Reno divorce ranch wrangler Bill McGee talks about life on Nevada’s most exclusive divorce ranch, the famous Flying M.E., from 1947 to 1949. This special featurette was produced for Twentieth Century Fox and is on the DVD with the 1939 film, Charlie Chan in Reno. Available in the 4-DVD box set, The Charlie Chan Collection, Vol. 4.
The Divorce Seekers – Book Trailer
Ed Pearce interviews Bill McGee on the site of the famous Flying M.E. divorce ranch. Air date: Nov 8-9, 2004. KOLO-TV 8 Reno, ABC affiliate.
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
The Reno divorce ranch 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 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. From 00:03:44 to 00:04:58 is footage shot on the Tumbling DW divorce ranch (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 – 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