Gunga Din | 1939
Spectacular epic set on India’s Northwest Frontier, with the Alabama Hills at Lone Pine on I-395, Inyo County, central California, standing in for the mountainous region which eventually became part of what is now Pakistan.
While perhaps not geographically correct, the striking rock formations provide a dramatic visual setting, overlooked by the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada range.
You’ll find the Hills west of the town of Lone Pine off Whitney Portal Road.
The huge English fort was built on Indian Springs Road, south of Whitney Portal.
The ‘Temple of Kali’ was constructed in a hollow now known as Temple Pocket on Horseshoe Meadow Road – where a stone marker commemorates the shoot.
The location was put to similar use in, amongst other films, King of the Khyber Rifles (1953), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) and The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935).