The producer of a new documentary about Utah gun inventor John M. Browning will hold the premiere of his film next week at Weber State University.
Lee B. Groberg will present "American Gunmaker: The John M. Browning Story" at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in the Wildcat Theatre on the WSU campus.The one-hour film traces the family history and life of a man Groberg calls "one of America's great inventors." Groberg said Browning held 128 patents and invented more than 100 firearms, including single-shot rifles, automatic machine guns, cannons and anti-aircraft weapons.
"Great care has been taken to objectively tell the story of a great inventor," Groberg said. "The film does not take a pro- or anti-gun stance."
The story depicts Browning's early years in Ogden, the impact of the railroad on his life and his first invention.
Fess Parker, former star of the "Davy Crockett" and "Daniel Boone," narrates. The film is scored with original music.
Members of the Val A. Browning family, descendants of John M. Browning, will attend the premier screening. Invitations for others to attend will be issued by Groberg and the university advancement office at Weber State.