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This book by Dave Holland (co-founder of the Lone Pine Film Festival) takes you to California’s rugged ‘Alabama Hill’s’ where so many westerns with Hoppy, Roy, Gene and John Wayne were made. Includes maps of the movie locations, so you can hike the same trails once ridden by your favorite Lone Pine Western Heroes.
Revision 2005 ( 106Pages)
It was almost thirty years ago that I first walked theses Alabama Hills. For as long as I can remember, poking around Californian and the West (looking for the various spots where they mad the old movies) has been a favorite pastime, one that has brought about many a glorious morning and many a hot afternoon hiking thorough the rocks an brush at the old movie ranches (Iverson's and Corriganville) and at Hollywood's more "distant" film locations, Red Rock Canyon, Vasquez Rocks, Beale's Cut, Lake Sherwood , Old Tucson, Monument Valley, Oak Creek Canyon, the Alamo Village at Brackettville, Texas, so many more - even Bronson Canyon, which is right in Hollywood! - Looking for (and finding) where the Indian chase in Stagecoach began, where John Wayne held and killed off the Indians in Apache Rifles, where the Lone Ranger Rock was and the Nyoka Cliff and Ford Point.
Then one day, I noticed something interesting…no, make that fascinating, for it has certainly proved to be that. Looking at a Gene Autry photo from Boots and Saddles, I noticed that he and his sidekick, Frog" (Smiley Burnette) were sitting their horses by a tall, thick cucumber shaped rock which was - it was so obvious, it was startling - at the very same spot where the Indian chase in How The West Was Won began and where Tim Holt had tired ditching a posse in one of his RKO pictures called Guns Of Hate! And these were films as many as 25 years apart (in 1937, 1962, and 1948, respectively! (I was on the verge of "discovering" a new gold mine of movie locations to go explore.
They were shot, I learned, near a town some 3 -4 hours north of Los Angeles - I would later be astonished to learn how many films had been done on location in Lone Pine - more specifically, in that unusual grouping of rocks and canyons called the Alabama Hills, one of Hollywood's favorite locations now for 70 years,
We headed north immediately.
Needless to say, when we first drove out into these Alabama Hills, it was love (and immediate recognition) at first sight. I knew I had been here there, countless times - first in the private darknesses of so many movie theatres, and then camped in front of the TV set.
"This is the Khyber Pass," I announced. "I don't care what that sign says, this is the Khyber Pass!"
Hurrying back into the town of Lone Pine, I asked where I could buy a book on all the movies done out in the Alabama Hills, the Hop along Cassidy Movies, the British Army in India Movies, the ones with Roy Gene and John Wayne. "There isn't one," I was told. Well, there is now - and thanks for letting me be the one to enjoy the thrill of the hunt, a
poring through photos at film conventions and paper conventions and in studio archives, at Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee store, at Collectors Bookstores, at Larry Edmunds Books, among others. Thanks for letting me be the one to interview and get to know the townspeople and the movie-makers who worked there.
Now we can all stand where John Wayne stood. And the Lone Ranger and Tom Mix and Randolph Scott.
I hope it was worth the wait.
Dave Holland Granada Hills, Californi