|Above, the Three Sisters in Monument Valley. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Last night, I decided to watch the 1956 John Wayne classic, The Searchers, since I recently visited the locations of that movie in Monument Valley with the Goulding's tour company.
|Above, John Ford directs John Wayne with the Three Sisters in the background.|
While watching it, it dawned on me that I had met two actors of The Searchers: Henry Brandon (Comanche Chief Scar) and Hank Worden (Mose Harper).
|Above, Henry Brandon as Chief Scar.|
I met both at various functions of the Los Angeles tent (Way Out West Tent) of the Laurel & Hardy fan group, The Sons of the Desert back in the 1980s.
|Above, Hank Worden as Mose Harper.|
Henry Brandon was a regular attendee of the Way Out West Tent as he starred in Babes In Toyland (1934) as the evil Barnaby. Worden attended one of the tent's annual banquets at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City.
|Above, John Ford's director's chair at the Monument Valley Visitors Center. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Another Monument Valley location in The Searchers was Chief Scar's camp with the Totem Pole rock formation in the background.
|Above, The Mittens and Merrick Butte. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, from left, Ward Bond, Jeffrey Hunter and John Wayne with the Right Mitten and Merrick Butte in the background.|
Visiting Monument Valley was an enjoyable excursion. I recommend it!