|Above, The Mittens and Merrick Butte in 1939 in Stagecoach. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Today was spent with my cousin Ralph rummaging around at Amoeba Music on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.
I picked up the John Ford-directed movie that brought stardom to John Wayne: Stagecoach (1939). It was also one of the first, if not the first, movie to make use of Monument Valley as a backdrop. Other locations included areas near Kernville, Chatsworth, Iverson Movie Ranch, Calabasas, Kern River, Newhall and more.
|Above, The Mittens and Merrick Butte in Monument Valley in 2016. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Stagecoach is also noted for the final shootout between the Ringo Kid (Wayne) and Luke Plummer (Tom Tyler). Tyler first played the Mummy Kharis in The Mummy's Hand (1940). Along with the Mummy, Stagecoach also featured Count Dracula, John Carradine.