Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rendezvous at Boulder Pass -- Superhero cliffhangers

'Rendezvous at Boulder Pass' is a continuing series about "movie genres and character roles" performed on the old Iverson Movie Location Ranch in Chatsworth, California.  For more information about the Iverson Movie Ranch see:  Or see to find my books about Chatsworth movie locations: Rendezvous at Boulder Pass: Hollywood's Fantasyland - 2010 (ISBN: 978-0-615-21522-8) and Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas - 2008 (ISBN: 978-0-615-21499-3) by Jerry England, and published by Echo Press

Tom Tyler (right above) playing the role of Captain Marvel

Movie serials (or chapter plays) were popular from the late 1930s though the 1950s.  Republic was the most prolific serial producer to film outdoor scenes on the Iverson Movie Ranch, but Columbia wasn't far behind.  

Serials generally included adventure genre (especially jungle stories like The Perils of Nyoka (1942); Western genre (like The Miracle Rider (1935), starring Tom Mix); crime genre (like The Crimson Ghost (1946) starring Charles Quigley, Linda Stirling and Clayton Moore), and science fiction genre which often featured comic book superheroes.

In fact, the first movie appearance of both Superman and Batman were Republic serials with outdoor scenes lensed on the Iverson Movie Ranch.  Incidentally 'Boulder Pass' is my name for the Santa Susana Pass in Chatsworth.

Science fiction and superhero serials filmed in Chatsworth:

Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) - Tom Tyler and Frank Coghlan Jr. (photo above) Republic
Atom Man vs. Superman (1950) starring Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, and Lyle Talbot - Columbia

Batman (1943) - Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft and J. Carrol Naish - Columbia

Batman and Robin (1949) starring Robert Lowery, Johnny Duncan and Jane Adams (photo above) Columbia

Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere (1951) starring Judd Holdren, Larry Stewart and George Eldredge (photo above) Columbia

Flying Disc Man from Mars (1950) starring Walter Reed, Lois Collier and Gregory Gaye (photo above) Republic

King Of The Rocket Men (1949) starring Tristram Coffin, Mae Clarke and Don Haggerty (photo above) Republic
The Phantom Empire (1935) starring Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette (Iverson Ranch) Mascot

The Purple Monster Strikes (1945) starring Dennis Moore, Linda Stirling and Roy Barcroft (photo above) Republic

Radar Men From The Moon (1952) starring George Wallace, Aline Towne and Roy Barcroft (photo above) Republic

Superman (1948) starring Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill and Tommy Bond (Iverson & Chatsworth) (photo above) Columbia

Undersea Kingdom (1936) starring Ray Corrigan, Lois Wilde and Monte Blue (photo above) Republic

Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952) starring Judd Holdren, Aline Towne and Wilson Wood  (Iverson Ranch) Republic

1 comment:

  1. Captain Video was a great serial in it's day. I didn't miss an episode. There were no women in it which pleased most boys.