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Photos from “Marshal of Windy Hollow” courtesy Jerry Whittington

The Marshal of Windy Hollow, Sunset Carson.These 19 rare photos were taken during the filming of the never released “Marshal of Windy Hollow” in 1972. Filmed in 16mm color at Windy Hollow, about 10 miles south of Owensboro, KY, a western town set was built there by Hal Miller, an investor in the picture. Jerry Whittington directed the 12 day shoot and edited the film. Sunset Carson played the Marshal with Ken Maynard as a Texas Ranger and Tex Ritter as the Mayor. Maynard died six months later. When Whittington completed the editing, another investor in the film, Jack Cates, picked up the footage and was to take the film to a lab in Memphis for printing and processing. Cates was to pay the cost of about $3,000. “That was the last I saw of ‘Marshal of Windy Hollow’,” Whittington has sadly remarked, “It was never released and the whereabouts of the film is still a mystery.” Even if located today, it’s doubtful the footage would be in any condition for release after nearly 40 years. You can enjoy the inherent joy of making this labor of love at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft4uLbTpcww with Whittington’s raw 8mm color footage of Sunset Carson, Ken Maynard and others shot during the making of “Marshal of Windy Hollow”. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Jerry, Hal and others who performed one last magic act for B-western fans—as well as for Sunset, Ken and Tex. It’s a shame one inconsiderate person (now deceased) spoiled it for all of us.

Ken Maynard studies the script with three other members of the cast of “Marshal of Windy Hollow”. (Photo courtesy Jerry Whittington.)

Ken Maynard studies the script with three other members of the cast of “Marshal of Windy Hollow”, Old Joe Clark, Max Harrison and Jack Cates.

Sunset Carson checks out a camera angle for “Marshal of Windy Hollow”. (Photo courtesy Jerry Whittington.)

Sunset Carson checks out a camera angle for “Marshal of Windy Hollow” with camara man Darrell Cathcart.

Sunset Carson in a scene from “Marshal of Windy Hollow” with Bruce Embry (L) and Jerry Whittington (R).

Sunset Carson in a scene from “Marshal of Windy Hollow” with Bruce Embry (L) and Jerry Whittington (R).

Sunset Carson holds a gun on Glenn Huffman (L) and Leonard Mann (R) in the saloon from “Marshal of Windy Hollow”.

Sunset Carson holds a gun on Glenn Huffman (L) and Leonard Mann (R) in the saloon from “Marshal of Windy Hollow”.

Sunset Carson and Jerry Whittington in action for “Marshal of Windy Hollow”. (Lee Hysinger in the background.)

Sunset Carson and Jerry Whittington in action for “Marshal of Windy Hollow”. (Lee Hysinger in the background.)

Ken Maynard as a Texas Ranger in “Marshal of Windy Hollow”.

Ken Maynard as a Texas Ranger in “Marshal of Windy Hollow”.

Tex Ritter signs one of his movie posters for a fan during the filming of “Marshal of Windy Hollow”.

Tex Ritter signs one of his movie posters for a fan during the filming of “Marshal of Windy Hollow”.

Ken Maynard talks with a newspaper reporter during a lull in the filming of “Marshal of Windy Hollow”. Jessie Baker looks on in the background.

Ken Maynard talks with a newspaper reporter during a lull in the filming of “Marshal of Windy Hollow”. Jesse Baker looks on in the background.

Two of our favorite heroes from the past, Sunset Carson and Ken Maynard, together for the filming of “Marshal of Windy Hollow”.

Two of our favorite heroes from the past, Sunset Carson and Ken Maynard, together for the filming of “Marshal of Windy Hollow”.

(L-R) Hal Miller,, cartoonist Max Harrison, Tex Ritter, Sunset Carson, Tex Barr and Jerry Whittington in Hal Miller’s Windy Hollow museum.

(L-R) Hal Miller, cartoonist Max Harrison, Tex Ritter, Sunset Carson, Tex Barr and Jerry Whittington in Hal Miller’s Windy Hollow museum.

Texas Ranger Ken Maynard talks with the “Marshal of Windy Hollow”, Sunset Carson.

Texas Ranger Ken Maynard talks with the “Marshal of Windy Hollow”, Sunset Carson.

Sunset Carson seems to be saying, “Whatdya mean, stick ‘em up?”

Sunset Carson seems to be saying, “Whatdya mean, stick ‘em up?”

Sunset Carson and crew members prepare for the blowing up of the hideout shack scene from “Marshal of Windy Hollow” in the two photos above. In the first photo are Sunset, cameraman Darrell Cathcart and Jerry Whittington. In the second photo are an unknown lady, Sunset and Jerry Whittington.

Sunset Carson and crew members prepare for the blowing up of the hideout shack scene from “Marshal of Windy Hollow” in the two photos above. In the first photo are Sunset, cameraman Darrell Cathcart and Jerry Whittington. In the second photo are an unknown lady, Sunset and Jerry Whittington.

Sunset Carson and crew members prepare for the blowing up of the hideout shack scene from “Marshal of Windy Hollow” in the two photos above. In the first photo are Sunset, cameraman Darrell Cathcart and Jerry Whittington. In the second photo are an unknown lady, Sunset and Jerry Whittington.

Cameraman Darrell Cathcart sets up for a scene with Sunset Carson in “Marshal of Windy Hollow”. Kathy Patton is holding the clapboard and Jerry Whittington walks toward Sunset.

Cameraman Darrell Cathcart sets up for a scene with Sunset Carson in “Marshal of Windy Hollow”. Kathy Patton is holding the clapboard and Jerry Whittington walks toward Sunset.

Cartoonist Max Harrison presents a Kentucy Colonel certificate to Ken Maynard and Wild Bill Cody as Cody’s wife Genevieve Stockhauser looks on.

Cartoonist Max Harrison presents a Kentucy Colonel certificate to Ken Maynard and Wild Bill Cody as Cody’s wife Genevieve Stockhauser looks on.

Ken Maynard arrives in Windy Hollow for the filming of his last movie.

Ken Maynard arrives in Windy Hollow for the filming of his last movie.

(L-R) Bill Wright, cartoonist Max Harrison, Tex Barr, Leonard Worth, Sunset Carson, Bill Riley and Jesse Baker during the making of “Marshal of Windy Hollow”. Max is presenting Tex Barr with the Kentucky Colonel certificate.

(L-R) Bill Wright, cartoonist Max Harrison, Tex Barr, Leonard Worth, Sunset Carson, Bill Riley and Jesse Baker during the making of “Marshal of Windy Hollow”. Max is presenting Tex Barr with the Kentucky Colonel certificate.

 

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