Total Press Run
Vol. 1 No. 49
Greater Kinf^s Mountain's Progressive Newspaper
Kings Mountain Mirror, Wednesday, August 2, 1972
10 Pages Today Plus 4-Page Tabloid Insert
KM Movie Becomes Reality-
Filming Now Underway
By Rodney Dodson
Editor, The MIRROR
A dream became a reality Monday lor
Four Fellow, Inc., when Studio 1 Produc
tion Co. shot the first scenes of the movie
"Sign Off” being filmed in its entlrity lo
cally and to be released this fall.
• After months of planning and hard work,
asting has been completed, the Louls-
ille, Kentucky based production crew is
here on location, and the feature-length
motion picture is being filmed right here
In Kings Mountain.
Pete Floyd, with Four Fellows, said on
location Monday that the Studio 1 Company
technicians are among the best in the bus
iness, and were hired because the film’s
backers wanted to "get the best because
the script merited it.”
The first scenes of the movie were in
terior shots, and the brick building behind
Mountaineer Pharmacy, which serves as
headquarters for Four Fellows, was used
as a set for some police station interior
shots. The Studio 1 van was parked beside
the building and was loaded with about
$10,000 worth of equipment. The 35mm
movie camera was set up Inside, and a
large reflector was placed across the
street to throw more sunllghton the shad
There was an air of excitement surround
ing the set as the actors checked their lines
and last minute props were added. The set
was decorated with two cluttered desks.
E m,.ty drink bottles added an authentic
touch. The walls were cluttered with
WANTED posters, newspaper clippings,
and other paraphanelia adding to the clut
ter. On the police lieutenant’s desk was
an edition of the Kings Mountan Mirror.
The actors, some of whom have never
been in front of a live camera, were anx
ious and excited, others seemed quite
calm. Linda Faile, who plays the female
character of Gail, and appeared in
"The Body Shop” and "Night of the Cat”
had food on her mind as lunch time neared-
“Is there anywhere close by to buy a hot
dog or something?” She finally left, re
turning with some buns and pimento cheese
spread. A sort of Impromptu picnic re
sulted, with some of the cast sitting in the
shade on a blanket eating lunch.
Mike Muscat, who plays Toby(TheTown
Idiot) approached reporters in his full
costume and said forthrightly, "i’mToby,
the town idiot!” He gave a convincing per
formance. He’s a veteran of the Kings
Mountain Little Theatre, and received ac
claim for a similar roleheplayedin"The
Mousetrap.” Mike said he enjoys that type
of character protrayal, rather than a star
role. He was sittl^ on the grass eating
limch between takes, reviewing his lines
out loud, much to the amusement of him
self and everyone around him.
Most of Monday morning was filled with
getting the set ready, and it was after noon
when the first takes were lUmed involving
Reb Wiesener, who portrays Police Lieu
tenant Reb, and Jim Arp, local disc jock.
On the set are Bettlna Drake, Jim Arp and Reb Wiesener, doing a run-through of their
^ scene Monday. This segment was filmed at Four Fellows headquarters on
Watterson Street. (Mirror Photo)
Sheriffs Dept. Arrest 9 —Area Break-Ins Reported
Several breakins were recorded this past
week around Kings Mountain.
Jimmie McEntire reported to Cleveland
County deputies that someone broke out a
window on the south side of his home some
time over the weekend. The Route 2,
Cherryville resident reported that two
dark brown wigs were missing.
Last Wednesday, Ralph Maohen discover
ed that the office of Neal Hawkins, located
on the Service Road below Highway 161
south of Kings Mountain had been broken
into. A Gibson Air Conditioner and an
AM-FM radio belonging to Maohen was
A tool box full of tools was missing at
the home of Clyde Harden. Harden of
Route 3, Kings Mountain reported the tool
box gone Friday.
A break in at the Battleground Service
Station Sunday night netted thieves approx
imately $8 and six cartons of cigarettes.
According to Sheriff’s Department re
ports the station on Highway 216 was en
tered through a rear door. A panel had
been removed from the door allowing a
swered a call at the home of Bill Vaughn,
701 Stone Street. The call came at 3:10
p.m. and damages were listed as severe.
A fire resulting from a faulty fuse box
occured at the home of Mrs. Lottie Bur
ton of 612 Meadowbrook Road. Firemen
were dispatched to the fire at 5:30 a.m.
Friday morning. Firemen reported da
mage as light.
very small person to get in. Detective
Paul Barbee investigated the break in.
Nine area residents were listed on the
Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department
arrest reports last week.
Thomas Jenkins, 33, of 7250 Midpines in
Kings Mountain arrested for assault on a
Boyd Gilliam, 67, of Route 1, Grover,
apprehended for carrying a concealed
William Nell Blanton, 35, of Route 2,
Kings Mountain taken in for public drunk-
Willie Gene Self, 25, of Route 1, Grover,
also a capias for non-support.
Patsy Ann Burton, 29, of 206 Blanton
Street in Kings Mountain was arrested for
injury to real property.
