A brief glimpse of the famous persons to be filmed in Old Tucson Studios includes: Slim Pickens, Madeline Kahn, Gene Autrey, future President Ronald Reagan, future Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Melissa Gilbert, Jack Palance, Ricardo Montalban’, Maureen O’Hara, Sidney Poitier, Russell Crowe, and, World War II hero Audie Murphy. Since it’s construction in 1939 the site has been home to Hundreds of films & television shows. It created the look of westerns and the image of what a desert is for many has been influenced by what Old Tucson Studios showed us (Even Cartoon deserts have sahuaros.) From 1970 to 1980 Old Tucson Studios hosted 77 film and television productions. It is currently home of a modern soundstage and a western theme park. You can take a film tour, ride the historic railroad, and see music and stunt performances.
Just a few films and
television programs using Old Tucson Studios:
“The Bells of St. Mary’s” (1945), starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.
“Rio Bravo” (1959)
“El Dorado” (1967) John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt, Ed Asner
“Rio Lobo” (1970)
“Dirty Dingus Magee” (1970) with Frank Sinatra
“Joe Kidd” (1971) starring Clint Eastwood
“Death Wish” (1974) starring Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Olympia Dukakis Jeff Goldblum
“Blazing Saddles” (1974) With Cleavon Little, Dom DeLuise and Mel Brooks
“The Last Hard Men” (1975) with Charleton Heston and James Coburn
“The Villain” (1978) starring Kirk Douglas and Ann Margaret
“The Frisco Kid” (1979) starring Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford
“Three Amigos” (1986) starring Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short
“Tombstone”(1993) with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer,
“The Quick and the Dead” (1994)
“Little House on the Prairie” (1977-1983), starring Michael Landon
“Gunsmoke (1972-74)” with James Arness
“The New Maverick” (1978) with James Garner
“The Gambler” (1979) a made-for-TV movie starring Kenny Rogers and Bruce Boxleitner.