Joel McCrea (as Marshal Wyatt Earp) on the porch of the hacienda at Gene Autry's Melody Ranch movie studio in Placerita Canyon in the
1955 feature film, "Wichita."
8x10 glossy promotional still from a 1961 re-release.
"Wichita" (Allied Artists 1955) is directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by Walter Mirisch. Credited players include Vera Miles, Lloyd Bridges,
Carl Benton Reid,
Robert J. Wilke,
Mae Clarke and
Some interiors were filmed at Monogram/Allied Artists' Poverty Row studio in East Hollywood.
Trivia: Peter Graves is the brother of James Arness, aka Marshal Matt Dillon of the long-running "Gunsmoke" TV series, which shot in part at Melody Ranch.
Kermit Maynard, Ken's stuntman brother, has a bit part in this film, as does a young Sam Peckinpah, who went on to become a hard-boiled producer. In fact,
Peckinpah would direct McCrea and another old Melody Ranch "regular," Randolph Scott, in 1962's "Ride the High Country" (which was not shot locally).
In 2009, McCrea (1905-1990) was inducted posthumously into the Newhall Walk of Western Stars.