Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Rock Stars of Boulder Pass (aka Santa Susana Pass)


Early 1950s aerial view of Santa Susana Pass Iverson and Brandeis Movie Location Ranches


It’s now been more than one hundred years since Hollywood film makers were first attracted to the Santa Susana Pass by the extraordinary sandstone rock formations that exist here.




For nearly twenty years I’ve been researching and writing about the movie location ranches that once populated the area.  

Using a variety of media including movie memorabilia, such as promotional stills and lobby cards, along with my own photographs, I’ve attempted to document the fantastic landscape and rock outcroppings that lured film makers here in the first place.

I call these unique landscape features Rock Stars. The following links are a visual tour of them.

Iverson Movie Location Ranch -- Chatsworth, California

A primer on the Iverson Movie Ranch



Lone Ranger Rock inset scene from Lone Ranger TV Show (1949)

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Lone Ranger Rock

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Devil's Doorway

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Garden of the Gods

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Nyoka Cliff

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Three Ages Rock

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Crown Rock

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Zorro's Cave

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Overhang Rock



Stoney Point in a scene from “Atom Man vs Superman” (1950)

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Stoney Point (Chatsworth icon)

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Iverson Gorge and Overlook Point

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Buster Keaton's Bathtub

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Saddlehorn Rock

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Map to rock star locations (lower ranch)
https://a-drifting-cowboy.blogspot.com/2012/01/meanwhile-back-at-ranch-map-to-rock.html

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Hole in the wall

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Cave Rocks (Indian Hills)


Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Lash's archway (Indian Hills)

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Hook Rock (Indian Hills)

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Split Rock (Indian Hills)

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Mushroom Rock

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Nyoka Summit

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Bulldog Bluff

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Sheep Flats (Stacked Rocks)


Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Iverson's western street

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Indian Hills Grove

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Batman Rock

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Boots Rock

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Indian Hills Chase Roads

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Indians Hills (Range Rider, Scoop and Center Rocks)

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- lower Iverson miscellaneous

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- lower Iverson Ranch overview

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- upper Iverson Ranch overview


Devil’s Doorway - Northside from various films



Devil’s Doorway - Southside from various films

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Iverson Archways

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Ambush Pass

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Ambush Rock

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Turtle Rocks and Hidden Valley

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Miner’s Cabin


Meanwhile back at the ranch -- upper Stone Cabin

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- the Slates

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Whale Rock

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Indian Head Rock

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Totem Pole Rocks

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Lookout Point

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Upper Iverson Cliff


Eagle Beak (center) and the Molars (left) as seen in “The Last Musketeer” (1952)

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Eagle Beak and The Molars

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Medicine Rocks (aka most prominent rock)

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Cap Rock

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Insert Road

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Durango's Pass

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Festival Rocks


Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Adobe Villages

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Gorge Cabin

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Grove Cabin

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Grove Relay Station

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- GOTG Relay Station

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Lean-to Cabins


Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Iverson Ranch Set

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Rocky Peak

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Oat Mountain

Brandeis Movie Ranch -- Hickeyville

Brandeis Movie Ranch -- Caretaker's House

Brandeis Movie Ranch -- Bunkouse


Chatsworth Filming Location -- Railroad Depot

Chatsworth Filming Location -- Railroad Tunnel 28

Chatsworth Filming Location -- Railroad cut and tunnels

Chatsworth filming location -- Chatsworth Reservoir

Chatsworth filming location -- Burro Flats

Corriganville Movie Ranch -- Overview


Corriganville's Western Street -- Silvertown

Corriganville's Fort Apache and Dugout

Corriganville's Robin Hood Lake

Corriganville's Chase Roads

Double R Bar Ranch -- Roy Rogers’ Chatsworth Home

Beyond Boulder Pass -- Bell Location Ranch


Films of Boulder Pass - A Comprehensive List of movies

Reel Cowboys, Cowgirls, etc -- Chatsworth's Six-Gun Heroes


Misc Chatsworth Movie History…


105,000 fans view the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Rodeo at the LA coliseum (1956)

San Fernando Valley Horses and Movies Are Forever Linked

Chatsworth Equine Cultural Heritage Organization's Parting Gift

Older Post (updated)

Chatsworth's Rock Stars





Thursday, November 8, 2018

Reel Cowboys, Cowgirls, etc -- Chatsworth's Six-Gun Heroes



Who was your favorite six-gun hero?  Hoppy, Gene, Roy, the Lone Ranger or maybe the Duke!  Did he or she work in Chatsworth?  

