After my last post,” Photo Mix 41”, I found this great colour video (see end of post) of the premiere of Errol Flynn’s Dodge City which took place in April 1939 in Dodge City,Kansas.
Warner Brothers chartered a train to the city for the world premiere of the film.
They loaded up the train with as many stars as were available, whether they were in the movie or not. Also film crew, executives and media.
And they sent a techicolor crew to film the event, giving us this wonderful colour video.
it’s amazing to think how much money Warners splashed out on this premiere. But advertising always was a big part of the costs of making a film.
Olivia De Havilland left the train at Pasadena as she was due to start work on GONE WITH THE WIND.
John Payne and Anne Shirley were married at this time.
The chap at far left is Leon G.Turrou who worked for the FBI for a period in the 30s.
The Edward G. Robinson film, “Confessions of a Nazi Spy” was based on articles that Turrou wrote and was soon to be released.
Dodge City at the time had a population of 11,000. Crowds that day swelled to nearly 50,000.
Husband and wife Humphrey Bogart, Mayo Methot next to Errol Flynn.
Errol Flynn gets the key to the city. John Garfield snatches a pic. The Bogart couple dress in black.
Errol Flynn in the parade through town.
A ticket for the premiere at the ‘Cozy Theatre’. $1.12. The film was screened at three cinemas.
Ann Sheridan shoots a grin at the cameras as she and Errol Flynn witness the wedding of a local couple.
Frank McHugh signs the hat.
This hat was signed by lots of the stars. Wonder where it is now, or if it survived.
This photo is similar to the on in my Photo Mix post, but you can see Alan Hale far right. The figure at centre back row, to the left of Errol Flynn is Jack Warner.
Lya Lys is far left ,next to Gilbert Roland. (Lya was in “Confessions of a Nazi Spy.”)
Sitting between Hoot Gibson and Guinn Williams is Buck Jones. Front row centre.
Below Errol Flynn is Lee Lyles, Vice President of the Santa Fe railroad.
What an event, maybe even bigger than the GONE WITH THE WIND premiere.
Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn.