In this special featurette produced for Twentieth Century Fox, Bill McGee recalls “some of the best years of my life” as a dude wrangler on the famous Flying M.E. divorce ranch from 1947 to 1949, the heyday of the Reno divorce era. Reno Memories is one of several featurettes on 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.
Interview on ABC-affiliate KOLO-TV 8, Reno. Ed Pearce interviews Bill McGee on the site of the famous Flying M.E. divorce ranch in Washoe Valley. Air date: Nov 8-9, 2004
Interview with Sandra McGee. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, June 19, 2009
Interview with Bill McGee. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, OK, June 19, 2009
Welcome to Reno – America’s Divorce Resort
The Reno divorce era comes alive in this two-minute clip from the documentary short produced for Twentieth Century Fox. Bill McGee is one of the on-camera commentators. This documentary 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 of Twentieth Century Fox)
A Return to the Flying M.E.
On May 16, 2004, the gates of the famous Flying M.E. divorce ranch (now a private residence) were opened to 70 guests to celebrate the release of William McGee and Sandra McGee’s book, The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler. Nearly every guest had a personal connection with the luxury dude ranch of the 1940s and a story to tell about its legendary proprietor, Emmy Wood.
A 1943 TravelTalks documentary short produced and narrated by James A. FitzPatrick. From 00:03:44 to 00:04:58 is footage shot on the Tumbling DW (later the famous Flying M.E.) in Washoe Valley. The tall gentleman wearing 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 (A Fundraising Trailer)
An upcoming documentary that tells 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
More Extra Material on the Reno Divorce Era…