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Thursday November 15th 2018

King Of The Khyber Rifles | 1953

King of the Khyber Rifles location: Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, central California
King of the Khyber Rifles location: The rocky landscape of the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, central California

Tyrone Power is the conflicted, half-Indian officer with the Khyber Rifles, pitched against his step-brother in this standard CinemaScope adventure.

Once again, the rocky landscape of the Alabama Hills, west of Lone Pine on Route 395, central California is drafted in to represent India’s Khyber Pass, with the snow-topped Sierra Nevadas as the ‘Himalayas’.

The striking rock formations of the Alabama Hills have featured in countless movies, often doubling for ‘India’ and the Himalayas in such films as Gunga Din and Lives of a Bengal Lancer, as well as Western landscapes for How the West Was Won, Joe Kidd and Kalifornia.

An annual Lone Pine Film Festival celebrates the area's cinematic legacy, and even the place names reflect the importance of the movie industry. The track leading up to the most frequently used area is called Movie Road.