The Valley of Gwangi

The Valley of Gwangi, film still, Warner Bros. 

Film and Television

Weird West Film Series: The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater

Included With Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members
Reservations Recommended

About the Event

It’s the 50th anniversary of this epic tale of Old West meets Lost World. Stop-motion-animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen indulged his love of dinosaurs in The Valley of Gwangi, which clearly pays tribute to King Kong (1933), the film that most inspired him as a teenager. He departed from his usual adaptations of myths and 19th-century sci-fi to cap a cycle of cinematic cowboy and monster mash-ups during the 1950s–60s. Introduced by Eric Young, executive producer of Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection (2005) and professor of film production, Chapman University.

Directed by James O’Connelly | Starring James Franciscus, Gila Golan, and Richard Carlson

NOTE: The distributor recently informed us that the available 35mm print is too damaged to screen. We are working to locate an alternate print but at this time it is likely that the film will be screened digitally, instead of in 35mm as originally planned.