Actor's grandson attends screening of vintage Western at BYU

2010-10-21T00:11:00Z 2010-10-21T11:51:34Z Actor's grandson attends screening of vintage Western at BYUCody Clark — Daily Herald Daily Herald
October 21, 2010 12:11 am  • 

Hollywood loves a beautiful face, but doesn't always love working with it. After actor Joel McCrea starred with Golden Age screen siren Veronica Lake in the 1941 film "Sullivan's Travels," he wasn't any too eager to repeat the experience. When asked to pair up with Lake again for the 1942 film "I Married a Witch," McCrea reportedly said, "Life's too short for two films with Veronica Lake."

As James Bond once learned, however, you should never say "never again," and McCrea later reteamed with Lake for the Western "Ramrod," filmed entirely in Utah at Zion National Park and the ghost town of Grafton. If that sounds intriguing, then you'll be pleased to learn that Brigham Young University is hosting a special free screening of "Ramrod" on Friday at 7 p.m.

The screening, part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Film Series, will be held in the first-floor auditorium of the Harold B. Lee Library and is free and open to the public (seating is limited; children 8 years old and older are welcome). As an added bonus, McCrea's grandson, Wyatt McCrea, will be present at the screening to talk about his grandfather's career and introduce the film.

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