Perry Lane Clack, 17, of 106 Wells Street
in KingsMountain charged with larceny
and violation of probation.
David Herndon, 33, of Route 2, Kings
Mountain, assault on a female,
Fred Lovelace, 41, of Route 2, Kings
Mountain arrested (or simple assault,
James Alfred Kilgore, of Route 2, Kings
Mountain, capias for non-support.
Local Man Charged In
Bessemer City Murder
John Roscoe Teat of Kings Mountain was
one of two men charged in the murder of
Lauder McCullough, a 60 year old resident
of Bessemer City.
The other suspect, Melvin D. Berry, of
Bessemer City and Teat were arrested
early Tuesday morning.
Reports had stated that McCullough wasa
convicted bootlegger and the motive behind
the murder was believed to be robbery.
The body was discovered Monday in the
woods on the Landers Chapel-HlghShoals
Road, by a youth riding his bicycle along
the road. The body had been shot three
times and also had received cuts on the
Mickey Floyd, son of Pete Floyd, who is a member of Four Fellows production curr
ently producing the movie here in Kings Mountain, is on a 10 day leave from the Eglin
H. S. Air Force Base to do a musical performance in the film, Floyd arrived in town
Monday night, and will serve as a back-up man for Jim Arp and will do one song in a mu
sical segment. When he returns to the A. F, base, he will begin touring with a 7 piece
band representing the Air Force.
Police believe that the cutting took place
in McCullough’s Texas Avenue Trailer
home and then he was taken to the High
Shoals Road site where he was shot. When
the body was found, McCullough’s wallet
was missing and an undetermined amount
of money had been taken. Noweaponshad
Police Chief Tom McDevitt of the Kings
Mountain Police Department assisted in
the Tuesday morning arrests.
In about three weeks the school doors
all over the city will open for the students
in Kings Mountain.
According to the superintendent’s office
teachers report for duty August 21st. Pu
pil orientation will be on the 24th, and the
first full day of school for the 72-73 school
year will fall on August 25th.
KM Youth Killed
In S.C. Wreck
A Kings Mountain youth was killed in an
auto accident Saturday near Aynor, South
Highway Patrol reports stated that John
ny Costner, 18, of 1270 Midpines In Kings
Mountain was killed when his truck hit a
car driven by Ernest Galloway of High
Point head - on. The wreck occured on
Highway 501, five miles east of Aynor at
Buford Bowens, a passenger in the truck
with Costner was listed in fair condition
by the Conway hospital, Galloway was also
listed as being in fair condition but a pas
senger in his car, Dawn Dawkins, 12, was
dead on arrival, Mrs. Galloway was in
who is playing himself as a former Coun
try-Western singer being questioned by
the Lieutenant about a girl’s murder, ar
ound which the plot Is centered.
Other cast members are: Carl Wies
ener as Chief Lardas, Kay Wiesener as
Melisa the maid, PhllllpSanders as Hippie
Line, Francis Hutchins as Becky, Pete
Floyd as Pete, Kay Jenkins as Candy Gor
don, Sam Tuttle as Virgil, Jonas Bridges
as Mr. Penny, Joe Davis as Joe (D.J.)
Bob Reed as Rev. Roy Musclewhlte, Bar
bara Willis as Kay, The Heavy’s as Jim
Arp’s back-up band. The Radford Sisters
as his back-up trio, Linda Faile as Gall,
Jackie Melton as Queeny, Paul Murry as
Mr. Smith, Bill Simpson as Sheriff Fargo,
Frank Jones as George Webber.
Monday afternoon the crew moved to
Shelby to shoot some scenes inside the
Cleveland County Jail. One was an escape
involving a dope addict, played by a For
est City disc jock. Tuesday it was back
to Kings Mountain to wind up the police
station segments at Four Fellows head-
(piarters. On Wednesday the tentative sch-
^ule called for the radio station segments
to be shot at WKMT,
Bill Girdler, Production Manager, and
President of Studio 1, was asked his opin
ion of the film, and s^ if it comes off the
way it’s written, it’ll be a goodfilm. "It’s
a salable product,” he offered, and added,
"The group in Kings Mountain has done a
tremendous job of pre-production, for
never having made a film before.”
Girdler was dressed comfortably, as
were all the crew members, in jeans and
short sleeve shirt. Bill said his father is
from the West Coast, and told how he grew
up on the set of Bonanza, sweeping up the
sets when he was about 12-13 years old. In
high school he was a projectionist, and
served as a cameraman while in the ser
vice, He sees his Louisville based com
pany as "Good for this part of the country
because of Its central location.”
Tom Todd, assistant cameraman, also
handles publicity. He describes the local
movie as the coming thing in fllms-"A
good, low budget film by regional produ
cers. He too expressed pleasure with the
pre-production work, calling it well organ
Todd said he likes Kings Mountain, called
it a "pretty town” similar to the one in
which he grew up in Kentucky.
