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The film was originally shot in 1948 by Ed Wood on two days. This was his
first film (tv commercial not counted) as a director. Wood completed one day
of shooting at a ranch near Saugus, California. His camera work is notable
in several respects, one of which was the early use of subjective camera as
"Tex" spots someone riding down a hill in his direction and, fearing that
his murder of the young cowboy (played by Ed Wood, age 23)would be discoverd,
turns his horse around and rides back to town in the opposite direction.
The producer of this film was the 18-year-old Crawford John Thomas, who appears
as one of the actors, a sheriff's deputy. The second day's shooting was
done in Hollywood near the Hollywood Bowl with Ray Flinn behind the
camera. The total running time of Wood's original material is 22 minutes
and the original sound track was lost. Thomas held onto the footage
until 1994, when revived interest in Wood led him to ask himself what
might be done with it. Asking questions of a friend, Brett Thompson,
he was led to Dolores Fuller, Wood's friend and collaborator from early
1952 to mid-1955. Dolores and her husband, Philip Chamberlin, did a shot
analysis and found the material out of sequence. Dolores wrote a theme
song (Crossroads of Laredo) and, with her husband, updated and extended
the old "Streets of Laredo" or "Cowboy's Lament" which had been Wood's
original idea for the plot. However, the footage Wood shot revealed many
ideas not in the old folk song. So the re-write and extended lyrics and
melody, about 60% of it not in the original song, was copywritten as "Dust
of Laredo" and in effect supplied much of the narration necessary due to
loss of the original sound track. Together, Dolores Fuller and Philip
Chamberlin wrote narration to tie everything together and persuaded
Cliffie Stone, the country music and tv hall of fame star, to record this
narration with the help of Bob Evans, a distinguished veteran of the
Motion Picture and Television Engineers organization. This was done at
Cliffie Stone's canyon home not far from where Wood shot the first
half of "Crossroads". The premiere of Wood's film was finally held on May 1,
1996 at the Nuart Theatre on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles
nearly forty-eight years after it was originally shot, leading a one-week
run. Attending were,among others in a sold-out house, were Vampira, Ann
Robimson, Samuel Goldwyn, Dolores Fuller and Brett Thompson (whose definitive
documentary, "The Hauntd World of Edward D. Wood, Jr.") was headlined.
the program ran another week at the Beverly Cineplex, then in San Francisco,
Boston and Chicago. "Crossroads of Laredo" was then pulled because it
was decided to do restoration of the deteriorated image. The film has not
been shown publicly since 1996. It had enthusiastically received showings
at the British Film Institute early in 1995 and, in late June of 1995, at
the Munich(Germany)International Film Festival as a "work in progress" prior
to its completion and spring, 1996 premiere. Present plans call for a
television presentation with accompanying interview footage after further
image enhancemen. This should make an excellent TV special. The work is
extremely compressed and has a great deal happening with 130 different
camera set-ups in 22 minutes, as many as most westerns of its time.

Jr. and his wife, Peggy, Dolores Fuller, and Ed Wood's grand daughter
footage out of sequence

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