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Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 12:00 am

When the Memphis Film Festival and WESTERN CLIPPINGS team up to present "A Gathering of Guns 2" June 3-5 at the Whispering Woods Hotel in Olive Branch, Mississippi, it will mark the first time former Warner Bros. television stars Clint "Cheyenne" Walker, Will "Sugarfoot" Hutchins, and Ty "Bronco" Hardin make a public appearance together anywhere in the country in the history of their careers. These three memorable Western stars all had popular series which rotated on the ABC network during the late '50s and early '60s. They were seen on screen together once in a "Cheyenne" episode entitled "Duel at Judas Basin" in 1961.

Actually, "A Gathering of Guns 2" (referring to an assembly of heroes from the golden age of television when Westerns ruled the ratings) at the Memphis Film Festival will achieve a number of firsts.

Hugh O'Brian is best known for his role as the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp on the television series of the same name which ran from '55-'61. Earp's brother, Morgan, on the series was played by actor Dirk London. Both he and O'Brian will be appearing together at Olive Branch. It will be the only time they've done so since they attended a festival in Tombstone, AZ, a number of years ago.

Actor James Stacy, who starred as Johnny Madrid on the "Lancer" Western series from '68-'70, will be making his very first film festival appearance in Memphis. The same goes for his stuntman brother, Lou Elias, who often doubled Stacy on the show.

Former juvenile television stars Darby Hinton and Mitch Vogel will be making their first film festival appearances at this show. Hinton played Israel Boone, the young son to Fess Parker's "Daniel Boone," from '64-'70. Vogel made a name for himself on the long-running Western series "Bonanza" portraying Jamie Hunter Cartwright from '70-'73.

Yet another Memphis Film Festival first will be the screening of a rare motion-picture serial that's only been publicly shown twice before in modern times. It will be the first time middle America will have the chance to see "Daredevils of the West", the rare 1943 Republic serial starring Allan Lane and Kay Aldridge. The only complete copy in existence was donated years ago by Jack Mathis to Utah's Brigham Young University. It's through their auspices that Memphis obtained permission to show it.

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