Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day 4: Hollywood's Sedona

Next February marks the 18th Anniversary of the Sedona International Film Festival. But Sedona's most fascinating movie history occurred decades before.

Zane Grey's 1922 Silent film "The Call of the Canyon" originally put Sedona on the Hollywood map. John Ford's 1938 hit "Stagecoach", Joan Crawford's only Western movie "Johnny Guitar", Jimmy Stewart's "Broken Arrow", the dark drama "Leave Her to Heaven" and other films starred Sedona's Majestic Red Rocks.

Local legend tells the story of how John Ford found Sedona. His wife was traveling back to California when she got lost, finding herself in Sedona. The towering Red Rocks felt more appealing than Ford's Monument Valley backdrops.  She stopped at a rancher's house, called her film-maker husband and asked him to come get her. "You must see this!" The rest is history. Ford filmed many westerns here.

Stagecoach scene filmed at Red Rock Crossing
When he brought John Wayne to Red Rock Country for filming, Wayne took one look at Red Rock Crossing and pledged to include its scenery in every film he made. Legend continues that he did include Red Rock Crossing in every movie contract except his last film, "The Shootist."

Most recent films starring Sedona include "3:10 to Yuma" and "Sedona: the Movie" which may hit theaters end of 2012 or 2013.

Red Rock Crossing today
A little known Sedona film fact: German western "Der Kaiser von Kalifornien" filmed in Sedona during Hitler's reign to validate his actions toward global expansion & territorial occupations.

Movie stars lived and/or owned homes in Sedona. Madonna, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Lucille Ball, Walt Disney to name a few. Several entertainers, writers, philosophers visit Red Rock Country for inspiration or solitude. Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural finesse also dots the neighborhood landscape across Sedona.
View - end of Broken Arrow Trail
Where they filmed Stewart Classic "Broken Arrow"


  1. it is a shame most of us dont know personalities and art like her's including me. but i must say that you are doing a great job at preserving it. so keep at it you are doing a great job

  2. International business platform to expand business internationally

  3. because the moment they met at age 5, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) had been excellent friends, going through the highs and lows of growing up side through facet.

  4. Fastest way to watch new movies online and free on We have more than 65000 Movies Simply to enjoy any movies you want. 123Movies

  5. he brought John Wayne to Red Rock Country for filming, Wayne took one look at Red Rock Crossing and pledged to include its scenery in every film he made

  6. Most online rental stores let you rate movies according to how much you enjoyed them. Based on these ratings, the site will show you other titles similar to those you rated highly.

  7. I was very pleased to find this site.I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post  fmovies

  8. i read a lot of stuff and i found that the way of writing to clearifing that exactly want to say was very good so i am impressed and ilike to come again in future.. putlockers movies

  9. Watch movies online free on Fmovies. Watch series online. Over 9000 free streaming movies, documentaries & TV series free on site Fmovies

  10. Your blog provided us with valuable information to work with