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Reno Memories
Bill McGee recalls “some of the best years of my life” when he was the dude wrangler on the famous Flying M.E. dude-divorce ranch from 1947 to 1949. Produced for Twentieth Century Fox, Reno Memories is one of several special featurettes on Fox’s 2007 re-release on DVD of their 1939 film Charlie Chan in Reno. Available in the 4-DVD box set, “The Charlie Chan Collection”, Volume 4.

 

Interview on Reno’s KOLO-TV
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 famous divorce ranch 20 miles south of Reno. (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
The Reno divorce era comes alive in this documentary short with on-camera commentary by Bill McGee and others. Produced for Twentieth Century Fox, the docu short is one of several bonus extras that accompanies Fox’s 2007 re-release on DVD of their 1939 film Charlie Chan in Reno. Available in the 4-DVD 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 famous Flying M. E. dude-divorce ranch (now a private residence) were opened to 70 guests to celebrate the release of Bill and Sandra McGee’s book, The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler. Nearly every guest had a personal connection to the exclusive divorce ranch of the 1930s and 1940s, and a story to tell. 

 

 

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
Bill and Sandra McGee, Creative Consultants

 

 

Romantic Nevada
A 1943 TravelTalks documentary short produced and narrated by James A. FitzPatrick. From 00:03:44 to 00:04:58 is footage shot on the Tumbling DW (later the famous Flying M.E.) in Washoe Valley. The tall gentleman wearing the white hat is Dore Wood, the Eastern blueblood who started the Tumbling DW in the late 1930s with his then-wife Emmy Wood.

 

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