Saturday, November 14, 2015

On Location (Sort Of) With The Rat Pack

After seeing the HBO doc All Or Nothing At All, TSG has been on a Sinatra binge, which includes watching some pretty mediocre movies. One such flick is Sergeants 3, Frank's big-budget western imitation of Gunga Din. It's as good a movie as you'd expect from Frank Dino Sammy Peter and Joey.  It isn't one of John Sturges best efforts, but he did as well as he could considering the circumstances.  Modern viewers might find the cultural stereotypes somewhat offensive but it's no worse than other movies of the time.

Anywho, the thing that grabbed TSG right from the opening scenes was a overwhelming sense of déjà vu. 
Sgts 3 screenshot 1
Sgts 3 Screenshot 2
A quick google or two revealed why the scenery looked so familiar. The movie was filmed in various places near Kanab, including the Paria ghost town/movie set area and Bryce Canyon--both visited by TSG in our forays in Utah's Kane County.  We camped out on the edge of the old set back in '96, which was lucky because the buildings were dismantled just a few years later. The locations in screenshots don't match up exactly with the TSG archival images, but you get the idea...

Birds-eye view of TSG 1996 campsite
Bryce Canyon--Sinatra, Martin and Lawford searching for the Ghost Dancer's cave:

Sgts 3 screenshot 3

TSG archival image: view overlooking the trail: