It didn’t hurt that by the time he built his hotel, Griffith’s cronies were the studio chiefs at Paramount, MGM, and 20th Century Fox. Now the stars were aligning. New Mexico had already established itself as the exotic western landscape of every filmmaker’s imagination. So Hotel El Rancho was a perfect fit to host directors, actors and film crews. The hotel could provide a level of service and comfort to Hollywood’s moviemakers that was otherwise unavailable in Gallup. Fun and lively. Exotic and real. It was now Hotel El Rancho’s turn in the Hollywood spotlight.