- Reno Memories – A 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. The piece features Bill McGee, who talks 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. Charlie Chan in Reno is available in the box set “The Charlie Chan Collection”, Volume 4.
2. 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]
3. Interview with Sandra McGee at The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, June 19, 2009.
4. Interview with Bill McGee at The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, June 19, 2009.
5. Welcome to Reno: America’s Divorce Resort – A clip from the 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. [This two-minute clip from the full-length, 15-minute documentary short is courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox]
6. 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. Nearly every guest had a personal connection to Nevada’s exclusive 1940s and ‘50s dude and divorce ranch, and its legendary proprietor, Emmy Wood. The event was hosted by authors Bill and Sandra McGee to celebrate the release of their new book, The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler.
7. RENO and The Romance of Divorce (A Fundraising Trailer) – 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