Bringing together three movies that rely on the land as an integral character in the story, the April-June block of films is guest curated by James D’Arc, curator at BYU Motion Picture Archive and author of When Hollywood Came to Town: The History of Movie-Making in Utah. These films demonstrate why the varied landscapes of Utah became popular as filming locations within the Western genre.
Originally a Frank Capra project, director William Wellman gave this story, about mail-order brides making the trek from Missouri to California, the tough, gritty—even tragic—realism that the subject matter demanded. He used locals in southwestern Utah to scout the stunning locations used for filming and emphasized the stark, sunbaked terrain with his cinematography.
We will also screen the short promotional trailer, Challenge the Wilderness, which MGM created to show the rigors of production in Utah.
Directed by William Wellman | Starring: Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel, Hope Emerson, and John McIntire
Includes museum admission.