Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Lookout Point

My 2009 photo (above) taken from Lookout Point on the upper Iverson gives you a rough look at the view across the valley to the west.  The valley with its braided chase roads and insert road was one of the most active filming locations on the Iverson Ranch.  Luxury homes (blocked out for privacy concerns) now dominate the view that was a rather dramatic vista in the bygone filming days.  

As you can see in the photo above Lookout Point actually sits above Totem Pole Rocks and Indian Head Rock.  Dennis Liff, my friend and fellow film historian, refers to the formation that contains Lookout Point and the upper ranch cliff as the "turkey track," all in all it's not a bad way to identify the area.  Check out his blog titled Electric Dylan Lad at Iverson Movie Ranch

Because of the high up vantage Lookout Point it was an ideal spot from a good ol' Western ambush as you see above in a screen capture from Badman's Country (1958) (starring George Montgomery).

A photographer for Son of Zorro (1947) (starring George Turner, Peggy Stewart and Roy Barcroft) chose Lookout Point to shoot his publicity still because of the dramatic vista beyond the mounted henchmen in the photo above.

In the still above from a scene in Whip Wilson's Riders of the Dusk (1949) you get a good look at the valley to the south.

In the still (above) from a scene in Vanishing Outpost (1951)(starring Lash LaRue and Al St. John) we get a look at the valley a little more to the west.

Much the same as Nyoka's summit film makers often selected Lookout Point as a site for fight scenes as you see in the screenshot above from Little Big Horn (1951) starring Lloyd Bridges and John Ireland

'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 about the Iverson Movie Ranch see:

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