Friday, February 10, 2012

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

Meanwhile back at the ranch is a continuing series about "rock stars" (landscape features) on the old Iverson Movie Location Ranch in Chatsworth, California.  For more information see:

Another often filmed landscape feature in Indian Hills (todays Indian Hills Mobile Home Village--private property) was Hook Rock (above top-left).  

The east side of Hook Rock (photo above) can be seen from the upper deck of the pool area at the south end of the recreation complex.  It's a little hard to spot today because it's partially hidden behind a tree.

And, the west side is partially hidden behind a mobile home (below).  You need to find the correct line of sight or you'll miss it.

The best way to find Hook Rock is to locate Split Rock (above top-left) at the south end of the pool area, then look to the west (your right when facing Split Rock from the pool).  The movie still above is from The Phantom Rider (1946) [a movie serial].

Here's another look at Hook Rock's east side from a slightly different angle as seen in the still (above) from Grandpa Goes to Town (1940).

Here's a close-up look (above) at Hook Rock and its relationship to Cave Rocks in a movie still from Riding with Buffalo Bill (1954).

Here's a look at the west side of Hook Rock (look above the porch roof) as seen in Johnny Mack Brown's Pony Post (1940). 

In the screenshot (above) from Wee Willie Winkie (1937) you can see the opening for a trail that passed between Hook Rock and Split Rock.

Here's a really informative screenshot from Ben Johnson's Wild Stallion (1952).  The rock at the top left-center of the photo (at the end of the corral fence) is the west side of Hook Rock (hook not visible).  To the right of Hook Rock (in what appears to be the middle of the trail) is a vertical rock that is actually the top of Lash's Archway (in today's world it's on the east side of the pool area).

In the publicity still for the "Roy Rogers TV Show" (above) you can see the west side of Hook Rock at the end of the corral photographed from a slightly different angle.  The hook is just becoming visible in this photo.

Hook Rock as seen in John Wayne's Stagecoach (1939) as the stage approaches the Dryfork Station--not to be confused with the famous scene of the stage with "Garden of the Gods" in the background which is at the Apache Wells Station. See

Finally here's a close up of the west side of Hook Rock as seen in Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939)

Hook Rock in film:

Batman (1943) starring Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft and J. Carrol Naish - Columbia [serial]
Grandpa Goes to Town (1940) starring James Gleason, Lucile Gleason, Russell Gleason (Iverson) Republic
Haunted Harbor (1944) starring Kane Richmond, Kay Aldridge and Roy Barcroft (Iverson) Republic [serial]
In Old Caliente (1939) starring Roy Rogers and George “Gabby” Hayes - Republic
Law of the Ranger (1937) - Bob Allen (Brandeis Ranch)(Iverson Ranch) Columbia
The Perils of Nyoka  (1942) starring Kay Aldridge, Clayton Moore and Lorna Gray (Iverson) Republic [serial]
The Phantom Rider (1946) starring Robert Kent (Iverson) Republic [serial]
Pony Post (1940) starring Johnny Mack Brown/Fuzzy Knight (Iverson Ranch) Universal
The Return of Wild Bill (1940) starring Bill Elliott (Iverson Ranch)(Corriganville) Columbia
Rhythm of the Saddle (1938) starring Gene Autry (Iverson Ranch)(Corriganville) Columbia
Riding with Buffalo Bill (1954) starring Marshall Reed (Iverson Ranch)Columbia [serial]
Rough Riders' Round-up (1939) starring Roy Rogers - Republic
Stagecoach (1939) starring John Wayne (Iverson Ranch) United Artists
Stagecoach Express (1942) starring Don “Red” Barry (Iverson Ranch) Republic
They Died with Their Boots On (1941) starring Errol Flynn (Iverson Ranch) Warner Bros.
Trail of Kit Carson (1945) starring Allan Lane (Iverson Ranch) Republic
Wee Willie Winkie (1937) - Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen and C. Aubrey Smith (Iverson) 20th Century Fox
Wild Stallion (1952) starring Ben Johnson - Monogram
Zorro Rides Again (1937) starring James Vega (Iverson Ranch) Republic [serial]
Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939) starring Reed Hadley (Iverson Ranch)(Burro Flats) Republic [serial]

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