All my life I have heard about a movie filmed in Oatman called "Foxfire" (1955), starring Jane Russell and Jeff Chandler. Thanks to a heads up from my Kingman compadre, Dan The Man Harshberger, I finally got to see it on Turner Classics last week.
Other than the stunning scenery, like this picnic scene, above, it is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life.
For one thing, it was obviously written about the area around Globe and San Carlos and the Apaches are the tribe in question (Jeff Chandler plays an Apache mining engineer here, and this is not long after his turn as Cochise in "Broken Arrow" which is kind of funny because he's Jewish), but, for some reason, they filmed it in Mohave County and, so we get, what I assume are Hualapais playing Apaches?
Someone from Kingman has just informed me that the driver, above, was in the Kingman jail when the movie came out, but he was allowed to go to the State Theater to see the movie.
A few choice scenes in downtown Oatman almost made it worth watching. . .
The final scene and the final blast at the Tom Reed Mine?
I wish I could say I enjoyed it, but damn it was bad. I feel like Zero Mostel who, when asked if he had his life to live over what would he do differently and he said something like: "If I had my life to live over again I would do everything exactly the same, except I wouldn't go see 'Foxfire.'" I believe he actually referenced another movie, but I love the angle and intent of the joke.
Speaking of jokers I admire:
“I’ve been accused of vulgarity. I say that’s bullshit.”