Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Rocky Peak

Rocky Peak (photo above) with its summit at 2714 feet is the third tallest peak in the Santa Susana Mountain Range.  The Santa Susana range skirts the northern edges of both the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley.  

Rocky Peak was visible from most filming locations on the Iverson and Brandeis Movie Ranches when the camera was facing West, and was an easy way to verify their location in films lensed there.

Over the decades Chatsworth's Rocky Peak has been seen in so many movies it has become an icon for the Old West.  

In the 2014 photo above horseback riders including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Mitchell Englander, and equestrian leaders Mary Kaufman and Charlotte Brodie have been captured by photographer Sandee Andrews with the famous peak in the background giving the photo an illusion of being from the Old West.

As you will see in the following collection of movie stills Rocky Peak has a very different appearance than Oat Mountain to it's East.  Rocky Peak is actually an anchor point where the much rockier Simi Hills join the Santa Susana Range.

Ranger Courage (1937) starring Robert Allen, Martha Tibbetts, Walter Miller (Brandeis Ranch) Columbia

Calling Wild Bill Elliott (1943) starring Bill Elliott, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Anne Jeffreys (Iverson Ranch)(Burro Flats)(Corriganville) Republic

The Man from Rainbow Valley (1946) starring Monte Hale, Lorna Gray, Jo Ann Marlowe (Chatsworth Reservoir)(Iverson Ranch) Republic

Robin Hood of Texas (1947) starring Gene Autry, Champion Jr., Lynne Roberts, Sterling Holloway (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Mark of the Lash (1948) starring Lash La Rue, Al St. John, Suzi Crandall (Iverson) Western Adventures

The Westward Trail (1948) starring Eddie Dean, Copper the Horse, Roscoe Ates (Iverson Ranch) PRC

Calamity Jane and the Texan (1950) starring Evelyn Ankers, Lee White, James Ellison (Iverson) Columbia

Gunmen of Abilene (1950) starring Allan Lane, Black Jack, Eddy Waller (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Stage to Tucson (1950) starring Rod Cameron, Wayne Morris, Kay Buckley (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

Thundering Caravans (1952) starring Allan Lane, Black Jack, Eddy Waller (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Texas Bad Man (1953) starring Wayne Morris, Frank Ferguson, Elaine Riley (Corriganville) Allied Artists

Davy Crockett - King of the Wild Frontier (1955) starring Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Basil Ruysdael (Iverson Ranch) Buena Vista

Five Guns West (1955) starring John Lund, Dorothy Malone, Mike Connors (Iverson Ranch) American Releasing

"Gunsmoke" (1955) TV Series - starring James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon (616 episodes, 1955-1975)

Tall Man Riding (1955) starring Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone, Peggie Castle (Corriganville)(Iverson Ranch) Warner Bros.

The Lone Ranger (1956) starring Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, Lyle Bettger, Bonita Granville (Iverson Ranch) Warner Bros.

White Squaw (1956) starring David Brian, May Wynn, William Bishop, Nancy Hale (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

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