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Vintage original 9 x 12 in. US souvenir book from the 1920s silent film western epic, THE COVERED WAGON, released in 1923 by Paramount Pictures and directed by James Cruze.


Consisting of 20 pages with black-and-white photographs and full-color illustrations, it includes one page of sheet music to Oh! Susanna, by Stephon C. Foster. The front and back covers had separated and a prior owner has very professionally reattached them with a piece of Scotch tape along the front and back covered on the inside of the book. It is in fine- condition.


*"The Covered Wagon is a 1923 American silent Western film released by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by James Cruze based on a 1922 novel of the same name by Emerson Hough about a group of pioneers traveling through the old West from Kansas to Oregon. J. Warren Kerrigan starred as Will Banion and Lois Wilson as Molly Wingate. On their quest they experience desert heat, mountain snow, hunger, and Indian attack. The Covered Wagon is one of many films from 1923 that entered the public domain in the United States on January 1, 2019.


The film was a major production for its time, with an estimate budget of $782,000, equal to $13,431,461 today. In his 1983 book Classics of the Silent Cinema, radio and TV host Joe Franklin claimed this film was "the first American epic not directed by Griffith". In the 1980 documentary Hollywood: A Celebration of American Silent Cinema, Jesse L. Lasky Jr. maintained that the goal of director James Cruze was " ... to elevate the Western, which had always been sort of a potboiler kind of film, to the status of an epic".


The film required a large cast and film crew and many extras, and was filmed in various locations, including Palm Springs, California  and several places in Nevada and Utah. The dramatic buffalo hunt and buffalo stampede scenes were filmed on Antelope Island, Great Salt Lake, Utah. During filming for the movie, seven bison from the Antelope Island Bison Herd were shot and killed.


The covered wagons gathered by Paramount from all over the Southwest were not replicas, but the real wagons that had brought the pioneers west. They were cherished heirlooms of the families who owned them. The producers offered the owners $2 a day (equal to $34.35 today) and feed for their stock if they would bring the wagons for the movie. Most of the extras seen on film are the families who owned the covered wagons and were perfectly at home driving them and living out of them during the production."

*(source: Wikipedia)




THE COVERED WAGON (1923) US Souvenir Book 01

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