Location Filming in Arizona



“Beautiful…Exactly what a ‘location’ book should be.”–Arizona Film and Media Coalition

Description: The scenic natural vistas of Arizona’s deserts and mountains have made it a favorite backdrop of movies and television shows. Westerns such as silent-era pictures derived from Zane Grey fiction through Ford–John Wayne classics Stagecoach and The Searchers benefited from the beautiful and rugged landscapes. TV classics such as Gunsmoke and Little House on the Prairie helped define Arizona’s allure for Hollywood. Oscar winners Jerry Maguire and Little Miss Sunshine took advantage of the infrastructure that accumulated to lure filmmakers to Tucson, Yuma, Phoenix, Prescott, Sedona and all corners of the Grand Canyon State. Join author Lili DeBarbieri as she looks at the movies and shows shot in the state, as well as other aspects of Arizona film culture. (The History Press, 2014)

“Excellent”–Arizona Highways

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ReviewsForeword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist

2014 Arizona-New Mexico Book Awards Finalist

Reached #1 in Kindle Best Sellers (Movies)

Antigone Books’ # 1 Best-Seller 2014

A “Reading Arizona” selection

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Recommended by Independent Film Arizona

“Mescal: Old West film site sets stage for nearly 50 years”–Arizona Sonora News

“Cochise County a Coveted Site for Movie-Making” — Sierra Vista Herald.

“Author preserves film legacy”— Sedona’s Red Rock News.

“Lili Debarbieri’s latest book focuses on Arizona’s rich history in film”Daily Courier.

Wild West History Association Journal, review


Once upon a time, whenever a celluloid hero or heroine rode into the sunset, there was a pretty good chance that sunset was in Arizona. Tucsonan Lili DeBarbieri reminds us of those days, and much more recent television and motion picture settings…As much a tour guide as a historian, DeBarbieri takes readers around the state to visit the locales where actors and actresses from Henry Fonda and John Wayne to Amanda Blake and Melissa Gilbert created memorable cinematic roles…a reminder of the state’s rich cinematic heritage–Bruce Dinges, Journal of Arizona History

“If you love movies enough to care about where they are made you need to get this book. And if you are a fan of Western movies and television I think you should be required to get this book.”–Kim Johnson, KAWC Radio, Yuma

“From the very first pages, this work urges the reader to read on…the writing is compelling not only because of a lively narration, but also the way historical human interest details support the narration…a unique writing style.” –Arizona Authors Association
“I am ever ready to devour a well-written, impeccably presented book about the movies; this book is no exception. The author’s love and appreciation for her subject is infectious as she takes the reader from one location to the next. This ‘local’ angle enhances the book’s strong sense of place, rather than being another book of movie facts. Location Filming in Arizona is an excellent addition to my small collection of movie books.” –Terri Sedmak, historical novelist

No creative force has been more influential in ensuring the enduring popularity of the mythic West than the film and television industry…In Location Filming in Arizona, author Lili DeBarbieri takes her readers on a fascinating tour of movies and TV shows filmed in the Grand Canyon State for more than a century… —Paul Cool, author Salt Warriors.

  “A smoothly woven history of Arizona’s entry into the movie world and it’s unparalleled vistas, color, mystique, and sunshine all in one. I especially liked the realistic approach to what was past and why, and the decline of filming in this great state…a tribute to the men and women who continue to believe in Arizona’s future on the screen.” –Jim Clark, Actor and Stuntman
“I found myself taking notes, googling names and places, laughing in remembrance, basking in nostalgia, and vowing to read the credits more often. Lili took me back to my youth, and to movies and television that I would never have guessed to be filmed in Arizona.”–Soni Cido, author and Mess Hall chef
This little book on making movies in Arizona features a star-studded cast. Tucsonan Lili DeBarbieri provides an overview history of the industry in the state and then breaks it down into regions. With sidebars, boxes, a filmography, plenty of photos, and anecdotes, Location Filming in Arizona is informative…could even make you search out Andy Warhol’s very special 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet, in which “naked cowboys and cowgirls” roar through Old Tucson on motorcycles. —Tucson Weekly