Saturday, December 10, 2011

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Zorro's Cave

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

The rock formation called Zorro's Cave got its name from the 1957 Disney TV series "Zorro," starring Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon and Henry Calvin.  Zorro's Cave was used as the entrance to Zorro's secret hideout. 

The cave is located on private property in the Cal-West Townhomes (at the end of Sierra Pass Place--a private driveway).  A few months after I took this photo in 2009, the owner of the property installed iron bars to keep trespassers from accessing his property.  I surely don't blame him because intruders were lighting fires and leaving trash everywhere.

The cave is actually an "L" shaped archway with a rear entrance as seen above.  It wasn't one of the most filmed features on the Iverson Movie Location Ranch, but it certainly is interesting.

Above is a promotional still for California (1963), starring Jock Mahoney, Faith Domergue and Michael Pate.

Other movies and serials it shows up in include:

Batman (1943) starring Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, and J. Carrol Naish
King Of The Rocket Men (1949) starring Tristram Coffin, Mae Clarke, and Don Haggerty
Perils of Nyoka, The (1942) starring Kay Aldridge, Clayton Moore, and Lorna Gray 
Under Arizona Skies (1946) starring Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton 

A similar cave as seen in Belle Starr (1941) starring Randolph Scott, Gene Tierney, and Dana Andrews, is not Zorro's Cave, but a second smaller archway located further west in the Iverson Gorge.

Thanks to the fan who pointed this one out to me.

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