Local history and legends associated with "The Mine with the Iron Door," a locally filmed, 1924 silent movie that's newly discovered, are being shared this Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Oro Valley Public Library.
Barbara Marriott, author and expert on the history of the Cañada del Oro, offers a pre-premiere program about the film, its setting and book author Harold Bell Wright at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Her presentation is being made through the Oro Valley Historical Society. It is free and open to the public.
The Rialto Theater, in partnership with the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, is screening the newly discovered and restored silent movie on Friday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 10.
"The Mine with the Iron Door" was filmed in the Tucson, Oro Valley and Oracle areas and premiered at the Rialto Theater in October 1924. It was then released internationally and became one of the biggest hits of that year.
"The Mine with the Iron Door" is based on a novel by renowned author Harold Bell Wright. Wright supposedly first heard about the legend of the lost mine while visiting the Pusch family at Steam Pump Ranch. He then went to the Mountain View Hotel in Oracle and made arrangements to write his novel in a remote cabin in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Drew Gorski, board member of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, is joining Marriott in providing details about the history of the film and its author.