Event Details

Our monthly club nights are held as hybrid meetings – in person at the clubhouse: 1975 26 St SE, Calgary, AB and on zoom: see link below. We welcome the public to attend as well and consider becoming a club member.


  • 6:30 pm – Clubhouse doors open, zoom started, socializing as people join / arrive, tea, coffee, snacks
  • 7:00 pm – Announcements and introduction of presenter
  • 8:30 pm – Wrap up!

February 1

Presentation: “Silent Barriers” Movie and Alberta Film Locations Talk

Mary will be doing a little talk before the movie on her second book titled “A Stunning Backdrop: Alberta in the Movies, 1917-1960”. The movie, “Silent Barriers” was one of the big “A” westerns of the 1930’s. It starred Richard Arlen, Roy Emerton (who lived in Field for a time), Lili Palmer and J. Farrell McDonald.

Milton Rosmer, the director, was British, the cast was a mix of American and British actors and the story was Canadian. It is about finding a pass through the Canadian Rockies so they could build the CPR.

It was mostly filmed in Revelstoke and Lake Louise, with many beauty shots of the Canadian Rockies as the tenacious “Hells Bells” Rogers scours the area looking for a way to build the Kicking Horse Pass. He also canoes several mountain rivers in the area. Chic Scott of Banff has identified the locations of most of the mountain scenes. Many Alberta cowboys took part in the film as wranglers and for the great horse chase to save the train from sinking into the bog near Lake Louise. The Stoney Nakoda are also in the film, as river guides and mountain scouts. It’s a lot of fun for an 85-year-old movie!

BONUS – we will have popcorn – it’s a move night after all!

Speaker Bio:

Mary Graham is a writer, documentary journalist, and film historian, with a degree in Arts (20th Century Thought), and graduate degrees in Journalism and Marine Law. She has appeared as a feature film specialist at CBC Radio and ARTE, the European Culture Channel, and presents frequently about her ongoing work on the importance of Indigenous contributions to Alberta film history in the media, and at universities, museums, and other public venues. Her book “A Stunning Backdrop: Alberta in the Movies, 1917-1960” was published in October of 2022. Her second book, on filmmaking in Alberta after 1960, is underway.

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