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Arizona movies at the Phippen: cowpokes, crooks, cactus

Author Gregory McNamee to give talk Saturday

Actor Andy Devine (Courtesy/Phippen)

Actor Andy Devine (Courtesy/Phippen)

Catch a comprehensive look at how Arizona is depicted on the silver screen as writer and historian Gregory McNamee presents “Cowpokes, Crooks & Cactus: Arizona in the Movies” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Phippen Museum.

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Gregory McNamee

McNamee, also an editor, photographer, and publisher, has authored 40 books and more than 5,000 articles and other publications. This special heritage programming is offered in collaboration with Arizona Humanities’ Speakers Bureau, AZ Speaks, and the museum. It is free for museum members and guests with paid admission.

From the earliest days of film, Arizona has been the setting and subject of hundreds of films Come hear about the actors of yore – Tyrone Power, Andy Devine, Steve McQueen and, of course, John Wayne. Some films, such as Junior Bonner and Red River, are considered classics, and to a lesser extent, are others, such as Billy Jack and Evolution.

The presentation accompanies the museum’s current exhibits: Cool, Cool Water, on display in the Marley Gallery through July 22, and Portraits of the West, in the James Gallery through Sunday, April 23.

The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 Highway 89. For more information, call 928-778-1385, or visit www.phippenartmuseum.org.