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Terror at Black Falls movie memorabilia collection

MS.000810


REPOSITORY: Arkansas State Archives
TITLE: Terror at Black Falls movie memorabilia collection
DATE: 1914-2009
QUANTITY: 2.1 Cubic feet
CALL NUMBER: MS.000810
LANGUAGE: Materials are in English, German, and Spanish.


Historical Note:

Terror at Black Falls was a small-budget western movie filmed in Scotland, Arkansas (Van Buren County) in 1959. House Peters, Jr. starred as the sheriff. This was one of his many roles in "B" western films starring Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, as well as many roles on TV westerns. He also served as the model and live actor for the original "Mr. Clean." Throughout the decades, Mary Jean Hall of Scotland, Arkansas, continued correspondence with House Peters, Jr., as well as Gary Gray, who played the deputy in the original film. House Peters returned to Scotland, Arkansas, in 1992, and Gary Gray also returned to commemorate the making of the film with the people in Van Buren County.

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Scope and Contents:

The collection contains photographs of the Terror at Black Falls movie site at Scotland, Arkansas, and more recent photographs of House Peters, Jr. and Gary Gray returning to the community for visits. Promotional materials for Terror at Black Falls and other films House Peters, Jr. starred in are included. The collection contains copies of the film in DVD and VHS formats. Also included are photocopied newspaper clippings concerning House Peters, Jr.’s career, photocopied glamour shots and movie stills of House Peters, Sr. and House Peters, Jr., and correspondence between Mary Jean Hall and House Peters, Jr. and Gary Gray. An original copy of the script for Ordeal at Dry Red was given to Mary Jean Hall by House Peters, Jr. His autobiography “Another Side of Hollywood” is part of the collection.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection contains material that is confidential information and/or sensitive in nature, which are protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. The state of Arkansas’s constitution grants its residents a fundamental right of privacy. Therefore these materials will be accessible upon request to researchers with the advisement that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals may have legal ramifications for which the Arkansas State Archives (ASA) assumes no responsibility. The ASA balances the needs of the researcher against the need for confidentiality of persons or institutions. The ASA will strive to provide a redacted access copy of all the material within five (5) business days, depending on the size of the collection and the amount of material requested. Notice will be provided to the requestor should the archives require more time due to media type, size, or scope of the materials in question. Please contact us at 501.682.6900 or state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Terror at Black Falls movie memoribilia collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, AR

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The collection was donated by Mary Jean Hall, a native of Scotland, Arkansas, in 2017.

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  • Gary Gray

    • Cards: Gary Gray (Box 1)

    • Correspondence: Gary Gray (Box 1)

  • House Peters, Jr.

    • Autographed Materials: House Peters, Jr. (Box 1)

    • Book: Another Side of Hollywood, by House Peters, Jr. 2000 (Box 1)

    • Cards: House Peters, Jr. (Box 1)

    • Correspondence: House Peters, Jr. (Box 1)

    • Photocopied Materials: Newspaper Articles with House Peters, Jr. (Box 1)

    • Printed Materials: Original Script "Ordeal at Dry Red" (Box 1)

    • Printed Materials: Retirees Article with House Peters, Jr. (Box 1)

    • Scrapbooked Materials: Notes and News Articles 1935-1998 (Box 1)

    • Photocopied Materials: House Peters, Jr. Filmography 1936-2003 (Box 1)

    • Matted and signed photo and text of House Peters, Jr. (Box 2)

    • Banking information from House Peters, Jr. [RESTRICTED] (Box 4)

    • Greetings from House Peters, Jr. VHS box. [RESTRICTED] (Box 4)

  • House Peters, Sr.

    • Photocopied Materials: House Peters, Sr. Articles (Box 1)

    • Photocopied Materials: House Peters, Sr. Movie Memorabilia (Box 1)

    • Photocopied Materials: House Peters, Sr. Personal Materials (Box 1)

  • Movie Memorabilia

    • Photocopied Materials: Terror at Black Falls Promotional Material (Box 1)

    • Photocopied Materials: Other Movie Memorabilia (Box 1)

    • Printed Materials: Golden Boot Awards (Box 1)

    • Printed Materials: Terror at Black Falls Movie Posters 1962 (Box 2)

  • Family Genealogy

    • Peters Family Genealogy (Box 1)

  • Photographs 1914-2003

    • PH.TABF.0001-.0010: Set photos with some including Sandra Knight, Reza Bayidi, Gary Gray, House Peters, Jr., and Madeleine Holmes 1959 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0011-.0020: Set photos with some including Bernice Gardner, Peter Mamakos, Maureen Cookson, Armand Alzamora, Sandra Knight, Gary Gray, and John A. Alonzo 1959 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0021-.0030: Set photos with some including John A. Alonzo, Maureen Cookson, and Mutt Jones 1959 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0031-.0034: Set photos of behind the scenes of the film (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0035-.0044: Reunion photos with some including Gary Gray, Jean Gray, Connie Hall, Mary Jean Hall, and Olen Jones Undated (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0045-.0054: Reunion photos with some including Gary Gray, House Peters, Jr., Lucy Peters, Mary Jean Hall, and Jean Gray Undated (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0055-.0065: Reunion photos with some including House Peters, Jr., Lucy Peters, Albert Frye, Mary Jean Hall, and Jean Hall Undated (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0065-.0072: Reunion photos with some including House Peters, Jr., Mary Jean Hall, Lucy Peters, and “Mr. Clean” Undated (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0073-.0082: Set photos with some including Jack Haines, Sandra Knight, Gary Gray, Armand Alzamora, Peter Mamakos, John A. Alonzo, Raza Bayidi, and Mutt Jones 1959 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0083-.0092: Set photos with some including Peter Mamakos, Raza Bayidi, Madeleine Holmes, Maureen Cookson, and Bernice Gardner 1959 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white, color, and sepia with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0093-.0102: Set photos with some including Armand Alzamora, Clyde Haines, Albert Koonce, Mutt Jones, and Peter Mamakos 1959 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0103-.0112: Set photo shots with various unknown actors 1959 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white, color, and sepia with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0113-.0122: Set and production shots with some including various unknown actors and Reza Bayidi 1959 (Box 3)

