I took a little road trip over the weekend along Highway 395. If you have ever seen any westerns, you will be familiar with the Lone Pine/Mount Whitney location. It was the setting of many a cowboy movie and television show, not to mention doubling as the North-West Frontier/Afghanistan in films like Gunga Din and Iron Man.
Most movie fans know about the Yuma Territorial Prison. Van Heflin spent the better part of 90 minutes trying to send Glenn Ford there. John Wayne played foreign legionnaire using it as a backdrop. And one of Raoul Walsh’s most popular films, The Honor System, used it as a location way back in 1917.
Ninety years ago, Rudolph Valentino’s final film was released. Son of the Sheik was a direct sequel to his smash hit and it created just the right combination of romance, adventure and humor.