I love John Wayne westerns! If the movie has a saguaro cactus in it, you can bet the movie was shot at Old Tucson Studios.
Now here's the thing to look for--somewhere in the movie, the camera will pan from the action to the background, and there it is! Golden Gate Mountain.
Even long time Tucsonans have no idea that the movie studio, which is still active, sits at the foot of a mountain named Golden Gate.
Take a ride on Speedway west toward the Tucson Mountains. It will be good for your soul. As you leave the city, the road rises and winds through a magnificent forest of giant saguaro cacti. You'll enter Tucson Mountain Park, cross over Gates Pass, and there it is! Check it out--it's particularly beautiful at sunset in the monsoon season.
Why do I love John Wayne movies so much? My Grandpa was a makeup artist in the early days. John Wayne used to come to their flat in New York City. But that's another post for another day. Check out www.GoldenGateTucson.com
EDIT: My very first Active Rain blog post.