‘THE GENTLE PERSUASION’

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(By permission of Allied Artists Pictures Corp., and Jim Sullivan)

Oceanside, California

I OWN A MINNEAPOLIS steam traction engine which has brought me
extraordinarily good luck, and incidentally proved of great
interest to steam-loving people and others here in California. To
say that my engine became a ‘motion-picture star’ overnight
would be exaggerating a little, but the truth is that it has been
used in pictures … ahem … and had considerable publicity
accordingly.

Motion picture actress DOROTHY McGUIRE in a scene from William
Wyler’s ‘The Gentle Persuasion,’ with Gary Cooper as
co-star. The steam traction engine (Minneapolis) was loaned by
owner JIM SULLIVAN of Oceanside, California. Miss McGuire plays the
part of a Quaker wife, and in this scene has stepped up on the
tractor to look around the county fair in search of her husband
(Gary Cooper).

The engine was being driven in a street parade here in Oceanside
last summer, when a gentleman from one of the studios saw it. His
name was Joe Kish, a set decorator at Allied Artists in Hollywood,
and he had been looking everywhere for such an engine. He happens
to have a summer home at Oceanside and saw my engine quite by
chance and it solved-his problem.

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