Ken Maynard film to be shown in Indy

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Film historian Eric Grayson will screen a Hoosier cowboy film this Saturday, May 14th, at 8 p.m. at the Garfield Park Arts Center in Indianapolis -and it has a Vevay connection.

The featured film is “Flaming Lead”, which stars Vevay native Ken Maynard and Dave O’Brien.

In the 1939 film, cowhand Ken Clark is stranded in Chicago, and temporarily takes a job as a sharp-shooter entertainer in a night club, with the intention of getting enough money together to get back to his beloved Arizona. Ken helps drunken Frank Gordon (O’Brien) regain control of a ranch being slowly bankrupted by rustlers. Can Ken find the rustlers? Can Frank sober up enough to notify the police?

According to Grayson, “It’s fun western fare enlivened by Maynard’s deft horse riding tricks.”

At the screening, Grayson will introduce the film and handle a Q&A afterwards. He will also, as always, show a short or cartoon before the main feature.

Last month, the series featured a film starring Ken Maynard’s brother, Kermit, also a Vevay native.

For more information, visit www.gpacarts.org or call (317) 327-7135.

For more information on Grayson, visit www.drfilm.net/blog, or his website, www.filmeric.com.