Monday, April 30, 2012

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies - Overview

Some fascinating Iverson Ranch "rock stars" still exist for you to explore (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 are celebrating 100 years since D.W. Griffith cranked the first motion picture camera while shooting a short film titled Man's Genesis (1912).  

I am paying homage to Chatsworth Movies by sharing film titles and memorabilia discovered during my research:

The beginning (1912 - 1922)

Sound arrives (1923 - 1929)

1930s Classic Movies

Westerns (1930 - 1936)

Westerns (1937 - 1939)

1930s Cliffhangers (Serials)

1940s Classic Movies

1940s Cliffhangers (Serials)

Westerns 1940

Westerns 1941

Westerns 1942

Westerns 1943

Westerns 1944

Westerns 1945

Westerns 1946

Westerns 1947

Westerns 1948

Westerns 1949

Westerns 1950

Westerns 1951

Westerns 1952

Westerns 1953

1950s Cliffhangers (Serials)

Westerns 1954

Westerns 1955
While you're here be sure to check out my tributes to various six-gun heroes in my "Reel Cowboys" posts.

And,  learn about some of the rock stars on "Meanwhile back at the ranch" posts

Stay tuned… there's lots more coming in ht future.

For more information about my books and Chatsworth location ranches visit http://www.cowboyup.com/

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