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Main Street Scene in "Wichita"
Melody Ranch | Placerita Canyon

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Lobby card, 11x14 inches, shows the main Western street at Gene Autry's Melody Ranch in Placerita Canyon as it appeared in 1955's "Wichita" starring Joel McCrea and Vera Miles, who are seen in the middle of the image.

The image is a colorized version of this publicity photograph.

We don't know what has been blotted out under the words, "Gateway to the West," at upper left, but the same thing seems to occur on all U.S. lobby cards from this picture.

The number at lower left, 55/303, means it was the 303rd picture to receive a number in 1955 from National Screen Service, the company that licensed most studios' promotional materials (including lobby cards) to distributors.

The film premiered July 13, 1955, in Wichita, Kansas.


"Wichita" (Allied Artists 1955) is directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by Walter Mirisch. Credited players include Vera Miles, Lloyd Bridges, Wallace Ford, Edgar Buchanan, Peter Graves, Keith Larsen, Carl Benton Reid, John Smith, Walter Coy, Robert J. Wilke, Jack Elam, Mae Clarke and Walter Sande.

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.


LW3395: 9600 dpi jpeg from original lobby card purchased 2018 by Leon Worden.
WICHITA (1955)
Filmed at Melody Ranch

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Lobby Card

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Main Street

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Main Street

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At Hacienda

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Still from Sweden

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Still from Sweden

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Yugoslavian Herald

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Mexican Lobby Card

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Japan 1957

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Spain 1958

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