Corriganville - The Story of the Ray Corrigan Ranch [Documentary]

A rare novelty feature staring Ray Corrigan who gives a tour of his legendary film location ranch.
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DVD Features:

  • Corrigan Trailers and Cowboy Coming Attractions
  • From the Samuel M. Sherman Archives
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes
  • Video: Black & White / Color
  • Released: January 27, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1960
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) English

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The ruggedly beautiful landscape of this Southern California ranch was featured in thousands of films and television episodes from the 1930s to the 1960s, most famously in the classic John Wayne western, Fort Apache (1948). Bought by cowboy star Ray "Crash" Corrigan in 1937 for $9000, the 1600 acre ranch originally served as Corrigan's home, but he wisely saw its great potential as a film location. Over the next decade, Corrigan constructed a complete western village, Silvertown, on the site. In 1949, the ranch was opened to the public as a Wild West theme park, regularly drawing thousands of visitors every weekend for a chance to meet Corrigan and to watch re-enactments of famous gunfights and cowboy stunts. It continued to be a popular tourist attraction until Bob Hope bought the property for $3,000,000 in 1965 and renamed it Hopetown. It was shut down the next year. In the 1970s, fires destroyed Silvertown and most other remaining structures, but Corriganville had already achieved immortality on the screen and in the hearts of Western fans everywhere.

Join Crash Corrigan as he gives a guided tour of his pride and joy - Corriganville. Shots of the ranch's popular staged gunfights are inter-cut with scenes from Corrigan's own films that were shot there, including his breakthrough hit serial, Undersea Kingdom (1936).


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A Must Have For Film and History Buffs! Movie Lover: from GARLAND, TX US -- August, 24, 2013

This is a must have for any film or history buff. This film is a great look into the history of the ranch and how the ranch looked back in the day. Ray Corrigan takes you on a tour of the ranch and the different sets. He also tells you a little history of his movie career.

Corriganville-The Story of the Ray Corrigan Ranch. Movie Lover: from Austin, TX US -- February, 23, 2009

Most of what I think about the old ranch town from movies bygone has been said but I will add its too bad the area can't be used more in the movie business. Fred From Austin

Corriganville - The Story of the Ray Corrigan Ranch Movie Lover: from Orlando, FL US -- February, 14, 2009

This DVD is great for film history buffs. The only thing I wish is that Ray Corrigan had walked around the town to show it to us.

Corriganville - The Story of the Ray Corrigan Ranch Movie Lover: from Roseville, CA US -- January, 24, 2009

I was the public relations director at the time the ranch was sold to Bob Hope. I was having dinner with Crash at his home when the Valley Green Sheet arrived, and we both read about it first in the newspaper before Crash was notified. I am looking forward to the DVD, knowing Crash, it will be well produced.

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  • Sales Rank: 9,198
  • UPC: 089218574695
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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