Marshal Wyatt Earp (actor Joel McCrea, seen at right) brings law and order to Gene Autry's Melody Ranch movie studio in Placerita Canyon in the
1955 feature film, "Wichita."
8x10 glossy promotional still. This one is from a 1961 re-release, but the same image was also used in 1955.
"Wichita" (Allied Artists 1955) is directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by Walter Mirisch. Credited players include Vera Miles, Lloyd Bridges,
Carl Benton Reid,
Robert J. Wilke,
Mae Clarke and
Some interiors were filmed at Monogram/Allied Artists' Poverty Row studio in East Hollywood.
Trivia: Peter Graves is the brother of James Arness, aka Marshal Matt Dillon of the long-running "Gunsmoke" TV series, which shot in part at Melody Ranch.
Kermit Maynard, Ken's stuntman brother, has a bit part in this film, as does a young Sam Peckinpah, who went on to become a hard-boiled producer. In fact,
Peckinpah would direct McCrea and another old Melody Ranch "regular," Randolph Scott, in 1962's "Ride the High Country" (which was not shot locally).
In 2009, McCrea (1905-1990) was inducted posthumously into the Newhall Walk of Western Stars.