Monument Valley, home to the Navajo Indians, countless John Ford movies, and many other pictures. While John Ford has received credit for putting this beautiful location on film first, this is not true. The 1926 film "The Vanishing American" directed by George B. Seitz holds that distinction.
Monument Valley as seen from Goulding's Lodge
The following three photos are by Stephen Lodge (Behind the Scenes website):
"The Vanishing American" (Paramount 1926) Directed by: George B. Seitz. Cast: Richard Dix, Lois Wilson, Noah Beery.
"Stagecoach" (United Artist 1939) Directed by: John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Thomas Mitchell, Andy Devine, George Bancroft, Donald Meek, Louise Platt, John Carradine, Berton Churchill, Tim Holt, Chris Martin.
"Kit Carson" (United Artists 1940) Directed by: George B. Seitz. Cast: John Hall, Dana Andrews, Ward Bond, Clayton Moore.
"Billy the Kid" (MGM 1941) Directed by: David Miller. Cast: Robert Taylor, Brian Donlevy, Chill Wills, Buster Crabbe.
"The Harvey Girls" (MGM 1946) Directed by: George Sidney. Cast: Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Angela Lansbury, Preston Foster, Cyd Charisse.
"My Darling Clementine" (20th Century Fox 1946) Directed by: John Ford. Cast: Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell, Cathy Downs, Ward Bond, Tim Holt, John Ireland, Jane Darwell, Russell Simpson, Francis Ford.
"Fort Apache" (RKO 1948) Directed by: John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, John Agar, Pedro Armendariz, George O'Brien, Anna Lee, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen, Ben Johnson, Francis Ford, Mae Marsh.
"She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" (RKO 1949) Directed by: John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson, George O'Brien, Victor McLaglen, Harry Carey Jr., Mildred Natwick, Francis Ford, Tom Tyler, Chief Big Tree.
"The Searchers" (Warner Bros. 1956) Directed by: John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood, John Qualen, Harry Carey Jr, Olive Carey, Antonio Moreno, Dorothy Jordan, Henry Brandon, Ken Curtis, Hank Worden, Pat Wayne.
"Sergeant Rutledge" (Warner Brothers 1960) Directed by: John Ford. Cast: Jeffrey Hunter, Constance Towers, Woody Strode, Mae Marsh, Eva Novak.
"How The West Was Won" (MGM 1962) Directed by: George Marshall. Cast: George Peppard, Carolyn Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Eli Wallach, Lee J. Cobb.
"Cheyenne Autumn" (Warner Bros. 1964) Directed by: John Ford. Cast: Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Ricardo Montalban, Gilbert Roland, Sal Mineo, Dolores Del Rio, Victor Jory, Karl Malden, Edward G. Robinson, Patrick Wayne, George O'Brien, Mike Mazurki, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, John Carradine, Elizabeth Allen.
"2001: A Space Odyssey" (MGM 1968) Directed by: Stanley Kubrik. Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood.
"Again A Love Story" (Majestic Films 1969) Directed by: Claude Lelouch. Cast: Jean Paul Belmondo, Annie Girardot.
"Easy Rider" (1969) Directed by: Dennis Hopper. Cast: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson.
"Mackenna's Gold" (Columbia 1969) Directed by: J. Lee Thompson. Cast: Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Julie Newmar, Keenan Wynn, Camilla Sparv, Ted Cassidy, Eduardo Ciannella, Dick Peabody, Rudy Diaz, Robert Phillips, Shelley Morrison, J. Robert Porter, John Garfield Jr., Duke Hobbie.
"Joshua" (Larry Spangler Productions 1970) Directed by: Larry Spangler. Cast: Fred Williamson, Isela Vega, Brenda Venus.
"Wild Rovers" (MGM 1971) Directed by: Blake Edwards. Cast: William Holden, Ryan O'Neal, Karl Malden, Leora Dana.
"Electra Glide in Blue" (Tomorrow Entertainment 1973) Directed by: James William Guercio. Cast: Robert Blake, Billy Green Bush, Mitchell Ryan.
"The Trial of Billy Jack" (Warner Bros 1974) Directed by: Frank Laughlin. Cast: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Teresa Laughlin, William Wellman Jr.
"The Eiger Sanction" (Doty Dayton Productions 1975) Directed by: Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Jack Cassidy.
"Un Genio, Due Comari E Un Pollo" (Doty Dayton Productions 1975) Directed by: Damaiano Damiani. Cast: Terence Hill, Miou Miou, Robert Charlebois.
"The Villain" (Columbia 1979) Directed by: Hal Needham. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margret, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Elam.
"The Legend of The Lone Ranger" (Universal 1981) Directed by: William A. Fraker. Cast: Klinton Spilsbury, Jason Robards, Richard Farnsworth.
"National Lampoon's Vacation" (Paramount 1983) Directed by: Harold Ramin. Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall, Imogene Coca.
"Thunder Warrior II" (1983) Directed by: Larry Ludman. Cast: Mark Gregory, Bo Svenson, Raymond Hamstorf.
"Back to the Future III" (Universal 1990) Directed by: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson, Matt Clark, Richard Dysart, Pat Buttram, Harry Carey Jr., Dub Taylor, James Tolkan, Marc McClure, Wendie Jo Sperber, Lea Thompson.
"Tall Tales" (Disney 1993) Directed by: Jeremiah Chechik. Cast: Patrick Swayze, Oliver Platt, Nich Stahi, Roger Aaron Brown.
"Forrest Gump" (Paramount 1993) Directed by: Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Sally Fields, Gary Finise.