Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Visit to Monument Valley: Part Two

Time for another look back at our recent visit to Goulding's Lodge and Monument Valley! For those who missed it, Part One is here.

One of my all-time favorite movies, John Ford's SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949), was filmed at Goulding's Lodge, along with the beautiful valley itself.

Here's one of my favorite publicity shots of the YELLOW RIBBON cast, with John Wayne, Harry Carey Jr., Ben Johnson, George O'Brien, and John Agar:

Wayne plays Captain Nathan Brittles, who is about to retire from the U.S. Army. For the exterior shots of Captain Brittles' rough-hewn quarters at a Western fort, Goulding's "potato cellar" was used. Vegetables for the lodge restaurant were stored in this small, dark facility.

Today an identifying sign has been added to the door, but otherwise the building remains pretty much as it was seen in the movie:

Here's a screen shot for comparison:

The above shot was borrowed from an excellent post on Monument Valley at The Terrible Catsafterme, which I encourage my readers to visit.

The Brittles cabin interiors were shot in Hollywood, but a mockup of what the inside might have looked like fills a portion of the room:

There's also a gallery of photos from the movie inside the cabin, including these:

Click any photo to enlarge for a closer look.

Goulding's Museum is in the original trading post building:

The museum contains many stills and posters, along with some memorabilia, such as Joanne Dru's costume from SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON:

And a call sheet for CHEYENNE AUTUMN (1964):

This is a photograph of the original dining room, which doubled as the saloon in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON:

This building no longer exists. A photograph of the exterior of the present-day dining room is in Part One.

Below is a scene-by-scene breakdown sheet planning the locations for MGM's BILLY THE KID (1941), which starred Robert Taylor:

The museum is a fairly short but important stop for anyone visiting Monument Valley.

One more shot of the YELLOW RIBBON cast!

A final post, in the near future, will focus on the valley's beautiful scenery.

Previously: A Visit to Monument Valley: Part One.

Update: A Visit to Monument Valley: Part Three.


Blogger Silver Screenings said...

Oh boy, now I've got to go and watch "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" again.

I really must visit Monument Valley.

3:19 PM  

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