Billy The Kid, 1941
visit the film locations
Monument Valley can be reached on Route 163, 24 miles north from the town of Kayenta, Route 160. There’s a visitor centre (admission charge; tel: 435.727.3353). A 14-mile loop snakes through the valley, but not all roads are open to the public. You can see more of the park on a guided tour, from the parking lot at the visitor center.
The dependably wooden Spangler Arlington Brugh (a wise name change to Robert Taylor, I think) takes over as Billy the Hero in this version of the famous legend, with landscapes filmed in Monument Valley and at Sedona, Arizona.
The colour cinematography was Oscar nominated, and in fact this was the first time the great red mesas and buttes of the spectacular valley were glimpsed in glorious Technicolor. See it again in John Ford’s She Wore A Yellow Ribbon and The Searchers.