Forty rare early movies from the National Film Preservation Foundation capture a West both wilder and wider than High Noon, Unforgiven, and True Grit. Newsreels, travelogues, features, shorts, comedies, and home movies portray a dynamic, genderbending, ethnically diverse region. Includes The Sergeant (1910), the first surviving narrative shot in Yosemite and Mantrap (1926), a wilderness comedy with Clara Bow.10 hrs, 3 DVDs, color and B&W. Boxed with a 132-page book.
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PROGRAM 1 The Tourists (1912, 6 min.), Mabel Normand runs amuck in Albuquerque's Indian market. The Sergeant (1910, 16 min.), first surviving narrative shot in Yosemite. Salomy Jane (1914, 87 min.), Gold Rush tale with America's first Latina movie star Beatriz Michelena. Sunshine Gatherers (1921, 10 min.), canning California fruit, in Prizmacolor. Deschutes Driftwood (1916, 10 min.), riding the rails along the Deschutes and Columbia rivers. "Promised Land" Barred to "Hoboes" (1936, 2 min.) Last of the Line (1914, 26 min.), cross-cultural tragedy, with Sessue Hayakawa. The Indian-detour (1924, 16 min.), in the Southwest on a Fred Harvey Company motor tour. Native American in Newsreels (1921-1938, 5 min.), Indians Invade Nation's Capitol and 4 other stories. We Can Take It (1935, 21 min.), Civilian Conservation Corps at work.
Over Silent Paths (1910, 16 min.), daughter avenges her father's murder. Life on the Circle Ranch in California (1912, 12 min.), cattle ranching in Santa Monica. Broncho Billy and the Schoolmistress (1912, 14 min.), America's first cowboy star courts a pistol-packing schoolmarm. How the Cowboy Makes His Lariat (1917, 3 min.), Pedro Leon demonstrates the vaquero's art. Mexican Filibusters (1911, 16 min.), intrepid woman does her bit for the Mexican Revolution. The Better Man (1912, 12 min.), Mexican bandit proves his worth. Ammunition Smuggling on the Mexican Border (1914, 41 min.), Texas sheriff reenacts kidnapping by revolutionists. Lake Tahoe, Land of the Sky (1916, 6 min.), travelogue celebrating the new auto road. Mantrap (1926, 71 min.), wilderness comedy with Clara Bow and a woman-hating attorney. From The Golden West (1938, 8 min.), oil wells, drive-ins, and more in Kodachrome home movies.
The Lady of the Dugout (1918, 64 min.), Al Jennings plays himself as a bank robber with a heart of gold. From Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaw (1915, 13 min.), Bill Tilghman reenacts his capture of the Wild Bunch. The Girl Ranchers (1913, 14 min.), comedy in which sisters inherit the Rough Neck Ranch. Legal Advice (1916, 13 min.), Tom Mix falls for a lady attorney. From Womanhandled (1925, 55 min.), sparkling Gregory La Cava in which a modern ranch poses as the Old West to fool New Yorkers. Beauty Spots in America: Castle Hot Springs, Arizona (1916, 6 min.), spa for the rich and famous. Romance of Water (1931, 10 min.), how L.A. got its water. A New Miracle in the Desert (1935, 1 min.), bringing Colorado River water to California. The West in Promotional Travelogues (1898-1920, 22 min.), tours in 7 states, including Seeing Yosemite with David A. Curry.
132-page illustrated catalog with film notes and credits
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 596 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 3
Foreign Language Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Black & White and Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Audio Format: Dolby Stereo
Al Jennings, Beatriz Michelena, Bill Tilghman, Broncho Billy, Clara Bow