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Silver Screen Series Presents...

The South Arkansas Historic Preservation Society, located at 412 E. Faulkner in El Dorado, announces the screening of the vintage and classic Hollywood film “A Ticket to Tomahawk” as the Silver Screen Series continues Tuesday, January 9 at 6:30 PM.  In 1876, in Colorado, the Tomahawk and Western Railroad is expanding through the Rockies but some stagecoach operators, fearing a loss of revenue, plan to sabotage the railroad. 

A Ticket to Tomahawk has sometimes been described as a musical western satire, but in fact is more "straight" western than anything else--not that there's anything wrong with that, of course. Dan Dailey plays a travelling medicine show entrepreneur who comes to the aid of fast-shootin' Anne Baxter, daughter of a railroad man. Stagecoach line representative Rory Calhoun is doing everything he can to prevent a new train service from winning a Colorado territory franchise. The whole affair boils down to a race between the train and Calhoun's coaches. The film's never-take-a-breath action scenes are played out against some of the most gorgeous Colorado scenery ever captured on Technicolor. A Ticket to Tomahawk has achieved latter-day fame due to the unbilled presence of Marilyn Monroe as one of Dan Dailey's chorus gals. 

Produced in 1950, this 20th Century Fox, Technicolor, 90 minute film was written by Richard Sale and Mary Loos and directed by Richard Sale. This film is not rated.

 During your visit be sure to experience the Michael Fitzgerald Collection now on display at the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society. The exhibit is a sampling of this vast collection of over 10,000 items, donated in memory of Michael’s mother, Tommie May Murphy Fitzgerald, includes over 600 vintage 16mm films, many which are now considered to be lost, hundreds of first edition books and autobiographies inscribed and signed by their authors, rare studio stills, headshots, lobby cards, posters, press books, records, and hundreds of cards, letters, and postcards. Almost every item in the collection was provided by the stars and authors, themselves, to the man who was not only a fan but a friend.

 For more information about The Silver Screen Series at The South Arkansas Historic Preservation Society, call 862-9890 or visit