John Wayne and Gail Russell acted together in "Angel and the Badman" for Republic Pictures. While Wayne passed on "Seven Men from Now" due to other obligations, he recommended Randolph Scott for the film production and promoted Gail Russell for the female lead. This Western provided Russell with some good critical reviews.
"Moonrise" was an interesting and unusual film. The artificiality of the studio sets and overall art direction can be viewed as providing a certain oneiric quality to the movie.
There were book signings by both of the festival hosts. An interesting element of "Blood on the Moon" was seeing Robert Preston cast against type in a villainous role.