This special featurette was produced for Twentieth Century Fox by MadeInCloverland for Fox’s 2007 re-release on DVD of their 1939 film Charlie Chan in Reno. The featurette tells the story of former divorce ranch wrangler Bill McGee and his time on an exclusive Nevada divorce ranch in the postwar 1940s. Charlie Chan in Reno is available in the 4-DVD box set, The Charlie Chan Collection, Vol. 4. (Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)
The Divorce Seekers – Book Trailer
Ed Pearce interviews Bill McGee on the site of the famous Flying M E divorce ranch. KOLO-TV 8 Reno, ABC affiliate. Air date: Nov 8-9, 2004.
Interview with Sandra McGee at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, June 19, 2009
Interview with Bill McGee at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, OK, June 19, 2009
Welcome to Reno – America’s Divorce Resort
A two minute clip from a documentary short produced for Twentieth Century Fox by MadeInCloverland. Bill McGee provides commentary along with other Reno divorce era experts. The docu short accompanies Fox’s 2007 re-release on DVD of their 1939 film Charlie Chan in Reno. Available in the 4-DVD box set, The Charlie Chan Collection, Vol. 4. (Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)
A Return to the Flying M.E.
On May 16, 2004, the gates of the former Flying M E divorce ranch (now a private residence) were opened to 70 guests to celebrate the release of William and Sandra McGee’s book, The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler. Nearly every guest had a story to tell about the exclusive divorce ranch and its legendary proprietor Emmy Wood.
A 1943 TravelTalks documentary short produced and narrated by James A. FitzPatrick. Footage from 00:03:44 to 00:04:58 was shot on the Tumbling DW divorce ranch (later the famous Flying M E) in Washoe Valley. The gentleman in the white hat is Dore Wood, the Eastern blueblood who started the Tumbling DW in the late 1930s with his then-wife Emmy Wood.
RENO and The Romance of Divorce – Fundraising Trailer
This trailer was produced to raise seed money for an upcoming documentary that tolds the remarkable true story of how a small town in Nevada redefined the American marriage. Writer/director/producer and acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Cork says, “This documentary will not ‘glorify’ divorce, but it will tell the story of how changing our divorce laws created a more equal society. It’s a great story.”
John Cork and Lisa van Eyssen, Producers, MadeInCloverland
San Francisco Film Society, Fiscal Sponsor
KNPB Reno, PBS Sponsor Station
Bill and Sandra McGee, Creative Consultants