Studio 1 has done two features of their
own, "Asylum of Satan” and “Three on
a Meathook.’ ’ They produce medium bud
get horror pictures, TV commercials, and
documentaries. The Four Fellowsprodu-
ction, said Todd, is the basic type they’ve
done on their own films.
Other crew members on location here
this week are Bill Asman, Director of Pho
tography; John Asman, sound recorder;
Warren Maxey, assistant sound recorder;
and Jim Pickett, script clerk.
As the filming goes on here this week,
it’s business as usual around Kings Moun
tain, and most people seem unaware of
anything going on, but on Monday the mo
torists on Watterson Street where the crew
was set up slowed and stared, butfew stop
ped. During takes the traffic had to be di
verted to keep the noise of passing cars
from being picked up on the sound record
Director-Producer of the film is Pat Pat
terson of Charlotte, Patterson says he
feels good about the production, it’s alre
ady booked in some of the top theatres in
the Southeast even before completion.
The camerauiau cakes aim as filming began Monday in Kings Mountain on the movie
Sign-Off. The production work is being done by Studio 1 out of Louisville, Kentucky. Tbe
shooting will continue throughout this week at area locations. (Mirror Photo)
Wreck Damages Three
Cars, Two Houses
Two houses and three parked cars were
victims in wrecks occurring in Kings
Mountain this week.
Houses at 219 and 221 Watterson Street
were hit last Wednesday at 5:37 p.m. by
a car driven by Barry Randall Dellinger,
23, of 606 Bridges Drive, KingsMountain.
According to the report filedbySgt. John
ny Belk, a 1962 Chevrolet driven by Wil
moth Duke Kerns, Jr. of 300 Edgemont
Drive in Kings Mountain pulled onto Wat
terson and hit the car driven by Dellinger.
The impact causedDellinger’scartospin
across the road and hital968Forddriven
by Betty Jefferson Burch of Route 1, Box
191, Kings Mountain. Damage tothe Bur
ch car was listed at $300.
After hitting the Burch car, Dellinger’s
car left the road and struck the homes at
219 and 221 Watterson. An inestimated
amount of damage was inflicted.
$10 damage was done to the Kerns car
and the Dellinger car was a total loss.
Dellinger was taken to the K.M. Hospital
where he was treated and released. Kerns
was charged with failure to yield right of
Steve Bradley Carroll, 20, of Route 5,
Box 145 Francis Avenue in Union, South
Carolina was charged with reckless dri
ving following an accident Thursday morn
ing at 2:45 a.m.
Patrolman Madison Hunter reported that
Carroll made a left onto Cranford Street
at high speed and lost control of his car.
He then traveled into tbe backyard of 815
Third Street striking cars owned by Jesse
Milling and Steve Eugene Robinson. Dam
age to the Carroll car was $500 and the
cars of Milling and Robinson both sustain
ed $800 worth of damage.
No violations were indicated in a wreck
involving Phyllis Smith Dixon and Cynthia
Kay Robinson Friday morning. Tbe acci
dent occurred at 10:30 a.m. when the 1970
Lincoln driven by Dixon was hit by Cyn
thia Robinson’s 1971 Chevrolet on Sher
wood Lane. According to reports by Pa
trolman L. D. Beattie the Robinson car
pulled from the driveway at 906 Sherwood
Lane and bit the eastbound Lincoln. Dam
age to the Dixon car was estimated at $’750
and $50 to the Robinson vehicle.
Phyllis Smith Dixon is a resident of 1210
Wales R oad in Kings Mounain and Cynthia
Kay Robinson listed her home at 906Sber-
wood Lane in Kings Mountain.
Patrolman Bynum Cook filed a report
Saturday after an accident on Second
Street. According to Cook’s report, How
ard Bolt of 820 Second Street was backing
out onto the street when he struck a 1972
Chevrolet owned by Edly BrodusMercbof
808 Second Street.
Bolt’s car was damaged $70 worth and
the Merch car damage was estimated at
$175. Bolt was charged with improper
Welcome Center Nears Completion
Nearly completed is the new North Carolina Welcome Center
on 1-85 in the vicinity of Kings Mountain. Over two months be
hind schedule, the center has not yet opened its doors to the trav
elling public. Situated just north of the 216 exit to the National
Military Park, the center will cater to northbound traffic as to
urists first enter the State. South Carolina already has a simi-
Welcome Center just south of Grover and many miles further
down 1-85 is the Georgia Center. The rustic design of the build
ing is the same one used for the Center which is located on 1-40
near the Tennessee border. It is designed differently to the Cen
ter on the Virginia Line which many lolN.rsit as they come down
from New York or Washington.
The new Welcome Center covers a large tract of land which has
already been graded and extensive parking areas have been paved.
There are many pinic tables spread out both in open areas and
under trees. Barbecue grills have also been installed at some
of the picnic sites. It won’t be too long now before the center is
stocked with hundreds of brochures extolling the delights of Var
iety Vacationland and the passing motorists will pull off the road
for a welcome rest and a chance to stretch their legs in a really
delightful setting. (Mirror Photo By Sylvia Holmes)