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UNR ‘Honors the Horse’ at new exhibit
by Tribune Staff
Sep 13, 2010 | 914 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Fall 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the filming of the movie “The Misfits” in Reno, Dayton and the Pyramid Lake area. The star-studded film, written by Arthur Miller and directed by John Huston, was the last movie appearance for both Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, and also featured Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter and Eli Wallach.

However, other “stars” in the movie were four-legged creatures: Wild horses, rodeo horses and trained movie horses played prominent roles in the film. To pay homage to these horses, along with horses in general, which have played an important role in Nevada’s history, the Honoring the Horse exhibit will be featured in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center beginning Wednesday.

Honoring the Horse not only will include “glamour shots” and posters of horses from the movies, but also will highlight the major roles horses have played in Nevada’s mining, farming, ranching, transportation and tourism industries. Additionally, it will illustrate the sometimes conflicting interests and views surrounding the treatment and desired fate of Nevada’s wild horses.

Materials on display will include film and audio recordings of Reno’s Wild Horse Annie (Velma Johnson), who successfully advocated for passage of the first federal legislation protecting wild horses and burros from inhumane treatment. This month marks the 51st anniversary of the passage of the Wild Horse Annie Act.

The Honoring the Horse exhibit will run through March 2011, and in February the Knowledge Center will host a discussion and showing of “The Misfits,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.

For more information, visit or call 682-5665.
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