Organizers Hope 'Tombstone' Inspires Western Dress

The first of a western film series starts Sunday, with a movie that's been called the godfather of westerns because of its authenticity. So organizers of the showing are asking everyone to help set the stage.

News Director Leslie Stratmoen has the story.

Organizers of Sunday's showing of the movie, “Tombstone,” as the first of the western film festival at the WYO Theater in Sheridan, are hoping the old west comes alive by asking show goers to dress the part.

Gene Sturlin, who'll be introducing the film and talking about its fame and foibles, says he'll be donning his “gus hat,” one he created to look like the style Robert Duvall wore in another famous western, “Lonesome Dove.”

The hat's named so because of it's special styling, which he describes, then tells how he shapes it.

In donning his special hat, he hopes others do, too, like maybe wearing a top hat or bowler. It's not necessary, he said, but could be fun to dress for the occasion, in period-style, 1880s clothing, like those seen in the movie.

For the men, that might be a knee-length topcoat like the one Curt Russell wore as Wyatt Earp or the calf-length overcoat like Val Kilmer's Doc Holiday. Or you could go with a bright red shirt like Powers Boothe's Curly Bill character. All worn over tweed or woolen trousers. And don't forget the Ascot tie.

Sturlin said they really want people to get into the spirit of the show, because there will be a set of dinner tickets to Frackelton's for the best dressed lady and gentleman.

Now for the gals, the period-style movie dress to come as a lady might be an ankle-length brocade full skirt with bustle, topped with a short waist-cut jacket, accessorized with a parasol and riding hat.

But if you're coming as one of the ordinary town folk, a plain cotton prairie dress and bonnet would do. Or you could be a bit risque and wear a daringly short calf-length flouncy skirt over fishnet stockings and bared decollete bodice, topped with a feather-plumed headdress to be one of the saloon girls.

Whether costumed, or not, Sturlin says just come and enjoy the film. The show starts at 3 in the afternoon. Tickets are $10, $8 for military and seniors, $6 for students and $4 for 12-year-olds and younger. The theater is located on the corner of Brundage and Main streets in Sheridan.