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Interviews and Special Featurettes with Bill and Sandra…

“Reno Memories”

A special featurette produced by Cloverland for Twentieth Century Fox to accompany Fox’s 2007 re-release on DVD of their 1939 film Charlie Chan in Reno. The piece features Bill McGee talking about growing up as a cowboy in Montana during the Great Depression and working on the exclusive Flying M.E. divorce ranch in Nevada in the late 1940s. (Run time 7:02) (Charlie Chan in Reno is available in the box set “The Charlie Chan Collection”, Volume 4.)

 

Interview on KOLO-TV 8 (Reno)

Ed Pearce of Reno’s ABC-affiliate KOLO-TV 8 interviews former Nevada divorce ranch wrangler Bill McGee on the site of the former Flying M.E., the legendary dude and divorce ranch 20 miles south of Reno, where Bill worked as the head dude wrangler from 1947 to 1950.  [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”

Two-minute clip from the full-length, 15-minute documentary short produced by Cloverland for Twentieth Century Fox to accompany Fox’s 2007 re-release on DVD of their 1939 film Charlie Chan in Reno. Bill McGee provides on-camera commentary about the Reno divorce era. (Charlie Chan in Reno is available in the box set, “The Charlie Chan Collection”, Volume 4.) (Clip courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox)

 

“A Return to the Flying M.E.”

On May 16, 2004, the gates of the legendary divorce ranch, the Flying M. E. (now a private residence), were opened to 70 guests who came by invitation-only for a special gathering to celebrate the release of Bill and Sandra McGee’s The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler. Nearly every guest had a personal connection to the exclusive dude and divorce ranch, and its legendary proprietor, Emmy Wood.  

 

“RENO and The Romance of Divorce” (A Fundraising Trailer) 

Fundraising trailer for an upcoming documentary that will tell 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

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