The first feature film shot entirely on location near Lone Pine, Calif., stars Fatty Arbuckle as Sheriff “Slim” Hoover in The Round-Up, released in 1920.
In addition to Westerns, many other genres of movies were filmed in Lone Pine, including the 1939 action-adventure picture Gunga Din starring Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. The rocky landscape became the setting for 19th-century India, and the film was an Oscar nominee for best cinematography.
Stuntman Frank Falen stands atop a stagecoach riding through Lone Ranger Canyon in the 1952 Randolph Scott film Hangman’s Knot.
Tim Holt stars in Rider From Tucson in 1950. Holt made a series of Westerns during the 1940s.
Randolph Scott stars in the 1957 Columbia Pictures movie The Tall T, preserved by the U.S. Library of Congress as a “culturally significant” film. Scott made 12 movies in Lone Pine.
This candid photograph of Wayne was taken in Lone Pine by resident Paul Lauten while the actor filmed a celebrity advertisement for Great Western Bank five months before his 1979 death.
John Wayne filmed 13 movies in Lone Pine, including Westward Ho in 1935. Because he was not a singing cowboy, his voice was dubbed for the movie.
During the 1940s and 1950s, Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels portray the masked cowboy hero and his American Indian companion, Tonto, on TV and in several feature films.
Originally a fictional radio character, the Lone Ranger’s first appearance before the cameras is in the 1938 serial The Lone Ranger, shot in Lone Pine and directed by William Witney and John English.
Gene Autry in Down Mexico Way (1941)
Gene Autry, Hollywood’s famous Singing Cowboy, with his horse, Champion, in the 1950 film Cow Town
Roy Rogers made six films in Lone Pine, including Utah in 1945 with Dale Evans and Peggy Stewart.
In 1938, moviemakers film Roy Rogers in Under Western Stars, his starring debut.
William Boyd stars as the ultimate good guy in 1938 in the first of his 66 Hopalong Cassidy films—31 of which include scenes filmed in Lone Pine.
Arbuckle applies his makeup for a scene in The Round-Up. Director George Melford makes good use of Lone Pine’s stunning scenery, using the Alabama Hills and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada as backdrops.
Rawhide stars Tyrone Power and Susan Hayward film in a boulder-strewn area that Lone Pine locals call “the bowling alley.” The movie was released in 1951.
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