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Wagon Ho!: A Round-up of Early Western Shorts

An Eastern Westerner (1920)
August 6, 2006 - 2:00 pm

Until the last couple of decades. the western feature film was a fixture in the cinema. its roots uniquely American, "as much a part of the filmmaking scene as a reel of film, a projector, and a studio official's relative," as Robert Osborne has written. But the feature western didn't simply spring full-blown upon the screen. Its antecedent was the short subject, from The Great Train Robbery (1903), The Battle at Elderbush Gulch (1914) and other early classics, to the myriad lesser-known one- and two-reelers of the silent era that helped define the genre. This program provides a sampling of such work, covering many of the standard western themes as evidenced in the melodramas of the day, along with examples from the serial, comedy travelogue, actuality, and even the cartoon.

Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute

An Easterner Westerner (1920)

Directed by Hal Roach

Hal Roach Studios/Paths Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Noah Young.

35rnm, silent. 22 min.

Preserved in cooperation with The Harold Lloyd Trust from a 35mm nitrate print. Laboratory services by Triage Motion Picture Services. Special thanks to: Rich Correll, Suzanne Lloyd, Richard Simonton, Jeffrey Vance.

Preservation funded by the National Endowment for the Arts

Life on the Circle Ranch in California (1912)

The Circle Ranch Film Company

35mm, silent, 12 min.

Preserved from a 35mm nitrate print. Laboratory services by Richard Simonton, Jr. The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory.

Preservation funded by The Stanford Theatre Foundation

Alice's Tin Pony (1925)

An "Alice Comedy" by Walt Disney Cast: Margie Gay

35mm, silent, tinted, 6 min.

Preserved from a 35mm nitrate fine grain master positive with a reissue main title. Laboratory services by The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory.

Preservation funded by the National Endowment for the Arts

Where the Sun Plays (1928)

Castle Films

35mm, silent, stencil-colored, 8 min.

Preserved from a 35mm nitrate print. Laboratory services by Film Technology Company, Inc.

Preservation funded by the National Endowment for the Arts

The Timber Queen, Epsiode One: The Log Jam (1922)

Directed by Fred Jackson

Hal Roach Studios/Pathe Cast: Ruth Roland, Bruce Gordon, Val Paul, Leo Willis, Frank Lackteen, Bull Montana

35mm, silent, 35 min.

Preserved from a 35mm nitrate print. Laboratory services by Richard Simonton, Jr.

Preservation funded by the National Endowment for the Arts

The Boss of the Lucky Ranch (1911)

Directed by Allan Dwan

American Film Mfg. Co. Cast: J. Warren Kerrigan.

35mm, silent, 14 min.

Preserved from a 35mm nitrate print. Laboratory services by Film Technology Company, Inc.

Preservation funded by the National Endowment for the Arts

The Red Man (1912)

The Circle Ranch Film Company

35mm, silent, 14 min.

Preserved from a 35mm nitrate print. Laboratory services by Richard Simonton, Jr.

Preservation funded by The Stanford Theatre Foundation and The Silent Society of Hollywood Heritage, Inc.

The Return of Company D (1912)

Bison

35mm, silent, tinted and toned, 9 min.

Preserved from a 35mm nitrate print. Laboratory services by Cinema Arts, Inc., The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory; Triage Motion Picture Services. Special thanks to: George Wagner.

Preservation funded by the National Endowment for the Arts

The Ranch Mystery (1921)

Directed by Albert Rogell

Star Ranch Productions/C. B.C. Film Sales Corp. Cast: C. Edward Hatton, L.H. King, Fred Jannis. Iva Craig.

35mm, silent, 17 min.

Preserved from a 35mm nitrate print. Laboratory services by Film Technology Company, Inc., The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory.