We have our picture in the current issue of Saturday Evening Post (issue of Jan. 28).. in color too! In the layout for pictures for H. Allen Smith’s article on Pioneertown, Just Like The Movies the cowboy leaning on the hitching rail in front of the newspaper office is Harvey. The pictures were made while we were up in the desert making “Girl From San Lorenzo,” a Cisco Kid western.
“The Marshal of Gunsight Pass,” starring PIONEERTOWN’S president, RUSS HAYDEN bowed in on KCEA-TV, and Variety called it… “high caliber live western fare.” The show was by far the best local production we have seen and should have a happy future.
Hi Neighbor! This week we talk about movies and the people who make them. DANNY KAYE, who left SAM GOLDWYN to sign with the Warner Brothers, is now tearing up his contract and leaving the Burbank lot. He has made only one of the five pictures his contract called for, but the break has been called amicable. It’s our bet that DANNY forms a company of his own for indie production.
Hi Neighbors! By the time you read this we will be up in the far reaches of the Joshua Desert around Pioneertown, the movie-set where people live. we ride that-away with GENE AUTRY to make two of his television westerns and as usual we’ll be doing a bad old meanie. So next week we’ll give you a report on what really happens when a picture company goes on location. If we can get some of the beauty of the desert and the action of the picture down on paper, it should be fairly interesting reading… so plan on dropping around then will you?
:00 am Sunday morning we take off from Lockheed Airport with GENE AUTRY handling the controls of his twin engine Beech. Gene, with over 3000 air hours in his log book, handles the plane with the same ease and sureness that sends CHAMPION thundering over the plains. We cut thru the now famous Los Angeles smog blanket and keep a date with the rising sun high over the mountains. Forty minutes later Gene puts us down with a perfect landing on a little air strip at the outskirts of Yucca Valley.
Once again we write from, but this time, not about the Home of Western Movies… Pioneertown. We’re up here making the last two of the current series of Gene Autry TV pictures, and as usual we love it. Ducan Renaldo and Leo Carillo are in town finishing up their series of “Cisco Kid” Tvers… so if you want to find anyone in Hollywood… look in Pioneertown.
Hi Neighbors! Once again our copy is datelined PIONEERTOWN. JEAN, our Missouri Bride and Yours Truly are up here in the high desert this week making a couple of TV Westerns with that bright new Western Star, JOCK O’ MAHONEY. We sort of feel a bit of paternal pride in JOCK because we were only one of the first Hollywood reporters to wave his flag on high and name him as a rising star. JOCK is really on the busy side now.
Hi Neighbors! Several times we have said here that TV is going to mean a lot of work for the folks of Hollywood. Another proof came into being today in a survey taken in New York City. It showed that, if run of full schedule, the seven TV stations’ of Metropolitan New York City could exhibit Hollywood’s entire annual output of feature films in one week! We believe that just as radio gave the recording industry the best years of it’s production life, so will TV give Hollywood the greatest upsurge of employment ever known. Check with us five years from now so that we can say… “We told you so!”
Hi Neighbors! Only this time it isn’t “Harvey In Hollywood,” it’s Harvey in Pioneertown… the home of Western movies! Yep, riding thataway with GENE AUTRY again and this time we are taking it very easy. Only kill one hombre in two pictures and for us… that’s a vacation. Hope they don’t pick up our “Killer’s Guild” card!