Sunday, January 15, 2012

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Saddlehorn Rock

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:

Saddlehorn Rock is located on a walking path that runs parallel to Horizon Place (a private driveway) in the Cal-West Townhomes development (private property).  The townhomes are just north of the Garden of the Gods park which can be found on both sides of Redmesa Road immediately north of Santa Susana Pass Road in Chatsworth, California.

The formation takes its name from a scene in the movie serial Adventures of Frank and Jesse James (1948) (starring Clayton Moore and Steve Darrell).  In the scene Clayton Moore and Steve Darrell (the James brothers) are are trying to locate a trail they've been told about, and have been directed to a rock that looks like a saddlehorn.

Saddlehorn Rock shows up in scenes of B-Westerns like The Fighting Buckaroo (1943) starring Charles Starrett (above).

Above is another screenshot with Saddlehorn Rock from Stagecoach Express (1942) starring Don “Red” Barry.

This screenshot from The Miracle Rider (1935) shows Tom Mix and Joan Gale riding on a chase road with Saddlehorn Rock in the background (center above).

In this screenshot from Guns in the Dark (1937) we see Johnny Mack Brown and his sidekick hiding from bad guys in front of Saddlehorn Rock (above).

Here's another screenshot from Bob Steele's The Trusted Outlaw (1937) showng two bad guys galloping on a chase road with Saddlehorn Rock in the background (above center).

Here's Kirk Alyn (Superman) at the formation in a publicity still for Atom Man vs. Superman (1950) starring Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill and Lyle Talbot  (above).

Finally, here's a good looking group posing at the saddlehorn :-)  (left to right) grandsons Ian, Ryan, Kevin, yours truly, and my son Mike.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome, that rock really looks like a saddle. But I guess its been enhanced already. Looking on the new and old pics, it seems that the sculptures look perfect already.