Movie Days return to Montrose

Photo courtesy Museum of Mountain West—Ladies and gentlemen appear in period costume during the first Western Movie Days event in Montrose in 2010. The festival featured films shot in Colorado and centered on the original production of “True Grit,” starring John Wayne. This year, the focus shifts to the small screen and the long-running show “The Virginian.” Guests scheduled to attend include the actor who played the title role, James Drury.



MONTROSE — Curators of the Museum of the Mountain West hope the second annual Tribute to Western Movie Days will lure thousands of movie and history buffs to Montrose next weekend.

This year, four original members of the television series “The Virginian” will join screen writers and other special guests to perform skits, re-enact gunfights and conduct question-and-answer discussions about their careers.

“The Virginian” cast members James Drury, Randy Boone, Gary Clark and Roberta Shore are expected to attend the two-day festival, which takes place Saturday and Sunday. Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Lynn Anderson will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Montrose Pavilion.

For the museum curators,  Bob DeQuinze and Richard Fike, the event will be an opportunity for fans to see the stars of the show up close and meet one of its writers, Richard Fielder.

“For many, this will be the first time outside of television that they will meet them, instead of having just the memories of the show,” DeQuinze said.

“The Virginian” was broadcast in 249 episodes from 1962 to 1971. The show was just one of a number of Hollywood credits for members of the cast. For Drury, the list includes a role in the Elvis Presley western “Love Me Tender” in 1956. Clark appeared in other shows and was a writer for the 1960s TV comedy “Get Smart.”

The event will feature vendors, arts and crafts, pony rides, live music and three gunfights performed in period dress.

“There will be more female involvement, a more accurate display of a western town, with one fight between two brothel owners who are women,” Fike said.

Fike said no historical tours will be given during the event.

The museum is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and East Miami Road, two miles east of Montrose.

Tickets for Tribute to Western Movie Days are $10 for adults, $5 for children over the age of 5. Children under 5 get in free.

Tickets for Lynn Anderson’s Sunday concert are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. To order concert tickets, call 970-249-7015.

For information about the festival, call 970-240-3400, or visit the museum’s website, http://www.mountainwestmuseum.com.


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