When:
October 11, 2024 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
2024-10-11T14:00:00-07:00
2024-10-11T16:15:00-07:00
Where:
Museum of Western Film History
701 S Main St
Lone Pine
CA 93545
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Pre-Screening, film historian and Errol Flynn scholar Ross Schnioffsky will host a Q&A about the films’ director, Michael Curtiz, with special guest Alan Rode.

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE

(1936)/Warner Brothers (Filmed in Lone Pine) – 115 Min.

Directed by Michael Curtiz With Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, David Niven, C. Henry Gordon

tinted movie theater lobby card for movie The Charge of the Light Brigade featuring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland cheek to cheekThe film’s screenplay is very loosely based on the famous Charge of the Light Brigade that occurred during the Crimean War (1853–56). It begins in 1854, as Captain Geoffrey Vickers (Errol Flynn) and his brother, Captain Perry Vickers (Patric Knowles), are stationed in India, with the 27th Lancers of the British Army, during the period of East India Company dominance over the Indian subcontinent. Perry has secretly betrayed Geoffrey by stealing the love of his fiancée Elsa (Olivia de Havilland).

Following the smashing success of Captain Blood (1935), this action-adventure (partially filmed in Lone Pine) reteamed Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland in WB’s most expensive production since Noah’s Ark (1928). Based on Michael Jacoby’s adaptation of the Tennyson poem, the film eschewed historical accuracy in favor of Flynn’s star power, set piece battle sequences and a rousing score (his first for Warner Bros.) by Max Steiner. A box office blockbuster. Light Brigade nonetheless raised the hackles of animal rights advocates due to the maltreatment of horses attributed to director Michael Curtiz and assistant director B. Reeves “Breezy” Eason. A Humane Society complaint was lodged by an incensed Flynn whose relationship with the autocratic Curtiz after twelve pictures eventually reached the point of no return in 1941. The guilty pleas to animal cruelty by three Warner employees charged with the death of four horses during the filming of action sequences in Sonora, California engendered a lawsuit by Jack Warner in response to a threatened boycott of the picture. As a result of the negative publicity, Warner Bros. instituted an internal policy requiring a Humane Society representative to be present at all subsequent filming involving horses. Trip wires and pitfalls used in action sequences with horses were officially banned by the movie studios in December 1940.

 

film still showing horseback-riding errol flynn charging a battlement jumping his horse over barrier

Errol Flynn breaching the ramparts.

 

Film crew on exterior location with actor Errol Flynn and director Michael Curtiz standing next to movie camera.

Errol Flynn (in costume), director Michael Curtiz, far right.

 


Lone Pine Film Festival 2024 runs from October 10-13, 2024 and includes tours, horseback riding, and more.

Over 500 films have been shot in Lone Pine. This event lets you watch a film and then tour the locations where it was filmed.

Lone Pine Film Festival 2024 poster featuring film crew and cowboy and text: the thrill of it all.
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