Train to the Trail — Beginning 80 Years Ago Today

13 Dec

December 13-14-15, 1940

Contemporary news accounts:

Again the Old Santa Fe Trail”. The New York Times. December 8, 1940. p. 188.
Schallert, Edwin (December 13, 1940).

“Celebrities En Route to Film Event”. Los Angeles Times. p. 28. Daugherty, Frank (December 14, 1940).

“Santa Fe Greets ‘Trail’ Film With a Three-Day Fiesta: Parade of Indian Tribes, Official Reception Held”. The Christian Science Monitor.

— Tim


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  1. Claudia

    December 16, 2020 at 8:15 am

    And here are a few pictures of Santa Fe‘s old town today – it probably hasn‘t changed much since then…





    The beautiful Lensic Theater – I may be mistaken but I think the movie premiere was held there:


    • Gentleman Tim

      December 16, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      WOW, Claudia! Thank you! How great it is you took those photos …and took that trip!!

      Here is a photo from the premiere, taken in front of the Lensic! Can you or anyone confirm or deny whether that’s Errol on the stage (and ??) I can’t tell for sure on my cell, but looks like it could be Errol and Lovely Rita up there in the (un)covered wagon.


      • Claudia

        December 17, 2020 at 9:44 am

        Thanks Tim – it‘s so great to see this picture, knowing I stood there several times! I do think it‘s Errol and Rita on the wagon. The pose sure looks like one our man Flynn would strike.

        • Gentleman Tim

          December 17, 2020 at 10:36 am

          You’ve been travellin’ like Flynn, Claudia! So very cool.

          Though the date’s off a year, I believe the photo linked below confirms that it was indeed Virile Errol and Lovely Rita, along with Rudy Vallee and Charlie Ruggles, in that half-covered covered wagon.