Don Diego de la Vega), this accomplished
artist and varied actor has been known for his great performances
as Errol Flynn in "My
Wicked Wicked Ways" (below) and Count
Dracula in "The Monster Squad"
amongst many others!
next years' convention, Duncan will
be reunited with "his father" - Henry
Darrow - who played that person in the memorable series.
You will probably NEVER see the two together at a single convention
summer is shaping up as a very exciting convention to attend!!
This has been
a busy, busy week for the Memphis Film Festival!
First, we announce
our newest location, Sam's Town in Tunica, Mississippi! Then we announce
a new guest, James Best! A
new flyer is published!
Now we announce still another guest for next year's festival - Alex
has starred in the Westerns “Stagecoach”
(playing the role made famous by John Wayne),
“A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die,”
and “Grey Eagle.”
He also guested on “Laramie”
(the first thing he ever did), “Frontier
“Gunsmoke,” and “The
Quest.” Alex was
also a regular on a short-lived detective series with Angie
Dickinson called “Cassie and
Company” and of course starred on “Airwolf.”
No sooner are
we announcing our new facility than are we anouncing our latest
guest - James Best, known to his western
fans as a guest star to many, many TV westerns.
Best is perhaps
best known for his portrayal of Sheriff Roscoe
P. Coltrane on the very famous Dukes
of Hazzard TV series but he has appeared in more TV westerns
and feature films than most actors.
amazing feature film credits include "The
Quick Gun", "Firecreek",
"The Killer Shrews", "Shenandoah",
"Fantastic Planet", "Ride
Lonesome" and many, many more!
TV credits may be even more impressive with such famous notables
as "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza",
"Wanted: Dead or Alive",
"The Andy Griffith Show",
"The Lone Ranger", "The
Gene Autry Show", "The Twilight
and so many others.
fans will be especially happy to hear that on Friday night, James
will be presenting a one-man show that will focus on highlights
of his amazing acting career!
facilities for the 2013 Festival have been announced!!
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 for the past couple of years!
being said, if you wish to go ahead and make your reservations,
go ahead and do so at the hotel
reservation web site or call the hotel at the following number:
note that the reservation code for next year's Memphis Film Festival
is MEMF13A. 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!
nightly rates may not be the same 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!
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 2013 being one of te
best Memphis Film Festivals ever!
2012 Memphis Film Festival is making history now. This summer's
western TV reunion was a big hit - not with just the attendees and
guests, but with the local press as well!
festival got great coverage and we thought you might enjoy some
of these great news stories as well. So feel free to enjoy
the extensive newspaper article below.
it - it gives a good description of our Gathering of the Guns show!
2012 Memphis Film Festival is now history. And if you want
a piece of it to help you remember the great times at the festival,
this is your lucky day!
can still orger the great T-shirts and coffee mugs you saw around
the hotel as souvenirs of the show - or for those who are looking
for a GREAT gift idea, this is it!
T-shirt is perfect to remind you of the fun festival and comes in
all sizes! This pre-shrunk shirt has incredible printing and includes
the Gathering of Guns 4 logo on the front.
also have this GREAT coffee mug perfect for enjoying both hot and
cold drinks! It also reminds you of the historic 50th anniversary
celebration held earlier this year for "The
Virginian". This will be a one-of-a-kind type item and
will not want to be left behind! Order these today!
website address for ordering these wonderful items is listed below.
Use this link to get to this quick and easy site!