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MY YEAR WITH PANCHO VILLA
With my sharp nose in the wind, I read of New Mexico's plan to create "The Pancho Villa State Park. 34 acres at Columbus N.M." as a tourist attraction.
I was as hot as a Cow-Boy's Pistol on 4th of July. I was Art Director of M.G.M's great picture VIVA VILLA!, designing and building the sets in Mexico and Hollywood. I also have had 40 years experience building with adobe.
I got a letter off to George Fitzpatrick, Editor of New Mexico Magazine, then to E.R. Smith, Superintendent of State Parks — but no soap — but I tried, didn't I?
This gives me a chance to let you know how great this picture is. Produced 30 years ago, and still galloping across the Motion Picture and TV screens of the World.
It was in 1932 that a dozen of us from Hollywood circle Mexico City looking for suitable locations to film "Vivi Villa!" Howard Hawks, Ben Hecht, Charles G. Clark and others. Many miles on horseback through pulque fields, where today they have great highways. But it was a horseback picture — one of the greatest.