the growth of the film industry, Utah state government began aggressively
to promote Utah as a locale for filmmaking. The first film shot on location
in Utah, Tom Mix's Deadwood Dick (1922), used Kanab and the surrounding
area for chases through canyons, immense open plains, and scenic rock
formations. Deadwood Dick was followed by hundreds of other movies,
including Drums Along the Mohawk, My Friend Flicka, My Darling Clementine
and, more recently, Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade.
theatrical activity found a home in the state universities and colleges,
with additional support from little theater groups and occasional road
productions. Besides Maud May Babcock, important promoters of theater
at the University of Utah were Lila Eccles Brimhall, C. Lowell Lees,
and Keith M. Engar. Brimhall, a Babcock student and protégé, taught
at the university from 1929 to 1960. Lees for many years directed theater
at the university, worked for a theater to house the university's dramatic
efforts, and introduced children's theater to Utah. Keith Engar instituted
the annual production of a classic Greek play in an outdoor setting.
activity also prospered at Brigham Young University. It began with two
or three plays per year being presented in the 1880s. Important names
in BYU's Theater history include T. Earl Pardoe, who taught there from
1919 to 1952 and emphasized dramatic training and performance rather
than oral reading, and Harold I. Hansen, who introduced experimental
theater, arena productions, and children's theater as well as working
for a permanent theater to house the university's dramatic productions.
During the years 1951 to 1975, more than 2,700 productions were presented
at BYU with to audiences of more than 2.5 million.