Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pat Casey's Last Chance



One of the structures from Rainbow Ridge that always seems to stand out is Pat Casey's Last Chance Saloon. In photo #1, Tony Curtis, Suzanne Pleshette, and Claire Wilcox pose in a Mine Car for Nature’s Wonderland with the saloon visible in the background for the 1962 movie “40 Pounds of Trouble.”

In vivid color, we can see the bright reds in this next shot, also taken in 1962:



To put things in perspective, let’s pull back a bit to see where it the saloon fit in with the other businesses in Rainbow Ridge:





Unfortunately, Pat Casey’s didn’t make the transfer over into the “new” Rainbow Ridge which is part of the Big Thunder Mountain attraction. The saloon seen today pales in comparison. And to add insult to injury, no dental work is done at the new place!



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6 comments:

Connie Moreno said...

Dave, are you saying that movie was actually filmed at Disneyland?

Davelandweb said...

Sure was Connie; here's a previous post I wrote about the filming:

http://davelandblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/forty-pounds-of-trouble.html

Katella Gate said...

Hm. An old west saloon with pink walls. Hm. Maybe it was a different kind of drinking place.

Robby Cress said...

Great post. I love the vintage photos! This film is still in my "need to see list." I think it is only available on VHS - I hope Universal does a DVD release. I would think there would be enough Disney fans out there willing to buy the film to make it worth it for Universal.

Davelandweb said...

Katella - You could be onto something! Robby - on Amazon you can buy a DVD-R version of it. The numbers just don't support a full-blown quality version of this flick when the Disneyland portions are readily available on Youtube and in general, the movie is somewhat of a snoozer.

Robby Cress said...

Thanks Dave for the tip! How I love Youtube. I will definitely need to check the videos out there then.