August 30th, 2010
Utah’s “Little Hollywood’, Kanab, honored The High Chaparral stars Don Collier, Bob Hoy, and Ted Markland. At Kanab’s Walk of Fame, reminiscent of the stars that line the streets of Hollywood and Vine, movie and TV greats are enshrined in permanent markers.
Each year Western move greats are added to the growing list of honorees which includes Ronald Reagan, producer Howard Koch, Tom Mix, Ben Johnson, the entire cast of Gunsmoke Glenn Ford, Chuck Connors, George “Gabby” Hayes, Jim Davis, Whitney “Whit” Parry, Lex Barker, Peter Ford, Denny Miller, Ed Faulkner, Peter Brown and now Don Collier, Bob Hoy, and Ted Markland.
It takes more than fame to be remembered at Kanab’s Walk of Fame. These movie greats all have one thing in common. They came to Kanab to make movies.
Kanab is a backdrop for movie westerns that defined the genre. John Ford shot parts of Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon there, and scenes from The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Rainmaker, and TV westerns like Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, Have Gun Will Travel, Wagon Train and F Troop called it home. More than 100 films have been shot in Kanab and the surrounding area, and more westerns have been shot there than anywhere else outside of California. It’s more than earned it’s nickname as Utah’s “Little Hollywood”.
As host to Hollywood stars, the remote location has often had to be flexible with accommodations. When Frank Sinatra, in 1961, filmed the comedy-Western Sergeants 3 around Kanab, he and the “Rat Pack” (including Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin) stayed locally at the Parry. But the Pack had a heavy concert schedule in Las Vegas, so the football field at the high school was pressed into service as their helicopter’s landing pad.
Just a few of the films and TV series shot in Kanab:
“The Lone Ranger,” Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels
“In Old Oklahoma” or “War of the Wildcats,” John Wayne
“Duel at Diablo,” James Garner, Sidney Poitier
“The Pony Express,” Charlton Heston
“Planet of the Apes,” Charleton Heston, Roddy McDowall
“The Outlaw Josey Wales,” Clint Eastwood,
“How the West was Won,” James Arness
“The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again,” Tim Conway, Don Knotts
“Sergeants Three,” John Sturges, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr.,