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1.0-B The Register; Donville, Vo., Sunday, March 17, 1974 Hopes Dimmed By Actor's Declaration OfBankryptcy Civil War Epic Cameron Mitchell Wants To Film In S. C. May fee Gone Â· . 9 . . Â· t ~?Â« -i , COLUMBIA ( A P ) - The $10 million Civil War epic that ac- tor Cameron Mitchell wants to film in South Carolina may not be gone with the wind--but it sure is becalmed on a sea of financial adversity.- South Carolina and that cast of thousands is going to have to wait because hopes that his state will become a movie mec- ca have been dimmed by Mit- chell's declaration of bank- ruptcy. He said he owed $2.4 million and had assets totaling $306, in- cluding $200 in clothing and $80 in household goods. Anybody who has just $26 in cash and owes $2.4 million usu- ally has a tough time raising $10 million in new money. But who knows? Everything's pos- sible in movieland. It's been a year now since Mitchell, aided and abetted by Gov. John C. West, made the somewhat breathless announce- ment at a news conference in the governor's office that Mit- chell and Ray Spinks of Wal- halla had formed a corporation called Camray Productions. They were going to film a movie in South Carolina and Mitchell was going to play Gen. Robert E- Lee. Shooting of the film was to begin this spring. The cast of 100,000 would be the most "massive ever assem- bled." Well, it's almost that time. Mitchell had better start letting his whiskers grow if he's going to portray Marse Robert. Neither Mitchell nor Spinks were reachable for comment on the status of the movie. Mit- chell reportedly is on location in northern California, making El Salvador, Honduras Fought Last War In Latin America MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Rioting later broke out in a movie for Universal. Efforts to reach Spinks in Walhalla by telephone were unsuccessful. A spokesman for the state's Educational Television Net- work, which provides technical assistance for movies made in South Carolina, said the Civil War epic is no nearer produc- tion than it was a year ago. "They've not yet gotten around to making a budget or a production schedule," the spokesman said. "BUt Cameron has told us to keep accepting letters from people who want to be in the movie and from those who will provide land for the shooting sites. Mitchell came to South Caro- lina in 1972 to costar with Burt Lancaster in "Midnight Man," a whodunit which was filmed in the Clernson area. Lancaster and Susan Clark, the female lead, will be in South Carolina this week for the premiere showings of "Mid- night Man." They will be guests Wednesday night at a private reception in the gover- nor's mansion. Mitchell met and sub- sequently married the widow of Sen. James P. "Spot" Mozingo, a highly successfn3Darlington attorney. In his petition of bankruptcy filed last month in federal court in Los Angeles, Mitchell lists his wife, Margaret Mozingo Mitchell, for a loan of $135,000. The petition says the loan was made last September and is se- cured by Mitchell's residuals in the "High Chaparral" TV series. The petition also lists Ray Spinks as having extended Mit- chell a $100,000 personal loan last July. Camray, Inc., of Clemson is listed as being owed $50,000 for "services." Michell's petition says he filed income tax returns in South Carolina in 1972. He said in the past two years he has earned about $100,000 a 'year and that his financial records are in the possession of J. H. Corbin, a Florence attorney. Other creditors listed in the petition include: Â· Ken Baker, J. H. Corbin, Florence, S.C. fees July, 1973, $12,000. Mark V Records, Greenville, S.C., records, April, 1973, $12,000. Holiday Inn, Clemson, S.C., lease, $4,000. Cammac Inc., Pacific Pali- sades, Calif., 1972, loan, $400,000. Consolidated Film Lab, Holly- wood, film production, 1970, $150,000. Sid Gold, Rome, Italy, judge- ment, 1973, $13,000. Clark Plumbing Co., West Los Angeles, services, 1973, $6,500. William Barrett, Diamond Salt Co., Flint, Mich., advance July, 1973, $2,900. Sr. Infaschelli, producer "Massacre of the Black For est," Rome, Italy. Salary dis- pute, 1967, $1,000,000. Morrie Washington, Libra Films, Houston, Tex., film pro- duction. May, 1973, $150,000. Jack Nickline, producer, New York, advance June, 1972, $2,000. Maitre of Club, Aqueduct, N.Y., loan, July, 1973, $1,400. Human Relations, Los Ange- les, Dec., 1973, $650. Lissa Mitchell, Pacific Pali- sades, Calif., part of settle- ment, July, 1973, $58,000. American Express, Â©redit Card Division, Los Angeles, 1973, $4,000.