Jim Turner Returns to PebbleCreek

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Arizona has been a photogenic favorite location for movie producers since Douglas Fairbanks filmed in Nogales in 1917. Come hear about the plots, players and behind-the-scenes stories of Charles Laughton, Jean Harlow, John Wayne and many more in the classic movies from silents to Cinemascope.  

Jim Turner, who retired from the Arizona Historical Society in 2009, is a prolific writer and lecturer on Arizona and the Southwest and one of PebbleCreek's most popular lecturers.

In this return trip at 10 a.m. Feb. 26, he will stimulate your memories of Saturday matinees of your youth, when you may have put down a quarter to see Gunfight at the OK Corral, John Wayne in The Searchers, shot in Monument Valley, or Oklahoma, shot primarily around Nogales.

in old arizona movie poster 1929 largerWe’ll also learn about more recent films shot in Arizona’s spectacular settings and learn that films shot here cover a wide range of topics, not simply westerns, from Psycho’s scenes to shots of Route 66 in Easy Rider.

Turner, who spoke previously at PebbleCreek about Poncho Villa, the Oatman girls' kidnapping by Indians, Arizona statehood and the history of the Pima Indians, researched this topic through newspaper archives, internet movie databases and at the UCLA Library Film and Television Library Archives.

Turner earned his master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Arizona in 1999. He retired as historian for the Arizona Historical Society in 2009 to write Arizona: A Celebration of the Grand Canyon State. A souvenir pictorial book, The Mighty Colorado River from the Glaciers to the Gulf, is one of True West magazine’s top travel books of the year, and his latest book, Crater Lake and Beyond, Land of Fire and Ice, received a favorable review in The National Parks Traveler. Turner has been an Arizona historian since 1976 and is now an author and editor for Rio Nuevo Publishers.

Tickets to all Monday Morning Lectures are $4 at the door of the Renaissance Theater. 

For additional information, (Turner notes both books contain errors):