Ace in the Hole (1951) Filming Locations

Location #1: Albuquerque Sun-Bulletin

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At Pacific Avenue & Market Street, Los Angeles, California, United States

Location #2: Minosa’s Indian Curios / The cliff

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The old U.S. 66 (near the border leading to Arizona), Gallup, New Mexico, United States

* A contribution by Mark Terres!

Location #3: Chuck drives to the church


San Jose Mission, Laguna, New Mexico, United States

8 thoughts on “Ace in the Hole (1951) Filming Locations

  1. Mark Terres

    The movie set/cave location you show is not the correct location. I travel from Minnesota to Arizona and recognized the area you show. There is a large cave there, but it is not the correct one. If you study the rock formations around the cave as shown in the movie you will realize they do not match. I found the correct location. To webmaster: If you are interested, contact me and I can send a few images and the location of the actual cave.

    1. John zulick

      Hi Mark.same here fascinated with old movie locations. Living here in texas and visiting family in show low az.for years.tried matching up the location they stated near lupton wasn’t the same location.any recent photos would be appreciated. Thankyou in advance

  2. Wayne Overbeck

    Last week I went to the incorrect cave location and took a bunch of pictures, after getting back to CA realized location was incorrect. And after searching with google street view found the location Mark previously found, Damm I wish I had found this website prior to going there. Anyone know of more current pictures? The google ones are 2008, hopefully they will update!

  3. Richard P.

    Just to add my two cents, the precise location for the cliff-side niche (and surrounding area) used in the film is exactly 2.7 miles EAST of the Arizona/New Mexico border on State Highway 118. Although the area is all private property now, and is therefore inaccessible, one can plainly see the niche just 200 yards off the highway (facing north). The longstanding myth (on many websites) about the cliff face being on/at the state line has got to stop!

    1. Alexandre L., Webmaster Post author

      Yes, indeed.

      I do remember doing the searching for this film, and something really didn’t add up with the info I bumped into. Couldn’t find anything similar to the cave seen in the movie near the border.


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