You can take a stagecoach ride, visit the museum with lots of artifacts from movies, and experience a lot more things at the studios...check out the most photographed locomotive in movie history, "The Reno", which has been in more than 100 movies.
We sat down on some hay bales for the first show outdoors, to see an enactment of how the pioneer day hustlers and hucksters worked on swindling people out of their money. Before we knew it, a comedy team of two guys grabbed me, Sparky, as an unsuspecting, slightly unwilling bystander, to demonstrate the powers of Sir William Wiley, Esq.'s elixir (which happened to be sasparilla). I managed to play along, and even fell for a very old cow joke...Here's how it went:
"Are you a very good speller, Jeannie?"
"Very well then...spell SILK."
"Again, louder and faster..."
"STILL FASTER AND LOUDER, JEANNIE!"
And, at this point, I'm waiting for the tough question, the tricky question, the I- sure- don't -want- to -make- a- fool- out- of -myself -in -front- of -all- these- people question! Waiting....waiting....
"And Jeannie, what do cows drink?'
"MILK!" I proudly exclaim.... and the crowd guffaws......Geesh! Fell for that one! Hook, line, and sinker!
I got to shoot a gun twice (with blanks) to demonstrate the "before" and "after" improvement of drinking Sir William's elixir. They had me point a gun at a water barrel with a tin cup on top and when I shot it, a hole appeared in the water barrel as if I missed. Then I was commanded to drink some "elixir" and asked to shoot again. This time the bigger than life sign came out, "AIM HERE"....I shot again and the cup fell off the barrel. ....They had kids in the audience taking part, too, in which they really had to be on their toes to bang a drum (a grumpy middle school boy enlisted for the job) and a cute little girl to shake a tambourine at appropriate signals from the actors. A bunch more corny jokes ensued, and great fun was had by all, including me!
We witnessed a brief play about ranchers getting their land stolen from them, a bad guy shoots the padre (who used to be in cahoots with the bad guy?), padre shoots the woman rancher (but not really), bad guy shoots the padre's son, and the bad guy dies in the end---or something like that.....
I got a photo of what happens to horse thieves....Hm-m-m..I think I've seen this guy before...
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip today to the Old Tucson studios...hope you did, too!
|Train station used in several movies..latest was 3:10 to Yuma|