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"Route 30" film at Ligonier this weekend

February 19, 2009

Route 30: Three Stories, One Highway, a film written, produced, and directed by John Putch, will be shown in Ligonier, Pa., this weekend at the Ligonier Theater, 210 W. Main St. Times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.


Route 30 features three interconnecting comedic stories. The cast of 15 includes TV stars Dana Delaney, Dave Delouise, and Ed Gotwalt of Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum (below, in his own poster pose).  The film was shot in October 2007 between Chambersburg and Gettysburg, mostly along the Lincoln Highway/US 30.  Putch is the son of Bill Putch and Jean Stapleton, best known as Edith Bunker of All in the Family. The two founded Totem Pole Playhouse along US 30 in Caledonia State Park,  between Chambersburg and Gettysburg, and so is where Putch spent his youth. Mister Ed was a regular performer there too.


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It will also be shown in Connecticut at the Kent Film Festival on Friday, March 27.

Route 30 film a success at Gettysburg premier

October 3, 2008

Route 30, a fictional film shot along the Lincoln Highway in central Pennsylvania this summer, premiered in at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg last Saturday. The Gettysburg Times reported, “The 88-minute movie, created on a $50,000 budget, had crowd members laughing, area residents pointing out places they knew and showed a glimpse of what growing up in south central Pennsylvania was like for [producer/director John] Putch.” His parents are actress Jean Stapleton and William Putch, former artistic director of the Totem Pole Playhouse just west on the Lincoln. A portion of the proceeds from the premier benefit the playhouse and Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.

Olga Herbert, LHHC director, sent these photos and reports, “Route 30 – 3 stories, 1 Highway was a hoot and brought the sellout crowd at Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater to their feet more than once. I’ve already made arrangements with the director to show it in smaller theaters (not the mall cinemas) up and down LH/Route 30 in PA. He’s working on the logistics. I was glad our LH road signs made it to the big screen twice and the script included a reference to LH. You’ll get a bang out of it, and Mister Ed and his Elephant Museum have a pivotal role in the plot.” Judging by the bottom photo, we’ll have to line up to get Mister Ed’s autograph from now on!

And here’s a trailer for the film:

More on “Route 30” the movie and Mister Ed

May 14, 2008

The Chambersburg Public Opinion reports on the forthcoming film Route 30 (previously written about here in posts 1 & 2). The article notes that writer/director John Putch is the son of Bill Putch, former artistic director of the Totem Pole Playhouse, located between Gettysburg and Chambersburg. It also mentions that a portion of the profits from the September 27 premiere at Gettysburg’s Majestic Theatre will benefit the playhouse and the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.

One of the featured locals is Ed Gotwalt (above), owner of Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum along the Lincoln Highway in Orrtanna:

Gotwalt, who plays himself, sells peanuts and other goods to a handful of the movie’s characters, helping to connect the three storylines…. Gotwalt pops in and out of the movie, which features three different plots. Each one pays homage to the areas around state Route 30, with a comedic twist.

The world premiere of Route 30 will be at the Stony Brook Film Festival in Long Island, N.Y., in July.

The September 27 premiere in Gettysburg starts at 8 p.m. in the Majestic Theatre. Tickets cost $16 and can be bought from the Majestic’s box office, online at, at the Totem Pole Playhouse, and at Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum.

Photos used with permission,

Photos from the Route 30 movie shoot

April 15, 2008

John Putch sent along the web site for his next film, Route 30, which features this cool poster. A couple of the taglines are “Three Stories, One Highway” and “The Road of Dreams is a Two Lane Highway.” As John says, filming and the plot itself are centered around the Lincoln Highway, “the corridor of my childhood.” All images reproduced with permission.

Here are some shots from the production – click them to see larger images:

Above: Dana Delany plays Amish Martha, a depressed old maid who smokes, drinks, swears and longs to shave her legs again. She reportedly enjoyed Mister Ed’s Elephant museum. Who doesn’t??

Above: David DeLuise at Mister Ed’s.

Above: Mister Ed at his store with Curtis Armstrong as Ned.

Above: Production crew member Kate Murphy in Caledonia State Park.

Be sure to check out the movie podcasts by clicking the screen shot below. They’re informative, visually rich, and remind us that films don’t have to be elaborate productions. They’re pretty funny too!
Route 30 movie podcasts