Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Lash's archway (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: http://a-drifting-cowboy.blogspot.com/2011/10/iverson-movie-location-ranch-chatsworth.html

Movie historians have dubbed the above formation as Lash's Archway because it seemed to be a favorite filming feature for Lash LaRue and Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC).  It can be seen in PRC's Dead Man's Gold (1948), King of the Bullwhip (1950) and others.  The archway is located on the east side of the recreation complex in the Indian Hills Mobile Home Village on Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Chatsworth.

Lash LaRue and Black Diamond (his horse) pose in this publicity still (above) for King of the Bullwhip (1950).

In this screenshot (above) from Dead Man's Gold (1948) we see Lash riding from west to east through the archway.

In Columbia's serial White Eagle (1941) (starring Buck Jones) the bad guys used the archway for the entry to their hideout.  Access to it was cleverly disguised and hidden behind a brush covered gate.

In the screenshot above from Johnny Mack Brown's film The Texas Kid (1943) we see bad guys entering the archway from the east side.

Lash's Archway can be seen in the following movies:

Dead Man's Gold (1948) - Lash LaRue with Al St. John (Iverson Ranch) Lippert
Fighting Frontier (1943) - Tim Holt (Iverson Ranch) RKO
King of the Bullwhip (1950) - Lash LaRue with Al St. John (Iverson Ranch) Western Adventures
Pioneers of the Frontier (1940) - Bill Elliott with Dub Taylor (Iverson Ranch)  Columbia
The Texas Kid (1943) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram
White Eagle (1941) - Buck Jones (Iverson) Columbia [serial]

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