Having played host to more than 60 Hollywood productions—from the early years of cinema through the 1970s—Sedona, Arizona’s unsung role in American film is the topic of this blog. Here, once and for all Sedona gets her due as a key location in movie history . Please click picture to view website
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Clint Eastwood, 1966.
Shane, Brandon de Wilde, Alan Ladd, 1953.
MOVIE: The Great American West of John Ford.
The Great American West of John Ford is a look back at the career of six-time Academy Award winning director John Ford (1894–1973) as told by John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Henry Fonda both. Filmed in Monument Valley and the location of the former back lot of Twentieth Century Fox, as well as in the den of Ford, the story goes back to Ford's start in the silent era up through the early 1960's. Click picture to view movie.
Ladd was a high-school swimming and diving champion and participated in high school dramatics. He opened his own hamburger and malt shop, which he called Tiny's Patio. He worked briefly as a studio carpenter (as did his stepfather) and for a short time was part of the Universal Pictures studio school for actors. Click picture to view Alan Ladd official web sight.
Born in Flagstaff, Arizona. Andy Devine grew up in nearby Kingman. His father was Thomas Devine Jr., born in 1869 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Andy's grandfather, Thomas Devine Sr., was born in 1842 in Tipperary County, Ireland, and emigrated to the United States in 1852. Andy's mother was Amy Ward, the granddaughter of Commander James H. Ward, the first officer of the United States Navy killed during the Civil War.
Audie Leon Murphy
Was the most decorated American soldier of World War II and a celebrated movie star for many years in the post-war era, performing in 44 films. He also found some success as a country music composer. Click picture to view Audie Murphy Official Website.
Jones had more than 160 film credits to his name, in a career that began in 1918. By the 1920s, Jones joined Hoot Gibson, Tom Mix, and Ken Maynard as the top cowboy actors of the day. In the 1940s, Jones played Marshall Buck Roberts in a series of movies. During his career, he would develop a lifelong friendship with Scott R. Dunlap, a director and producer who would work with him on many of his films.
Best known for his "tough guy" image, who starred in such classic films as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, The Evil That Men Do and the popular Death Wish series. He was most often cast in the role of a police officer or gunfighter, often in revenge plot lines. Click picture to view fan website.
professional basketball and baseball player, best known for his starring role in the 1950s ABC hit western series The Rifleman.
She was nicknamed the "Queen of Film Noir" because of her many appearances in "bad girl” roles in film noir and other black-and-white thrillers. She appeared in over 60 films.
Actor, filmmaker and artist. Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1955, and appeared in two films featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Over the next ten years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films. He directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969).
Doloras Del Rio
Dolores Del Rio, was a Mexican film actress. She was a star of Hollywood films during the silent era and in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Later, she became a famous actress in Mexican films. She was thought to be one of the most beautiful actresses of her time and was the first Latin American movie star to have international appeal. With the arrival of the talkies she was considered one of the principal Art Deco symbols of beauty. Click picture to view website.
Borgnine built a reputation as a dependable character actor and appeared in early film roles as villains, including movies like Johnny Guitar, Vera Cruz and Bad Day at Black Rock.
Errol Flynn, is probably best remembered as Robin Hood and his swashbuckling adventure films. Flynn also did a few western films. They mabybe be not as popular as some of his other pictures, but they are still entertaining movies. Click picture to view Errol Flynn's Official website.
Actor, director, producer, and composer. He has received five Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and five People's Choice Awards—including one for Favorite All-Time Motion Picture Star. Click picture to view websight.
She performed leads in B pictures and Westerns, several co-starring with Tom Mix. Click picture to view (awesome) websight.
Radio, film, and television actor. He was best known for his numerous appearances in Western movies as the colorful sidekick to the leading man. Click picture to view website.
His career went from the 1925 until 1961, during which he made one hundred films. Click to enter websight.
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In 1978, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Click picture to view websight.
One of Century Fox 's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s. Click to view fan websight.
Although Carey, one of Hollywood's finest character actors of the sound era, received an Oscar nomination for his role as the President of the Senate in the 1939 film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, he is best remembered as one of the first stars of the Western film genre.
HARRY CAREY JR.
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Fonda's, career spanning close to a half century. Most often in association with director "John Ford". He starred in many of the finest films of Hollywood's golden era. Click to enter websight.
Best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke for 20 years. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Marshal Matt Dillon in five separate decades: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in 1987 Return to Dodge and four more made-for-TV Gunsmoke movies in the 1990s. Click picture to view James Arness Official web sight.
