Movie History in Kanab

The Parry brothers assisted with the transportation needs of the first movie made in Southern Utah starring Tom Mix in “Deadwood Coach” in 1924. They enjoyed the movie business and profited from their experience. In 1931 they opened Parry Lodge in Kanab so they could feed and house as well as transport the casts and crews. Armed with hundreds of photos of the area’s scenic locations, they made several trips to Hollywood calling on studio executives and locations scouts.

Their efforts were wildly successful. Over the next 50 years, Kanab area scenery and residents were used in over 100 featured films and hundreds of television episodes. Most of those productions made Parry Lodge their home away from home.

Some of the movies made in the area:

1924 – Deadwood Coach 1928 – Ramona
1930 – The Big Trail
1934 – Dude Ranger
1937 – Bad Man Of Brimstone
1939 – Drums Along The Mohawk
1940 – Wagon Train
1941 – Western Union
1942 – Arabian Nights
1943 – My Friend Flicka
1944 – Buffalo Bill
1946 – Smoky
1950 – The Outriders

1952 – Westward The Women
1953 – Pony Express
1956 – The Lone Ranger
1962 – Sergeants 3
1965 – The Greatest Story Ever Told
1966 – Duel at Diablo
1968 – Planet of The Apes
1969 – Mackenna’s Gold
1973 – The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
1976 – The Outlaw Josey Wales
1979 – The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
1994 – Maverick
2001 – Planet of The Apes

"With all sorts of good wishes and pleasant memories of fine times at Parry Lodge” Sincerely, Burl Ives

TV Shows

Death Valley Days
Have Gun, Will Travel
Wagon Train
Rin Tin Tin
Daniel Boone
Grizzly Adams
The Lone Ranger
Route 66

“Can’t tell you how much I enjoyed staying at your place – I’ll be Back!” - Fred MacMurray

Partial list of famous former guests at Parry Lodge:

Lex Barker
Arlene Dahl
Rhonda Fleming
Tim Conway
Dale Evans
Charles Coburn
Frank Sinatra
Raymond Massey
Telly Savalas
Linda Darnell
Clayton Moore
Jane Russell
James Garner
Julie Newmar
Alan Ladd
Robert Preston
Robert Ryan
Ray Milland
Ann Baxter
Sidney Portier
Wallace Beery
Charlton Heston
Forrest Tucker
Clint Eastwood

Lana Turner
Joel McCrea
Robert Taylor
Fess Parker
George Hamilton
Dean Martin
Peter Lawford
Omar Sharif
Eli Wallach
John Wayne
Jay Silverheels
Yvonne De Carlo
Ronald Reagan
Gregory Peck
Anne Bancroft
Frederic March
Tyrone Power
Lee Van Cleef
Edmund Gwenn
Randolph Scott
Jack Elam
Anthony Quinn
Chuck Conners
Clint Walker

Victor Mature
Ben Johnson
Don Knotts
Roy Rogers
Deanna Durbin
Barbara Stanwyck
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Burgess Meredith
Walter Brennan
Roddy McDowell
James Arness
Maria Montez
Mamie Van Doren
Buddy Ebsen
Ava Gardner
Fred McMurray
Burl Ives
Olivia De Havilland
John Carradine
Glenn Ford
George “Gabby” Hayes
Maureen O’Hara
Ray Milland
Virginia Mayo


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