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Thursday October 22nd 2020

The Shootist | 1976

The Shootist film location: the Krebs-Peterson House, 500 Mountain Street, Carson City, Nevada
The Shootist film location: ‘the boarding house: Krebs-Peterson House, 500 Mountain Street, Carson City, Nevada

John Wayne’s elegiac last turn as a gunfighter dying of prostate cancer (Wayne refused to succumb to the bladder cancer of the source novel).

The setting was changed from the book's 'El Paso, Texas', to Nevada, where the film was largely made in Carson City, east of Lake Tahoe on I-395, Nevada, with street scenes filmed on the Western Street of Warner BrosBurbank lot in LA.

The buggy ride was filmed in Washoe Lake State Park, 4855 East Lake Boulevard, in the Washoe Valley, between Carson City itself and Reno.

The boarding house of Bond Rogers (Lauren Bacall), where Wayne sees out his final days, is the 1914 Krebs-Peterson House, 500 Mountain Street, Carson City, built in 1914 for physician and surgeonĀ  Dr Ernest T Krebs, Sr.

Now a private home, the house is one of the historic sites on the city's Blue Line Trail.