Filmmaking in Apache Junction

Elvis on set
Taking a break while filming “Charro,” Elvis is pictured with several of the cast members. Some residents were fortunate enough to be able to get on the set while the legendary film recording star was making this movie. (Courtesy of Levis Brown)

The Supersition Mountain area has played a major role in the film making industry since Jon Dored, a camera operator for the Southern Pacific Railroad, filmed the first commercial motion picture of Roosevelt Dam, the Apache Trail and Tonto National Monument on November 18, 1910. Dored shot 850 feet of film during his stay in the area. Several film shorts were shot in the area between 1910-1920. Actors and actresses from around the world have worked on sets beneath the facade of Superstition Mountain. Movie greats such as Glenn Ford, Ida Lupino, James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Jack Holt and Tom Mix have starred in films shot on location in the area. Singers such as Marty Robbins, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers and Waylon Jennings have done films at Apacheland.

Films
Arizona Raiders, with Audie Murphy
The Ballad of Cable Hogue, with Jason Robards
Blind Justice, with Armand Assante
The Broken Land, with Jody McCrea
Charro, with Elvis Presley
The Gambler II, with Kenny Rogers
Guns of a Stranger, with Marty Robbins
The Highwayman, with Jason Priestley
How the West Was Won, with John Wayne
Lust for Gold, with Glenn Ford
North of the Rio Grande, with Jack Holt
Mountain Road, with James Stewart
A Time for Dying, with Audie Murphy
Uncross the Stars
, with Barbara Hershey
Wild Seven, with Richard Roundtree

Television Series
26 Men
Circlestone
Death Valley Days
Good Morning America
Have Gun Will Travel
In Search Of
Inside Edition
Passport to Adventure
The Rifleman
Stagecoach West
Unsolved Mysteries
Wanted: Dead or Alive
Zane Grey Theater