Clipped From Ukiah Republican Press
J First Picture Ever Made in Alaska Is Coming To Ukiah "How do you pronounce it, ;ind wliat does it mean?" That is the ciuestion Manager lloh- erts of The State Theatre hits been answering ever siiicc the llrst notice of the booking of "Tlie Chechaiicos," the tirst real Alaskan-made motion picture. To settle all arguments the answer is given here'.vitli. What Name Is. The pronunciiition is C'he-Chaw- Koz, with the accent on the second sylable. It is the Alaskan word used to designate ii tenderfoot or newcomer tc the territory, sis dlstinguLshed from the "sourdough," or old-timer. One remains a chechahco until he has passed through at least one winter of driving snow and 00 below cold wave«. The i-eason tor the title, tis explained by .Captain Austin E. Lathrop, tlie producer, Is identical with the reason for the production. Alaskans, were sick ;ind tired of seeing California mountains and fanirlt'd Alaskan costumes and customs depicted by actors who had never been iietu'cr Alaskii than Seattle, or Hollywood. A Hard Job. More than six months were spent In iissembling a cast. I'opuhir movie names meant nothing unless bacOted by reiil ability and nerve enough to undertake the admilted hardships of the worlt. It is no secret |hiit several well- Icnown and luxury-loving stars refuwed to take the risks, even when offered twice their u.sual salary. Virtually the entire cnsl was selecti'd from the spesiking stage and includes several nationally known actors and actresses.