Tuesday, January 16, 2007
"26 Men" and Phoenix's Cudia City Studios
As mentioned by Tom Wright in an earlier posting, some old TV shows were filmed at the Cuda City Studios, which was a 2-street Western set at 40th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix, Arizona. The TV series "26 Men" was filmed at this studio in the late '50's, and on location around Camelback Mountain, the Superstition Mountains, Pinnacle Peak, and other desert areas. I ordered the 3-volume DVD set of "26 Men" and having been watching some of the shows in the past few days; it's pretty neat seeing the Arizona and Phoenix-area scenery back in those days. Above are a couple of screen captures, can any reader recognize the scenery? :o) You can click on the photograph for a bigger view.
The DVD covers says "26 Men is based on the real life exploits of the Arizona Rangers, who were commissioned to clean up the outlaw territory in preparation for statehood."
There's one episode where Robert Blake plays a young outlaw, his family just kidnapped a young girl; and Robert Blake says to the girl, "You're prettier than a pearl handle pistol." I'm sure that line would be just as effective today at any of the local club scenes.
But as Marty Manning mentioned in a previous posting, the Cudia City Studios burned to the ground in 1967.
Posted by Lowell Hollars at Tuesday, January 16, 2007