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Historical society celebrates 70th anniversary of ‘Pony Soldier’


Anthony Numkena and Tyrone Power starred in Sedona classic movie “Pony Soldier,” released in 1952 by Twentieth Century Fox. Numkena is scheduled to appear at the screening of the film Feb. 6.

Anthony Numkena and Tyrone Power starred in Sedona classic movie “Pony Soldier,” released in 1952 by Twentieth Century Fox. Numkena is scheduled to appear at the screening of the film Feb. 6.


Originally Published: January 12, 2022 7:42 a.m.

Tickets go on sale after Jan. 10 for Sedona Historical Society’s Memorable Movie Matinee, featuring the 70th anniversary of “Pony Soldier.”

The vintage western film made in Sedona, will screen Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in West Sedona. The afternoon of cinematic excellence and Sedona movie history will begin when doors open at 3 p.m.

2022 celebrates 70 years since the release of “Pony Soldier,” which starred several Hollywood greats, including Tyrone Power, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Horton, Thomas Gomez, and Penny Edwards. As usual back in that era, Sedona doubled for someplace else, in this case cast in the movie as the Canadian Rockies. During the pre-film discussion, you’ll hear about how pine trees from Oak Creek Canyon were used to try to further that illusion.

Historian Clancy Sage will share other background and stories about the making of the film in Sedona. Then, “Pony Soldier,” a 1952 release, will play.

After the film, a special guest, Anthony Numkena, the child co-star from the film, will join emcee John Conway on stage. He’ll share his memories of making the movie in Sedona as a 9-year old working with some of Hollywood’s greatest actors.

Lovers of Sedona’s landscape will enjoy the vistas that are the backdrop to this Hollywood production that experienced 56 days of grueling filming, with cast and crew experiencing all manner of insults and injuries while in Sedona.

Tickets are $20 each. This screening will show in the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, thanks to the Sedona International Film Festival. Tickets are available at SedonaFilmFestival.com. SWAG bags and door prizes are included. Proceeds benefit the Society’s historic Schuerman Homestead House restoration project.

For more information, contact the Society at their Sedona Heritage Museum located at 735 Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona or call 928-282-7038.