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Lone Pine, Not Hollywood, Place to See Movies Made

(reprint from “King of the Khyber Rifles” campaign booklet)

Tourists and movie fans who want to see movies made should go to Lone Pine, California, and not to Hollywood, according to Tyrone Power, who spent several weeks in the little mining-resort town, filming "King of the Khyber Rifles".

Power, who shares starring honors in this romantic-adventure story with Terry Moore and Michael Rennie, pointed out that Lone Pine has been the site of more pictures filmed outdoors than Hollywood.

"You have to have a lot of pull to get into a Hollywood studio," he explained, "but in Lone Pine, all you have to do is park your car on the roadside and watch the cameras grind almost every day in the year."

"King of the Khyber Rifles" was Power's third picture made at Lone Pine. Three years ago he made "Rawhide" there and a decade before that "Brigham Young". The sets built for that still stand and are open to inspection by the public. The huge Peshawar, India garrison constructed at the foot of the Sierra Nevadas for this new CinemaScope picture about India in the 1870's was added to the town's list of sights for tourists.

The Sierra and Whitney cafes of the little town are the stars' chief eating places, and the veranda of the little Dow hotel is a favorite rocking chair retreat for the film players.

There are many reasons why Lone Pine is an outdoor movie capital, Power pointed out. In a radius of 50 miles is Mount Whitney, highest peak in the nation and snow-capped most of the year; Death Valley, lowest point in America; deserts which look like India and Africa; cottonwood-dotted oases like Texas' and Arizona's; rugged peaks like the Rockies; wilderness like Canada's and mountain passes resembling the Khyber Pass, which is the scene for much of the action in "King of the Khyber Rifles".

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