      Colors and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0123-.0130: Set and production shots with some including House Peters, Jr. and Bernice Gardner 1959 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0131-.0140: Signed photos of House Peters, Jr. with various people including Clayton Moore 1996-1997 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0141-.0151: Photos of House Peters, Jr., Lucy Peters, Gary Gray, and Myron Hexley with some signed by House Peters, Jr. 1996-2000 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0152-.0158: Photos of House Peters, Jr., House Peters, Sr., and Gary Gray 1958-1962 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0159-.0164: Photos of House Peters, Sr., House Peters, Jr., and John Doucette 1914-1959 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white, color, and sepia with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0165-.0174: Set photos and awards ceremony photos including House Peters, Jr. 1959-2000 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0175-.0184: Set photos with some including House Peters, Jr., Armand Alzamora, James Black, Peter Mamakos, and Gary Gray 1959 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0185-.0194: Set photos with some including House Peters, Jr., I. Stan Jolly, and Armand Alzamora 1959 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white, color, and sepia with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0195-.0204: Set photos with some including Maureen Cookson and various groups of people 1959 (Box 3)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white, color, and sepia with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0205-.0214: Set photos with some including Maureen Cookson and Madeleine Holmes 1959 (Box 4)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white, color, and sepia with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0215-.0224: Set photos with some including Peter Mamakos, Sandra Knight, Gary Gray, Armand Alzamora, and John A. Alonzo 1959 (Box 4)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white, sepia, and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0225-.0234: Set and production photos with some including Maureen Cookson and Peter Mamakos 1959 (Box 4)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0235-.0244: Set photos with some including Madeleine Holmes 1959 (Box 4)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0245-.0254: Set photos with some including Gary Gray, Sandra Knight, Armand Alzamora, I. Stan Jolly, House Peters, Jr., and Maureen Cookson 1959 (Box 4)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white and color with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0255-.0258: Set photos with some including Armand Alzamora 1959 (Box 4)

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white, color, and sepia with varying dimensions.

    • PH.TABF.0259-.0269: Miscellaneous photos with Mary Jean Hall, Lucy Peters, House Peters, Jr., and House Peters, Sr. 1925-2003 (Box 4)

      Corresponding Article:

      PH.TABF.0262 has a corresponding article in Box 1, Folder 13. Article is titled "Jivin' Jacks and Jills."

      Color and Dimensions:

      Photographs are in black and white, color, and sepia with varying dimensions.

    • Set photographs from the Terror at Black Falls movie. [RESTRICTED] (Box 4)

  • Multimedia 1959-1999

    • ASA_VHS_TABF_MS810_VideoTape_01: Gary Gray Video Statement for Scotland's 125 Year Celebration 1999 (Box 5)

      Description:

      Gary Gray, supporting lead actor in Terror at Black Falls, giving a video statement to the residents of Scotland, Arkansas, for the town's 125th anniversary.

      Color

      Duration: 1:20

    • ASA_VHS_TABF_MS810_VideoTape_02: Greetings from the Peters, Jr., House and Lucy, to the Residents of Scotland, AR. 125th Anniversary June 5, 1999 (Box 5)

      Description:

      House Peters, Jr. and Lucy Peters greeting the residents of Scotland, Arkansas, as part of the town's 125th anniversary.

      Color

      Duration: 7:20

    • ASA_VHS_TABF_MS810_VideoTape_03: Terror at Black Falls, Scotland, Arkansas 1959 (Box 5)

      Description:

      AETN's Good Times Picture Show edition of Terror at Black Falls. Other materials were recorded on the VHS.

      Color and Black and White

      Duration: 1:30:31

    • ASA_VHS_TABF_MS810_VideoTape_04: Return of the Bad Man with Gary Gray (Box 5)

      Description:

      AETN's Good Times Picture Show edition of Return of the Bad Man, starring Gary Gray, the supporting lead actor in Terror at Black Falls. Gary Gray discusses Scotland, Arkansas, at the end of the film.

      Color and Black and White

      Duration: 1:43:21

    • ASA_VHS_TABF_MS810_VideoTape_05: Original Terror at Black Falls from House Peters, Jr. 1994 (Box 5)

      Description:

      A copy of the Terror at Black Falls film from House Peters, Jr. to Mary Jean Hall.

      Black and White

      Duration: 1:10:00

    • ASA_DVD_TABF_MS810_Disc_01: American Pop Classics Presents Terror at Black Falls 2009 (Box 5)

      Description:

      A DVD copy of the Terror at Black Falls film.

      Black and White

      Duration: 1:10:00

      2.04 GB

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