"Honoring Founder Packy Smith"
Saturday 2:00 p.m.
Question & Answers with Marguerite Happy
and Diamond Farnsworth
Moderator: Rob Word
Award Dinner and Show
2019 MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS - PAGE 2
"An Evening with Our Stunt Performers"
- Saturday Events -
Most of you know Patrick Wayne is the Board Chairman of the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA. It was established in 1981 in memory John Wayne who died of stomach cancer in 1979.
One of the Memphis Film Festival's many great moments last weekend was an auction that took place at our awards banquet to benefit the Wayne Cancer Institute. Sue Rutter donated a carved sign she had which Linda Crowley took around for each guest star to autograph. Master of Ceremonies John Buttram then conducted the auction. The high bid of $500 was made by Rob and Danya Vanzura-Rogers who were celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary that night.
It was a generous gift to a very worthy cause, and Patrick posed with the couple afterwards.
Pictures from the Dinner and Show!
- Friday Night Events -
Packy Smith was born September 28, 1941 and grew up in the Nashville, TN suburb of Inglewood. He attended Montgomery Bell Academy and Western Kentucky University, where he received a BA and Master's degree in Library Science.
At an early age he fell in love with cowboys, especially Rocky Lane and the comedian Joe E. Brown. After college he worked in the family business until moving to California in the late 1970's. He attended a Nostalgia Convention in Houston, Texas in the early 70's which had several guest stars and came home with the idea of doing the same thing with old cowboy stars. Along with two friends, he put on the first Western Film Festival in Memphis, TN at the Peabody Hotel in 1972 and the rest is history! He later co-founded the Lone Pine Festival in 1989.
Packy loved westerns, from the silent era to the present and his knowledge was unlimited! Nothing made Packy happier than to share his vast knowledge of the western genre with friends, family and especially with attendees at the many film festivals he attended and helped with. He had the same passion for books, politics and music (country and western); and could sit and chat for hours.
Packy will be remembered by many for his big heart, his unconditional friendship and his passion for all things Western...and banana pudding, jelly beans, oatmeal cookies, ice cream, milkshakes, root beer and baked beans. Rest in Peace Packy
The Memphis Film Festival has had a long history of performing radio recreations which is one of our most popular events.
The cast of this year's production of "Tales of the Texas Rangers" included Wyatt McCrea, who played the role of Texas Ranger Jace Pearson that his grandfather, Joel McCrea, played on NBC Radio during the early 1950's.
Radio Show Recreation
There was a surprise "band member" that performed! Who could have known Diamond would also get on stage at our awards banquet and hit guitar licks with the awesome Rob Haynes and his band? What a memorable night!!
Rob Haynes and his band provided some fantastic entertainment at our Saturday night awards banquet. He's a Memphis-based musician who's almost a "Million Dollar Quartet" rolled into one. He performed songs made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, and Floyd Cramer with a fervor and style that kept the audience fixated.
Guests receiving their awards.
Unfortunately, Angie Dickinson had to leave before the Saturday evening event so her award was presented to her before she left.
This episode, entitled 'Open and Shut' was first broadcast on September 23, 1950.
The other cast members in our recreation included Chris Mitchum, Darby Hinton, Karolyn Grimes, John Buttram, Linda Farnsworth, Lisa McCrea and announcer Rob Word.
The storyline was a murder mystery, but our actors' adlibs generated a lot of laughs which the audience thoroughly enjoyed. These recreations go back to 1992 when Frankie Thomas and Jan Merlin reprised their roles from both the radio and television versions of "Tom Corbett: Space Cadet." The performance of radio scripts became a permanent fixture of the festival in 2000 and have only been omitted once since then.