Performed in several television series spanning a career of more than five decades. These included his roles as Bret Maverick, in the popular 1950s western-comedy series, Maverick; Jim Rockford, in the popular 1970s detective drama, The Rockford Files and on 8 Simple Rules following the death of John Ritter. He has performed in dozens of movies.
Jane Russell film actress best known for her performance alongside Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Russell was one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s. Click picture to view websight.
Silverheels began working in motion pictures as an extra and stunt man in 1937. During the early years of his screen career, he was billed variously as Harold Smith or Harry Smith, and appeared in low-budget features, westerns, and serials. From the late 1940s he played in more prestigious pictures, including Captain from Castile starring Tyrone Power, Key Largo with Humphrey Bogart, (1948), Broken Arrow (1950) with James Stewart, War Arrow (1953) with Maureen O'Hara, Jeff Chandler and Noah Beery, Jr., Drums Across the River (1954), Walk the Proud Land (1956) with Audie Murphy and Anne Bancroft, Alias Jesse James (1959) with Bob Hope, and Indian Paint (1964) with Johnny Crawford. He made a brief appearance in True Grit (1969), as a condemned criminal about to be executed. He played a substantial role as John Crow in Santee (1973) starring Glenn Ford. Click picture to view fan club website.
Stewart left his mark on a wide range of film genres, including westerns, suspense thrillers, family films, biographies and screwball comedies. He worked for a number of renowned directors later in his career, most notably Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Billy Wilder, Frank Capra, George Cukor, and Anthony Mann. He won many of the industry's highest honors and earned Lifetime Achievement awards from every major film organization.
Best known for his roles in horror films and Westerns.
John Rollin Lupton. Film and television actor. After graduating from New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was signed as a contract player at MGM in Hollywood. In 1957, he was cast in western series, Broken Arrow, which ran for two seasons. Lupton also co-starred in 1956 with Fess Parker in The Great Locomotive Chase. He guest starred on several television series.
Actor, director and producer. He is best known for his rugged masculinity and has become an enduring American icon. He is famous for his distinctive voice, walk and height. Click to enter websight.
Known for his gravelly voice, white hair and 6' 2" stature, Marvin at first did supporting roles, mostly villains, soldiers and other hardboiled characters, but after winning an Academy Award for Best Actor for his dual roles in Cat Ballou (1965), he landed more heroic and sympathetic leading roles.
One of four children born to John Wayne with first wife. He made nine movies with his father John Wayne.
Joel Mc Crea.
One of the great stars of American Westerns, and a very popular leading man in non-Westerns as well. Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1969.
Karl Malden's career that spanned more than seven decades, he featured in classic Marlon Brando films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and One-Eyed Jacks. Among other notable film roles were Archie Lee Meighan in Baby Doll, Zebulon Prescott in How the West Was Won and General Omar Bradley in Patton. His best-known role was on television as Lt. Mike Stone on the 1970s crime drama, The Streets of San Francisco.
He first performed in silent movies in 1923 and in addition to acting also did stunt work. His horsemanship and rugged good looks made Maynard a cowboy star. His white stallion, "Tarzan", also became famous. He became one of the first singing cowboys to record two songs, "The Lone Star Trail" and "The Cowboy's Lament". Maynard made his first films with a musical soundtrack. He sang two songs in Sons of the Saddle (1930). Click picture to view website.
Douglas played a cowboy in his first western Along the Great Divide (1951). Douglas became comfortable with riding horses and playing gunslingers, and returned in many westerns. In Lonely Are the Brave (1962), one of his favorite roles. Click to enter Kirk Douglas official websight.
Marlon Brando was one of the most celebrated and influential screen and stage actors.
She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Dark Angel (1935). A car accident in 1937 caused facial injuries that could have ended her career, but she soon followed this with one of her most successful films, Wuthering Heights (1939). Click picture to enter websight.
Maureen O' Hara
Irish film actress and singer. The famously red-headed O'Hara has been noted for playing fiercely passionate heroines with a highly sensible attitude. She often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. Click picture to view official Maureen O' Hara websight.
Was best known for his image is that of the tall-in-the-saddle Western hero. Out of his more than 100 film performances more than 60 were in Westerns, "of all the major stars whose name was associated with the Western, Scott most closely identified with it."
She acted in more than 40 films, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, and became known as one of the most beautiful and glamorous actresses of her day. Click picture to enter RHONDA FLEMING official websight.