Most all of the B-Western stars, between the 1930s and 1950s, made movies on one or more of Chatsworth's location ranches.  I have been posting their Chatsworth filmographies under "Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas."  Check to see if I’ve included your favorite star, and if I've overlooked your hero or heroine let me know.




Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Wild Bill Elliott

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- William S. Hart

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Tom Mix

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Gene Autry

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Rex Allen




Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy)

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Bob Steele

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Buck Jones

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Charles Starrett

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Clayton Moore

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Dick Foran

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Duncan Renaldo

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Eddie Dean

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Buster Crabbe

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- George O'Brien

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Hoot Gibson




Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- John Wayne

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Johnny Mack Brown

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Ray Corrigan

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Ken Maynard

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Lash LaRue

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Dave O'Brien




Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Roy Rogers

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Don Barry

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Rocky Lane

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Tim McCoy

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Robert Livingston

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Sunset Carson

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Gilbert Roland

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Tim Holt




Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Gary Cooper

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Rod Cameron

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Randolph Scott

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Tom Tyler

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Jock Mahoney

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- George Montgomery

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Wayne Morris

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- George Houston

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- James Ellison

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Tom Keene

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Tex Ritter

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Monte Hale

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Russell Hayden

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Whip Wilson

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Kermit Maynard

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Glenn Ford

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Addison 'Jack' Randall

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Hal Taliaferro

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Harry Carey

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Rex Bell

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Jack Perrin

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- William Holden

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Jack Luden

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Joel McCrea

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Kirby Grant

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Fred MacMurray

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Jon Hall

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Ernest Borgnine

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Preston Foster

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Audie Murphy

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Bob Baker




Reel Cowgirls of the Santa Susanas -- Peggy Stewart

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Rory Calhoun

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Sterling Hayden
https://a-drifting-cowboy.blogspot.com/2012/08/reel-cowboys-of-santa-susanas-sterling.html

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Forrest Tucker

Reel Little Cowboy of the Santa Susanas -- Robert "Bobby" Winckler

Four Legged Pals -- Those Wonderful Movie Horses

Four Legged Pals -- More Wonderful Movie Horses - part 2

Four Legged Pals -- More Wonderful Movie Horses - part 3

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Errol Flynn

Reel Cowgirls of the Santa Susanas -- Barbara Stanwyck

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Jim Bannon

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Lee Powell

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Jim Davis

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Harry Carey

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Richard Dix

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Fred Scott

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- John Carradine

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Warner Baxter

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Scott Brady

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Henry Fonda

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Dale Robertson

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Tyrone Power

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- John Derek

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Anthony Quinn

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Hank Bell

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Raymond Hatton

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- David Sharpe

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Richard Arlen

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Johnny Carpenter




Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Reed Hadley

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Jimmy Wakely

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- John Payne

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Dan Duryea

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- James Arness

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Howard Duff

Reel Little Cowboy of the Santa Susanas -- Sammy McKim

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Bob Allen

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- John Agar

Reel Little Cowboy of the Santa Susanas -- Tommy Ivo

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Ken Curtis

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Dennis Morgan

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Lloyd Bridges

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Richard Boone

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Rex Reason




Reel Indians of the Santa Susanas -- Jay Silverheels

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Wallace Beery

Reel Indians of the Santa Susanas -- Chief Thundercloud

Reel Indians of the Santa Susanas -- Iron Eyes Cody

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Noah Beery Jr.

Reel Cowgirls of the Santa Susanas -- Nell O'Day

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Alan Ladd

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Victor Mature

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- William Bishop

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- James Garner

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Robert Mitchum

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Charles Bronson

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Reb Russell

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Andy Devine

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- James Brown

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Brian Donlevy

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Jack Hoxie




Reel Sidekicks of the Santa Susanas -- Gabby Hayes

Reel Little Cowboy of the Santa Susanas -- Don Reynolds

Reel Sidekicks of the Santa Susanas -- Emmett Lynn

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Bill Williams

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Guy Madison

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Ward Bond

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Walter Brennan

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Grant Withers

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- John Carroll

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Philip Carey




Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Robert Taylor


Older Posts

Reel Cowboys, Cowgirls and Their Hosses (2011- 2012)

Reel Cowboys -- Chatsworth's Six-Gun Heroes (delicate)

Be sure to check my list of movies lensed in the Santa Susana Pass (aka Boulder Pass)



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Films of Boulder Pass - A Comprehensive List

Celebrating 100 years+ of Chatsworth (Santa Susana Pass aka Boulder Pass) Movies

Some fascinating Iverson Ranch "rock stars" still exist (Nyoka Cliff 2011)

There have been a few newcomers visiting my blog, so I figure it would be a good idea to create an overview of my celebration of 100 years of Chatsworth Movie making.

