History Center screening 3 Colorado-filmed movies in July
Three Colorado-filmed feature movies - two of them shot in the Springs - will be
presented at the Old Colorado City History Center for its second annual Tuesday
Night Movies in July.
This was a promotional poster for "One Minute to
Zero" when it was released in 1952. It will screen at the Old Colorado City
History Center July 15.
Courtesy of Old Colorado City Historical
Society (same for "Tomahawk" on home page)
The dates will be July 1, 15 and 29 at 7 p.m. The History Center is at 1 S. 24th St.
Admission is free, but donations are “greatly appreciated” and the audience will
be limited to 50 patrons, according to an article in West Word, the
for the volunteer Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS).
For more information, or to make reservations, call the History Center at
The West Word article also provides background information on each
movie, as researched by OCCHS archivist Tom Daniels. Summaries appear below,
with quoted parts from the article:
July 1, “The Lawyer” (1970), starring Barry Newman, Harold
Gould and Robert Colbert. “The director made good use of Colorado Springs
locations, and you will see many of them as they appeared in 1970. Scenes were
also filmed at the Banning Lewis Ranch and Calhan. The old El Paso County jail
was even used and was changed (for the movie) to the 'El Palo County jail' with
the substitution of one letter.”
July 15, “One Minute to Zero” (1952), starring Robert Mitchum,
Ann Blyth and William Tallman. “RKO pictures wanted to show the American
people what the Korean War was all about as it was actually going on. Limekiln
Valley at Camp Carson (now Fort Carson) was chosen, as it resembled Korea. A
runway was constructed and faux rice paddies were built, and much of the action
took place in this area just east of Colorado Highway 115. Newsreel footage of
actual war was inserted in key scenes so you got the feel of seeing the real war.
The stars were here for the six-week shooting schedule, and the world premiere
was held at the Chief Theater Aug. 12, 1952. Sixty-two years later, if you know
where to look, you can still see the outlines of the runway and rice paddies in the
July 29, “A Ticket to Tomahawk" (1950), starring Dan Dailey,
Baxter and Rory Calhoun, with a bit part by Marilyn Monroe, “The Tomahawk &
Western Railroad can win a franchise if it reaches its destination by a certain date.
But the stagecoach company does everything in its power to see that it does not
happen. This film would be best described as a musical-comedy western… filmed
on both the Denver & Rio Grande and Rio Grande Southern narrow gauge lines in
western Colorado… And if you're lucky, you might spot one well-known former
Colorado Springs resident as an extra.”
From a press release
Old Colorado City History Center)