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Southern Utah News Front Page: August 24, 2016
Welcome to Western Legends Roundup!
By Dixie Brunner
The community of Kanab and surrounding areas would like to warmly welcome you to the 18th annual Western Legends Roundup! The celebrating theme of this year’s August 25-27 event is “Death Valley Days.”
“Death Valley Days” ran for 17 years, and was hosted by actor Stanley Andrews. Sadly, Andrews passed away midway through production. But other famous actors stepped up to the plate, filling in as hosts and occasional stars of numerous episodes. You just might recognize their names! Have you ever heard of Dale Robertson, Robert Taylor or Ronald Reagan?
No company filmed more in Kanab than producer Robert Stabler of Madison Productions. Several dozen episodes of “Death Valley Days” were shot right here in Utah’s Little Hollywood! The series will be honored with a plaque presentation on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. on the Pony Express Stage.
The other 2016 plaque honoree is actor Jody McCrea. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Joel. He appeared in (among other work) “Young Guns of Texas,” “The First Texan,” and “Death Valley Days.” He also co-starred with his father in “Wichita Town.” He was a successful rancher, loving the frontier lifestyle that he portrayed on the big screen.