Chad Deal 9:26 p.m., June 19
A hundred years from now, students may study the movies of the past not for the plot or techniques but to comb the backgrounds for details from the period.
We probably have no idea what they'll find important: technology, density of population, fashions, pre- or mid-climate change conditions? They may even be able to recreate a three-dimensional portrait from a single pixel (or, if technology continues its current trend, their brains will be one big TV).
Today, many San Diegans watch the movie Battle Cry for more than just the story. Raoul Walsh shot much of the film, in 1955, at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot and Camp Pendleton. When the camera at MCRD faces east, you can see Presidio Hill with far fewer trees and Linda Vista almost devoid of houses.
This Saturday, June 30, the Julian Historical Society offers a similar glimpse into the past. Film preservationist Richard M. Roberts will screen Galloping On - a silent film shot in 1925.
The movie stars Wally Wales (aka, the ubiquitous Hal Taliaferro, who performed in westerns from 1916 to the early 50s) as Wally Moore. Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, he comes home to find that rustlers stole his cattle and an evil banker's stealing the ranch from Moore's mother (Louise Lester). Complicating matters: Moore just saved the banker's daughter from a runaway carriage.
The real star for those attending screenings at the Julian High School multi-purpose room - at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - will be the location. Director Richard Thorpe shot most scenes in and around Julian, circa 1925.
Along with hooraying the hero and hissing the villain, spectators could be oo-ing and ah-ing the town as it looked over 90 years ago.
Roberts will give a talk. Julian High School: 1656 Highway 78. Ticket information: (760)765-4736 or (760)765-0436.
Pictured: Slim Whitaker, who portrays Jack Bowers in Galloping On