Thursday, March 15, 2012

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- 1940s Classic Movies

For more information about the Chatsworth filming locations visit and learn about my books: Rendezvous at Boulder Pass: Hollywood's Fantasyland © 2010 (ISBN: 978-0-615-21522-8) and Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas © 2008 (ISBN: 978-0-615-21499-3)

Hollywood displayed no shortage of patriotism during the years of World War II.  Jungle movies still attracted big audiences and crime movies gained in popularity. 

Chatsworth's classic 1940s movies include:

Girl from Havana (1940) starring Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Carleton and Victor Jory (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Grandpa Goes to Town (1940) (photo above) starring James Gleason, Lucile Gleason and Russell Gleason (Iverson Ranch) Republic

The Grapes of Wrath (1940) (photo above) starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine (Iverson Ranch) 20th Century Fox

One Million B.C. (1940) (photo above) starring Victor Mature, Carole Landis and Lon Chaney Jr. (Iverson Ranch) Hal Roach Studios
One Night in the Tropics (1940) starring Allan Jones, Nancy Kelly, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (Iverson Ranch) Universal
Emergency Landing (1941) aka "Robot Pilot" starring Forrest Tucker, Carol Hughes and Evelyn Brent (Iverson Ranch) PRC

Tarzan’s Secret Treasure (1941) (lobby card above) starring Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan and Johnny Sheffield (Iverson Ranch) MGM

Junior Army (1942) (photo above) starring Freddie Bartholomew, Billy Halop and Huntz Hall (Iverson Ranch) Columbia
Chatterbox (1943) starring Joe E. Brown, Judy Canova and Rosemary Lane (Iverson Ranch) Republic

China (1943) (photo above) starring Loretta Young, Alan Ladd and William Bendix (Iverson Ranch) Paramount
Lassie Come Home (1943) starring Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp and Dame May - MGM
Road To Bali (1952) starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour - Paramount
Sahara (1943) starring Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish - Columbia
The Big Noise (1944) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy - 20th Century Fox
The Black Parachute (1944) starring John Carradine, Osa Massen, Larry Parks - Columbia

The Fighting Seabees (1944) (photo above) starring John Wayne, Susan Hayward and Dennis O'Keefe (Iverson Ranch) Republic -- one of the best ever filmed on the Iverson ranch.
China’s Little Devils (1945) starring Harry Carey, Paul Kelly and Ducky' Louie (Iverson Ranch) Monogram
God Is My Co-Pilot (1945) starring Dennis Morgan, Raymond Massey and Dane Clark (Iverson Ranch) Warner Bros.

A Thousand And One Nights (1945) (photo above) starring Evelyn Keyes, Phil Silvers and Adele Jergens - Columbia
Flight To Nowhere (1946) starring Alan Curtis, Evelyn Ankers and Micheline Cheirel  (Iverson Ranch) Golden Gate
The Undercover Woman (1946) starring Stephanie Bachelor, Robert Livingston and Isabel Withers - Republic
Vacation in Reno (1946) starring Jack Haley, Anne Jeffreys and Wally Brown (Chatsworth) RKO
Big Town (1947) starring Phillip Reed, Hillary Brooke and Robert Lowery - Paramount
The Millerson Case (1947)(part of the Crime Doctor series) starring Warner Baxter, Nancy Saunders and Clem Bevans (Iverson Ranch) Larry Darmour Prod
Slave Girl (1947) - Yvonne De Carlo, George Brent, Broderick Crawford - Universal

Mexican Hayride (1948) (lobby card above) starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (Iverson Ranch) Universal

The Big Steal (1949) (photo above) starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer (Iverson Ranch) RKO
My Dream Is Yours (1949) starring Jack Carson, Doris Day and Lee Bowman - Warner Bros.

The movie still above from State Department File 649 (1949) (starring William Lundigan, Virginia Bruce and Jonathan Hale (Iverson Ranch) Neufeld Prod.) shows a well disguised Iverson Western street.

The screenshot above from White Heat (1949) (starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Edmond O'Brien (Chatsworth Railroad) Warner Bros.) was filmed as the train passed under Chatsworth's tunnel 28.

Disclaimer: This list of movie titles and credits has been compiled from many sources.  It has not been independently verified.  Titles with location credits in parentheses are either movies I own or come from a source I feel has a higher level of creditability.

No comments:

Post a Comment