He starred with John Wayne in, The Alamo, with James Stewart in John Ford’s, Two Rode Together, as the U.S. prosecutor in, Judgment at Nuremberg and with Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas in, The Way West. Also, St. Joan, as the Dauphin, How the West Was Won, Death of a Gunfighter, Richard Widmark was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
He began his career appearing in theatre during the late 1950s, moving into small to supporting television and film roles during the early 1960s in such works as To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and Captain Newman, M.D. (1963). He started to land much larger roles during the early 1970s with movies like MASH (1970) and THX 1138 (1971). This was followed by a series of critical successes: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974), Network (1976), The Great Santini (1979), Apocalypse Now (1979), and True Confessions (1981). Click picture to view websight.
Actor, author, composer and singer. Mitchum is remembered for his starring roles in several major works of the film noir style, and is considered a forerunner of the anti-heroes prevalent in film during the 1950s and 1960s. Click picture to view fan websight.
Taylor performed in films of varying genres including Westerns. Click picture to view websight.
Calhoun's career gained momentum and he appeared in several westerns, musicals, and comedies including Way of a Gaucho with Gene Tierney, With a Song in My Heart with Susan Hayward, How to Marry a Millionaire, and River of No Return with Marilyn Monroe. Click picture to view movie clip.
A born cowboy star if ever there was one.
He played Ben Miller, brother of Frank Miller in the film High Noon, and also had a co-starring role in the television program Rawhide. Click picture to view websight.
Actor nicknamed "The King of Cool. His "anti-hero" persona, which he developed at the height of the Vietnam counterculture, made him one of the top box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s. Click picture to view Steve McQueen Official Website.
Click picture for websight. Selleck became extremely popular with fans when portraying cowboy roles in Western films, starting with his role as Orrin Sackett in the 1979 film The Sacketts, opposite Sam Elliott, Jeff Osterhage, and Western legends Glenn Ford and Ben Johnson. He was easily accepted playing a cowboy, and the roles seemed to "fit" him. He followed The Sacketts with The Shadow Riders in 1982, then with Lassiter in 1984. Quigley Down Under is probably one of his best known Western films, however he also won a "Western Heritage Award" for his 1997 role in Last Stand at Sabre River. His last two cowboy roles to date were in the 2001 TNT movie Crossfire Trail (based on a Louis L'Amour novel of the same name), and the 2003 motion picture Monte Walsh.
Bond made his screen debut in 1929 in John Ford's Salute, and thereafter played over 200 roles. He was frequently typecast as a friendly policeman or as a brutal thug. He had a long-time working relationship with directors John Ford and Frank Capra, performing in such films as The Searchers, Drums Along the Mohawk, The Quiet Man, and Fort Apache for Ford, with whom he made 25 films
Was a decathlete and football star who went on to become a pioneering African-American film actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role in Spartacus in 1960. . Click picture to view featured movies.
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Matt Cartsonis first picked up guitar and mandolin at the age of fourteen, strumming his way into what has become a lifelong exploration of American roots, popular and world music. These days, his compositions can be heard in a growing number of features, documentaries, TV shows and commercials. Click to enter websight.
VAN DYKE PARKS
Composer, arranger, producer, musician, singer, and actor. He has worked with performers including Grace Kelly, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Loudon Wainwright III, Silverchair, Ry Cooder, Joanna Newsom and Ringo Starr. Click picture to view websight.
MEN OF THE WEST:
Made a name for himself, and in the late 1920s, 1930s and 1940s starred in B-Westerns. Click picture to enter web sight.
He was the most successful singing cowboy, performing in 93 movies and starring in 91 TV shows. Gene Autry was ranked among the most celebrated film stars and for years was considered to be the most popular Western film actor. Click picture to view Gene Autry Official websight.
HOPALONG CASSIDY and TOPPER.
a cowboy hero, created in 1904 by Clarence E. Mulford and appearing in a series of popular stories and novels. Click picture to enter Hopalong Cassidy Official web sight.
Actor, singer and songwriter who is best known for narratoring many Walt Disney nature and Western films. Click picture to enter Rex Allen Official web sight.
ROY ROGERS and TRIGGER.
He and his third wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in over one hundred movies and The Roy Rogers Show. Click picture to view Roy Rogers Official web sight.
