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10/4/10: When Hollywood Came to Town

John Wayne starred in John Ford's 1939 \"Stagecoach,\" filmed in Monument Valley, Utah.

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, Utah – Monday, we're talking about Utah on the silver screen. Our guest is BYU film historian James D'Arc whose new book chronicles Utah's part in American cinema from the early days of silent film to today. More than 700 movies and television productions have been made here, and it has meant big business for the small towns that welcomed directors, actors and production crews. As one Moab rancher explained, "They don't take anything but pictures and don't leave anything except money."

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