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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  Jan. 17, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: This is the filming of “Buffalo Bill,” starring Joel McCrea.]

Here we have horses, cavalry soldiers and puffy white clouds…

  Jan. 17, 2011, Mystery Photo  

[Update: Here’s the caption information on the back of the photo.]

  Jan. 17, 2011, Mystery Photo  

Our mystery camera crew has covered the camera with a heavy blanket … because of noise? … because of dust? It’s a mystery!

  Jan. 17, 2011, Mystery Photo  

… and here’s our mystery soundman …

  Jan. 17, 2011, Mystery Photo  

… our mystery cavalry soldiers …

  Jan. 17, 2011, Mystery Photo  

… a mystery cannon with a pyramid of cannonballs…

  Jan. 17, 2011, Mystery Photo  

… our mystery talent in a lot of fringe … 

  Jan. 17, 2011, Mystery Photo  

… and our mystery guys standing around.
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Joel McCrea in BUFFALO BILL?

"They Died With Their Boots On," (1941) with Errol Flynn in fringe.

We don't think that is a blanket, it's more like a quilt -- it appears to be a blimped camera. The idea is to keep the sound of the camera grinding off of the movie sound track. Looks suspiciously like a John Ford oater but the actors are hard to figure out. John Carradine in the goatee? Edgar Buchanan as the guy with two stripes on his sleeve?

This isn't from Buffalo Bill (1944) with Joel McCrea staring as Buffalo Bill, is it?

Looks like the old movie fort up in Kanab or Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, where John Ford did a lot of shooting. One of the cavalry enlisted #6, looks like Jack Pennick. My best guess is that it is one of the James Warner Bellah stories, Ft. Apache, Rio Bravo or She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.

Larry- Change that from Rio Bravo to Rio Grande! Thanks!

Joel McCrea in Buffalo Bill. Filmed in and around Kanab, Utah. That's the fort that was built there, think they called it Ft. Kanab for years. Used in innumerable films, including Sergeants 3. The film crews all used to stay at Parry's Lodge in Kanab. The Kanab movie ranch there became a great animal shelter called 'Best Friends' about 20 years ago.

Getting a late start today, looks like Joel McCrea from BUFFALO BILL 1944L

Hah! I told Molly that was Edgar Buchanan in that oater. "Well, what vintage western was he NOT in?" she replied.


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