The star of early Western movies. He made 336 films between 1910 and 1935, all but nine of them were silent films. He was Hollywood’s first Western megastar and is best known for define the genre for all cowboy actors who followed. Click picture to enter TOM MIX awesome web sight and read about his first horse Tony.
Country music singer and movie actor popular from the mid-1930s into the 1960s, and the father of actor John Ritter. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Click picture to view websight.
Cowboy film star of the late 1940s and into the 1950s, known for his roles in B-westerns. Click picture to view websight.
Doc Holliday (age 20)
Dentist, gambler and gunfighter of the American Old West, who is usually remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Officer of the law in various Western frontier towns, farmer, buffalo hunter, gambler, saloon-keeper, miner. He is best known for the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, along with Doc Holliday, and two of his brothers, Virgil Earp and Morgan Earp. He is also noted for the Earp Vendetta. Wyatt Earp has become an iconic figure in American folk history. He is the major subject of various movies, TV shows, biographies and works of fiction.
WOMEN OF THE WEST
Sharpshooter. Oakley's amazing talent and rise to fame led to a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, which propelled her to become the first American female superstar.
She was born Myra Maybelle Shirley (known as May to her family) on her father's farm near Carthage, Missouri. Her mother was a Hatfield from the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feuding clans. In the 1860s her father sold the farm and moved the family to Carthage where he bought an inn and livery stable on the town square. Click picture to view more info on Belle Starr.
BIG NOSE KATE
Was the long-time companion/common law wife of fabled gunfighter Doc Holliday in the American Old West. Click picture for more info.
Frontierswoman, prostitute, and professional scout best known for her acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok, but also for having gained fame fighting Native American Indians. She was kind and compassionate towards others, especially the sick and needy.
Dale Evans married Roy Rogers in 1947, and the couple often appeared together on the big screen.
World's Champion Roper. America's Greatest Horsewoman -- Queen of the Range -- and the only woman who ever roped steers competitively with men -- Lucille Mulhall held the top spot in contests and vaudeville for twenty years. Will Rogers, friend and teacher, called her the world's greatest rider.
Actress turned Civil War spy who was ultimately captured and sentenced to be executed by the South. Rescued three days prior to her scheduled hanging, she was given the honorary commission of Major by President Abraham Lincoln. She toured the country for a number of years, telling of her exploits. She finally settled in Casa Grande, Arizona, with her third husband, sheriff Jere Fryer. After a few years of marriage, she moved to San Francisco where she spent the last years of her life as a scrubwoman.
Destry Rides Again (1939) is an exciting and comical western...one of the best films ever made
Another winner from that golden year of 1939 was this classic western, Destry Rides Again, that mixed comedy with gunplay quite effectively. This film was labeled as Marlene Dietrich's comeback film. She plays Frenchy, the saloon singer of the corrupt town called Bottleneck. And Dietrich is absolutely amazing. She belts out about 3 songs with the first one being the energetic Little Joe and then later on she sings See What The Boys in the Back Room Will Have. Of course this movie is called Destry and he is the character every one talks about. Truth is Jimmy Stewart who plays Tom Destry Jr, doesn't even show up until about 20 minutes into the movie. But once he arrives at the bequest of his father's old friend, he pretty much makes the movie his own. Stewart is so effortless in his acting ability that it seems like he's just hanging out with friends, having a good time. His Destry doesn't believe in guns, since they didn't do his father any good, who was gunned down in the streets. But Tom does believe in law and order and sets to clean up the town of Bottleneck. He runs into trouble in the form of Kent, a sleazy Brian Donlevy, who owns the saloon, and has a scam of cheating land owners out of their property with some crooked poker games. Kent then charges for cattlemen who come through the town a hefty price to pass through with their cattle. The former sheriff of Bottleneck was killed because he was about to shut Kent down, and the mayor, who is corrupt too, appoints the town drunk as the next sheriff, so their won't be any trouble from the law. But the surprise is when the sheriff calls in Tom Destry to be his deputy. When Destry first meets everyone at the saloon, he becomes the butt of their jokes. But he makes an impact on Frenchy, not in a good way. He breaks up her fight with Lily Belle (played by the hilarious Una Merkel) who husband (the equally hilarious Mischa Auer) was cheated by Frenchy in a card game. Their cat fight is a riot and Tom politely breaks it up by pouring a bucket of water on them. One of many funny scenes from this enjoyable movie. Destry Rides Again is one of the best films to come out ever, and the fact that it came out in 1939 only emphasizes that point of how good it really is.