This blogger thinks that it was probably a publicity stunt. The “Dodge City” Special was a train publicizing the movie.
In April, perhaps as the train was returning from its cross-country tour, it stopped in San Bernardino for a fan club president to join Errol Flynn.
Newspaper image: California Digital Newspaper Collection, https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SBS19390405.1.13&e=——-en–20–1–txt-txIN——–1 .
Image: via great nephew Bodie Bailey posted at http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=170279&page=239 .
“Charles ‘Dad’ Bailey opened his newsstand after his previous business (Luggage Store) was destroyed in a fire and his bookkeeper had neglected to pay the insurance premiums. His stand was very popular and he made a good living from it. He lived until he was 90 and kept the stand until just a very few years before he died.
His great nephew Bodie Bailey has a cool flickr site with all sorts of photos and family stories. As far as the location of the stand, Bodie is unsure but he thinks it was on or near Florence in South Los Angeles close to USC.
Excerpt from image link above.
The magazine at the center bottom position is the October 1939 issue of Daring Detective.
Image: http://pofoz.com/magazines/true-crime/titles/daring-detective/html/1939-10.html .
Image: “Dick” Whittington Collection via http://vintage2068.rssing.com/chan-10001930/all_p47.html .
Girls on automobiles, motion picture stunt revue, Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles. 1939. This photo appears to be staged (cars not moving) but apparently the actual event involved moving vehicles.
1939 photo of Jackie Coogan with wife Betty Grable. Location is not given but it was probably in southern California. Image from http://thesilverscreenaffair.blogspot.com/2011/09/picture-of-day_29.html .
“The Coogan Law is named for famous child actor Jackie Coogan. …It wasn’t until his 21st birthday …that Jackie realized he was left with none of the earnings… Under California law at the time, the earnings of the minor belonged solely to the parent. Coogan eventually sued his mother and former manager for his earnings. As a result, in 1939, the Coogan Law was put into effect, presumably to protect future young actors from finding themselves in the same terrible situation that Jackie Coogan was left in. Unfortunately, the 1939 incarnation of the Coogan Law was flawed, leaving open various loopholes and necessitating long term, court sanctioned contracts for validation.”
Excerpt from http://smartactors.com/coogan-law/ . Learn more about the law at the link.
Coogan was born in Los Angeles and lived in the area. As a child, he was discovered by Charlie Chaplin and appeared in The Kid. His marriage to Grable was short-lived. Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Coogan .
Image and excerpt via http://www.glamoursplash.com/2014/04/rip-mickey-rooney.html .
“Mickey Rooney goes off the diving board, as Marjorie Gestring gives him a push, during Judy Garland’s birthday party at Louis B. Mayer’s Santa Monica beach home. Judy Garland, June Preisser, Jackie Cooper, and Virginia Weidler sit (L to R) behind them on the board. On the edge of the pool is Ann Rutherford.
“Judy turned 17 on this day, June 13, 1939.”
Garland is sitting on the diving board just to the right of Gestring.
Image: Carroll Photo Service on file at Los Angeles Times newspaper library.
This blogger could find virtually no information about McGinnis but he was important enough to have a photo on file in 1939 and be in the newsreel of a match (at link below) believed to have taken place circa 1939 in Los Angeles.
“For the first time online, here is Cowboy (Killer Krippler Karl) Davis vs Terry McGinnis from Los Angeles. The match is from the 16mm film titled Through the Ropes and was issued in 1940. Both Davis and McGinnis were mainstays in the Los Angeles territory for many years.” Excerpt from the youtube posting.
The video at the link shows the violence of the sport. Watch the 8 minute 41 second video to the end to see what happened after the winner was declared.