Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Nyoka Cliff

Nyoka Cliff, a part of the old Iverson Movie Location Ranch is located north of Santa Susana Pass Road and just east of Redmesa Road in Chatsworth, CA (photo 2009).

Beginning in the silent film era Nyoka Cliff has appeared as a background in hundreds of movies or television shows.  The name of "Nyoka" is attributed to a scene in the Republic serial The Perils of Nyoka (1942) in which star Kay Aldridge has a tug of war with a killer gorilla on the side of the cliff.

The cliff was often filmed across the Iverson gorge from a camera position in the Garden of the Gods. Above is a movie still for Three Ages (1923) starring Buster Keaton, Margaret Leahy and Wallace Beery.

When filmed from the north as you see above in a photo from Wee Willie Winkie (1937), a "V" shaped notch, tree and footbridge help clearly identify the cliff.

Nyoka Cliff is also often seen in the background during action scenes taking place on a stagecoach road that wound its way up through the Iverson gorge, as we see above in a still for Old Los Angeles (1948) starring Bill Elliott.

Above is another movie still photographed from the Garden of the Gods.  This one was promoting The Daltons' Women (1950) starring Lash LaRue and Al 'Fuzzy' St. John.

To learn more about my research, and the books I've written about the Iverson Movie Location Ranch, and other Chatsworth, California filming locations see http://www.cowboyup.com/

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