If you're gonna be anywhere near Chatsworth, California on Sunday, April 12, 2015, be sure to visit our 12th annual Chatsworth Day of the Horse between 11 am and 3 pm at 10861 Andora Street, Chatsworth, CA.
I'll selling and signing my books...
Rendezvous at Boulder Pass: Hollywood's Fantasyland *** Out of Print *** About 10 copies left $39.95
published 2010, Echo Press
Photographs, movie stills, lobby cards, and screenshots capture the Iverson Ranch as it looks today and as it appeared during half a century of movie-making between 1912 and the late 1960s. There is some duplication from Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas printed in 2008, but the vast majority is new material never published before.
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 nearly three-quarters of a century, the Santa Susana Pass was home to the granddaddy of all movie location ranches--the Iverson Ranch.
Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas *** $23.00
published 2008, Echo Press
A photographic history of "B" Western movie location ranches in Chatsworth, California.
More than 350 photos of scenes lensed in the Santa Susana Mountains.
Come ride with author Jerry England as he takes you on a photographic tour of famous Chatsworth area movie ranches.
Witness Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, John Wayne, Allan Lane, Bill Elliott, Charles Starrett, the Lone Ranger, Buster Crabbe, Tim McCoy, Lash LaRue, and many other six-gun heroes as they ride the pony trails of the gone, but not forgotten Iverson Movie Location Ranch, Brandeis Movie Ranch, Bell Moving Picture Ranch, Corriganville Movie Ranch, Spahn Ranch, and Burro Flats.
View action scenes filmed at Chatsworth's reservoir, train depot, and railroad tunnels. Then follow your favorite Hollywood cowboy through the western streets, outlaw shacks, stagecoach stops, and ranch houses you've seen in hundreds of "B" Westerns.
I'll also have copies of "Chatsworth Movie Locations" DVD *** $15.00 ***
my original presentation given to the Chatsworth Historical Society in 2010.
Video content includes: A tour of the Iverson Location Ranch in a 3-Part Series which examines: • Garden of the Gods, • Indian Hills, and • Upper Ranch filming areas. Plus footage from other Chatsworth filming locations: Bell Motion Picture Ranch, Brandeis Movie Ranch, Burro Flats (now known as the Rocketdyne SSFL), Chatsworth Lake (aka Chatswoth Reservoir), Chatsworth Trains (depot, tunnels, tracks, etc), and the Double R Bar Ranch - (Roy Rogers & Dale Evans former home). And, clips showing some of the best comedy scenes filmed in Chatsworth.
I'll be sharing a booth so just look for my display (photo above).
Hope to see you there -- until then Happy Trails.
Jerry England is a western movie historian and author who has researched and written about filming locations in the San Fernando Valley. Rendezvous at Boulder Pass is his second book about the Chatsworth area.