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Sat Sep 12, 2015, 01:27 AM

My favorite Old Tucson movie - Rio Bravo - What's yours?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Bravo_%28film%29

Rio Bravo is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and
starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, and Ward Bond.
Written by Jules Furthman and Leigh Brackett, based on the short story "Rio Bravo" by B. H. McCampbell,
the film is about the sheriff of the town of Rio Bravo, Texas who arrests the brother of a powerful local
rancher in order to help his drunken deputy/friend. With the help of a cripple and a young gunfighter, they
hold off the rancher's gang. Rio Bravo was filmed on location at
Old Tucson Studios outside Tucson, Arizona in Technicolor.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Tucson_Studios

Old Tucson is a movie studio and theme park just west of Tucson, Arizona, adjacent to the Tucson Mountains
and close to the western portion of Saguaro National Park. For operating hours, please visit www.OldTucson.com/visit-ots.
Built in 1939 for the movie Arizona, it has been used for the filming of several movies and television westerns
since then, such as Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and Little House on the Prairie. It was opened to the public in 1960,
and historical tours are offered about the movies filmed there, along with live cast entertainment
featuring stunt shows and shootouts.

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Downwinder Sep 2015 #3
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Ptah Sep 2015 #5

Response to Ptah (Original post)

Sat Sep 12, 2015, 02:06 AM

1. I was actually on set when they filmed that.

Went to Tucson for a meeting, and took a day trip out to Old Tucson. And by George, there he was. He was a BIG man. He had a BIG horse, too.

I stood there happily snapping photos until someone said it was verboten. Whoops. Never saw the finished film.

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Response to NV Whino (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 12, 2015, 02:09 AM

2. I remember it well.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Sat Sep 12, 2015, 04:12 AM

3. Broken Arrow

But I remember when they filmed Red River at Sonoita.

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Wed Sep 16, 2015, 06:08 PM

4. What year did it burn down?

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Response to Kali (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 16, 2015, 06:14 PM

5. 1995

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Tucson_Studios#Fire

On April 25, 1995, a fire destroyed much of Old Tucson Studios. Buildings, costumes and
memorabilia were lost in the blaze. Among the memorabilia destroyed was the wardrobe
from Little House on the Prairie. Also lost in the blaze was the only copy of a short film
about the history of Old Tucson Studios. This film included rare behind the scenes
footage of stars, such as William Holden, John Wayne and Angie Dickinson. The Reno,
a steam locomotive from the Virginia and Truckee Railroad on static display in the park,
was also badly damaged.


It's mostly a theme park now days.

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