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Wishbone Cutter (1976)

359 Valley Street
Yellville Arkansas , AR


The Cowdrey Mansion once again appears in a motion picture, this one directed by Earl B. Smith. It also was used in the 1970s movie Bloody Mama. The film was shot in and around Marion County along the Buffalo National River (pictured). Starring Joe Don Baker, Sondra Locke, Slim Pickens and Ted Neely, the movie features The Band's classic song The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down. Arkansas native Levon Helm is a founding member of The Band. The film’s gala opening was held at the Lyric Theater in downtown Harrison and attended by most of the principals.

“In this adventure set during the Civil War, a traveler and an Irish-Indian named Half Moon O'Brien find a dying man who tells them of a large cache of diamonds he buried somewhere in the mountains . The two, joined by a man and a woman, begin searching for the treasure. Half-Moon senses that they are being followed. The members of their search party begin disappearing one-by-one. Soon they learn that the gems are cursed." - Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide



Yellville is located in the Arkansas Ozarks, approximately 130 miles north of Little Rock via U.S. 61 and Ark. 14. The town is famous for its annual Turkey Trot Festival each October.


The film’s executive producer was Barbara Pryor, former first lady of Arkansas, wife of former U.S. Senator and Arkansas Governor David Pryor.