Friday, December 9, 2011

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Crown Rock

Meanwhile back at the ranch is a continuing series about "rock stars" (landscape features) on the old Iverson Movie Location Ranch is Chatsworth, California.  For more information see:

What remains of Crown Rock is located on the north side of Sierra Pass Place (a private driveway) in the Cal-West Townhomes.  In the screenshot above from TheTrail of the Lonesome Pine (1936), starring Sylvia Sidney, Fred MacMurray and Henry Fonda, Crown Rock is at the top center behind the horses and wagon.  This screenshot shows the majority of the larger formation known as "The Wall," which was lost during the grading for the town homes.

Crown Rock looking west in as it appeared in 2009.  The ragged edge (on the left side above) was left by a bulldozer during construction, and the rest of the formation has been lost forever.

In the screenshot above from The Bold Caballero (1936), we get a glimpse of Potato Rock (far left, just south of Crown) in the portion of the wall that has been lost.

Here's another screenshot from The Trusted Outlaw (1937), Potato Rock is at the top right center of the frame, and further south (left) behind the lead rider is Three Ages Rock.  To summarize Three Ages is at the far south and still remains; Potato Rock in the middle of "The Wall" is missing; and Crown Rock at the north end of "The Wall" is still mostly intact.

Crown Rock far right in the still above is from a scene in Wee Willie Winkie (1937).

A close-up of Crown Rock in a screenshot from the 1950s TV show "Have Gun Will Travel."

Potato Rock (left of top center) and Crown Rock (behind horsemen) as seen in a still from the serial Custer's Last Stand (1936).

In the still above from The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles, Potato Rock is at the far left top of the still. Crown Rock is located on private property today.

Just a few of the movies that feature scenes with Crown Rock include:

Big Show, The (1936) starring Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
Bold Caballero, The (1936) starring Robert Livingston
Charge of the Light Brigade, The (1936) starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Patric Knowles
Gambling Terror, The (1937) starring Johnny Mack Brown
Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The (1935) starring Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone and Richard Cromwell
Old Corral, The (1936) starring Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
Old Wyoming Trail, The (1937) starring Charles Starrett
Roarin' Lead (1936) starring Robert Livingston, Ray “Crash” Corrigan and Max Terhune
Trail of the Lonesome Pine, The (1936) starring Henry Fonda and Fred MacMurray
Trusted Outlaw, The (1937) starring Bob Steele
Wee Willie Winkie (1937) starring Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen and C. Aubrey Smith

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