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Talk: Bob Richard, Early Day Western Movies

October 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT

Aerial Aerial view of Wapiti Valley below with Rattlesnake Mountain on far left, Spirit (Cedar) Mountain center, and Sheep Mountain on right background. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection, McCracken Research Library. PN.89.29.4682.8of Wapiti Valley below with Rattlesnake Mountain on far left, Spirit (Cedar) Mountain center, and Sheep Mountain on right background. Hollister Ranch on bottom right with North Fork of Shoshone River flowing into Buffalo Bill Reservoir in background.
The "rider" from Rider of the Painted Horse
The “rider” from Rider of the Painted Horse.

Early Day Western Movies, including a showing of The Rider of the Painted Horse

Bob Richard & Robyn Cutter

Thursday, October 19, 2023
Noon–1 p.m.

Join us for the October presentation of 2023 in our “Local Lore with Bob Richard” series of free programs hosted by our McCracken Research Library.

For this program, Bob welcomes Robyn Cutter, Archivist at the Park County Archives, who talks briefly about and introduces the silent film The Rider of the Painted Horse, filmed in the Cody area in 1925. Among the local actors that made up most of the cast was Will Richard, Bob’s uncle, who was cast as the villain.

The program concludes with the showing of the 50-minute film.

With a wealth of knowledge about the Cody and Yellowstone National Park areas, Bob has a lifetime of stories to share with future generations. The “Local Lore with Bob Richard” series continues every other month throughout the year. Most talks take place on the third Thursday of the month, with the exception of June (second Thursday).

The talks in this series are gathered in this YouTube playlist.

Ned Frost with movie cameras, standing in the door of his home-built RV and photography platform.
Ned Frost with movie cameras.
Members of the cast of "The Rider of the Painted Horse."
Members of the cast of “The Rider of the Painted Horse.”


About Robyn Cutter

Robyn CutterRobyn Cutter is the Archivist at the Park County Archives in Cody. She grew up in Minnesota and earned a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from North Dakota State University, and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. For the majority of her career, she directed Main Street programs, focusing on the revitalization of downtowns.

Since moving with her family to Cody in 2002, Cutter has worked for the Cody Enterprise newspaper and has managed retail stores. After studying digital preservation at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, she volunteered and then worked for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West digitizing collections before starting her tenure with the Park County Archives.

About Bob Richard

Bob Richard

A lifelong Wyoming resident, Richard’s varied experiences are pure West. He worked at guest ranches, guided horse and hunting trips, ranched, and for 37 years owned and operated Grub Steak Expeditions, personally touring thousands of visitors from around the world through Yellowstone and its ecosystem.

Educated at the Universities of Wyoming, Arizona, and California (Fresno), Richard has served as a teacher and school administrator, a decorated United States Marine Corps pilot in Vietnam, and, for 21 years, helped coordinate American Red Cross service and relief activities in the western United States.

Richard is the author of several books on the Cody and Yellowstone area, as well as his own family’s deep roots in the region. They feature his own photographs and often those of his father Jack Richard and uncle Ned Frost. For information on Bob’s photography and his published books, visit bobrichardphotography.com.

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