Sunday, January 22, 2012

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Hole in the wall

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:

All that remains of the shallow side canyon that ran east from the Iverson Gorge is the southern wall of that canyon--a background feature known as Hole in the Wall.  The recent photo above taken from within the Cal-West Townhomes shows the formation and the "hole" from which it gets its name.

There were several trails in and around the Hole in the Wall and the shallow canyon to its north.  In the screenshot (above) from California Mail (1936) (starring Dick Foran), a group of bad guys ride north out of the canyon with Hole in the Wall in the background.

The screenshot (above) from Bullet Code (1940) (starring George O'Brien) reveals a ledge with another trail part way up the canyon wall that forms Hole in the Wall.

Here's another screenshot (above) from an early Roy Rogers oater The Arizona Kid (1939).  A group of horsemen ride on the trail that comes out of the Iverson Gorge a little further west.

The screenshot above is from Dick Foran's Prairie Thunder (1937).  The wide shot is a good look at the shallow canyon below Hole in the Wall.

(above) A nice close-up shot of Dick Foran and his horse Smoke as seen in Trailin' West (1936).  For my money the Warner Brothers-produced Foran series are some of the best B-Westerns ever filmed on the Iverson Ranch.

This neat close-up of the Hole in the Wall (above) is from an unidentified episode of Stories of the Century TV show (1954).

If you go back and examine the first two photos in this blog post,  you'll see a vertical rock at the top of the Hole in the Wall formation (just look a little to the left of the hole).  The photo (above) was taken at the summit of Hole in the Wall (looking north).  That's the Ronald Reagan freeway in the background.

Here's what the hole looks like today.  This is also the backside looking north.

Here's a parting screenshot from California Mail (1936) showing a group of outlaws on the ledge half way up Hole in the Wall.

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