Studios would take still photos of their actors in costumes to test the look of the wardrobe; here, we see Jane Wyman in one such test as Warner Bros. decides on dresses for her character, Ann Kincaid, in the Raoul Walsh-directed Cheyenne. Wyman, then Mrs. Ronald Reagan and an Academy Award nominee for The Yearling, came to Sedona in April ’46 to film under duress. A year later, she was a Best Actress Oscar winner for Johnny Belinda, he was in his first elected post as president of the Screen Actors Guild, their marriage would be ending – and Cheyenne was still unreleased.
Having played host to more than 60 Hollywood productions—from the early years of cinema through the 1970s—Sedona, Arizona’s unsung role in American film is the topic of this blog. Here, once and for all Sedona gets her due as a key location in movie history, a silent but stunning backdrop to all genres of movies including silent films, B westerns, World War II propaganda, and film noir.