In Chatsworth's backyard, there remains a fantasyland that was forever made famous by Hollywood…

A place where Superman once captured the evil Luthor in his hidden Stoney Point cave, where Batman wrestled a criminal on top of a speeding locomotive, where Tarzan the Ape Man found an ancient elephant graveyard, and where John Wayne's fighting Seabees pushed a Japanese tank off the same cliff that Nyoka used to escape Vultura’s killer ape.

The place is Boulder Pass.  It was the jungles of India and Africa, the sands of the Sahara, the Khyber Pass between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the plains of Montana, and the High Sierras and the Rocky Mountains all rolled into one.  

It was the scene of stagecoach holdups, posses chasing outlaws on owlhoot (outlaw) trails, Indians attacking white settlers in remote cabins, flying rocket men, and unearthly spaceship landings.  It was a land for make-believe. It could be anything a Hollywood director fancied.

Boulder Pass is a fictitious name borrowed from an old B-Western movie.  The real place is the Santa Susana Pass in Chatsworth, California.  For over  a century, the Santa Susana Pass has been home to the granddaddy of all movie location ranches--the Iverson Ranch.


My name is Jerry England.  I live in Chatsworth.  In fact, I can see the rocky remains of the Iverson Ranch from my front porch.  I am also an author (see http://www.cowboyup.com/) and movie historian who has been researching Chatsworth's filming locations  for more than a dozen years.


Locations researched include: Iverson Ranch, Brandeis Ranch, Burro Flats, Bell Ranch, Spahn Ranch, Chatsworth Lake, Chatsworth Trains, Roy Rogers' Double R Bar Ranch, and Corriganville

In 2012, we celebrated 100 years since D.W. Griffith cranked the first motion picture camera while shooting a short film titled Man's Genesis (1912).  

Since then I've been paying homage to Chatsworth Movies by sharing film titles and memorabilia discovered during my research:


Early and Silent Films

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- The beginning (1912 - 1922)

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Sound arrives (1923 - 1929)

Classic Movies

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- 1930s Classic Movies

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- 1940s Classic Movies

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Classics 1950 - 1953

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Classics 1954 - 1956

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Classics 1957 - 1959

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Classics after 1960

Cliffhangers

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- 1930s Cliffhangers (Serials)

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- 1940s Cliffhangers (Serials)

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- 1950s Cliffhangers (Serials)



Westerns

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns (1930 - 1936)

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns (1937 - 1939)

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1940

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1941

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1942

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1943

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1944

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1945

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1946

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1947

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1948

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1949

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1950

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1951

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1952

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1953

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1954

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1955

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1956

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1957

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1958

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns 1959

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Westerns after 1960

TV Westerns

'Wait for me, Wild Bill!' -- Chatsworth's TV Westerns

TV Filming at Corriganville



Best Chatsworth Movies

Best Chatsworth Movies -- Stagecoach (1939)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- They Died with Their Boots On (1941)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- The Oklahoma Kid (1939)

The Oklahoma Kid and 'Whizzer'

Best Chatsworth Movies -- Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

Was Billy the Kid (1930) filmed in Porter Ranch? YES it Was!

Hi-yo, Silver! Away! -- "The Lone Ranger" (1956)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- Land Beyond the Law (1937)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- The Fighting Seabees (1944)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- Perils of Nyoka (1942)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- "Ride 'Em Cowboy" (1942)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- The Taming of the West (1939)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- The Trusted Outlaw (1937)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- The Renegade Ranger (1938)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- Three Ages (1923)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- The Gallant Legion (1948)

Best Chatsworth Movies -- The Lives of a Bengal Lancer

Best Chatsworth Movies -- Tell It to the Marines (1926)

Best  Chatsworth Movies -- The Terror Tiny Town (1938)

Newly Discovered Iverson Ranch Western Titles

Older Posts (duplicates)

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies - Overview