Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas
Published 2008, Echo Press
ISBN: 978-0-615-21499-3 $23 + S&H
A photographic history of "B" Western movie location ranches in Chatsworth, California.
More than 350 photos of scenes lensed in the Santa Susana Mountains.
Witness Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, John Wayne, Allan Lane, Bill Elliott, Charles Starrett, the Lone Ranger, Buster Crabbe, Tim McCoy, Lash LaRue, and many other six-gun heroes as they ride the pony trails of the gone, but not forgotten Iverson Movie Location Ranch, Brandeis Movie Ranch, Bell Moving Picture Ranch, Corriganville Movie Ranch, Spahn Ranch, and Burro Flats.
View action scenes filmed at Chatsworth's reservoir, train depot, and railroad tunnels.
Then follow your favorite Hollywood cowboy through the western streets, outlaw shacks, stagecoach stops, and ranch houses you've seen in hundreds of "B" Westerns.
Rendezvous at Boulder Pass - Hollywood's Fantasyland
Published 2010, Echo Press
ISBN: 978-0-615-21522-8 *** Out of Print ***
All new expanded study of historical Chatsworth, California movie location Ranches -- A primer on the Iverson Movie Ranch, and other filming locations in the Western San Fernando Valley -- Photos of your favorite silver-screen and six-gun heroes in action
In Chatsworth's backyard, there remains a fantasyland that was forever made famous by Hollywood...
A place where Superman once captured the evil Luthor in his hidden Stoney Point cave, where Batman wrestled a criminal on top of a speeding locomotive, where Tarzan the Ape Man found an ancient elephant graveyard, and where John Wayne's fighting Seabees pushed a Japanese tank off the same cliff that Nyoka used to escape Vultura's killer ape.
The place is Boulder Pass. It was the jungles of India and Africa, the sands of the Sahara, the Khyber Pass between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the plains of Montana, and the High Sierras and the Rocky Mountains all rolled into one. It was the scene of stagecoach holdups, posses chasing outlaws on owlhoot (outlaw) trails, Indians attacking white settlers in remote cabins, flying rocket men, and unearthly spaceship landings. It was a land for make-believe. It could be anything a Hollywood director fancied.
Boulder Pass is a fictitious name borrowed from an old B-Western movie. The real place is the Santa Susana Pass in Chatsworth, California. For nearly three-quarters of a century, the Santa Susana Pass was home to the granddaddy of all movie location ranches--the Iverson Ranch.
Jerry England is a western movie historian and author who has researched and written about filming locations in the San Fernando Valley. Rendezvous at Boulder Pass is his second book about the area.
About Jerry England
When the San Fernando Valley attempted to secede from the City of Los Angeles in 2002, a reporter described Jerry England as a "renaissance man" and an "expert on all things Valley."
The Valley Secession Fever web log wrote that "his close association with the old pastoral Valley gives the media the drama they need because contradiction is dramatic; how the Valley would become the country's sixth-largest city yet its most influential citizen is a cowboy." From then on, Jerry's efforts as a cowboy activist seeking to protect horse-keeping and movie historian in the Valley have become legendary.
As a Western movie historian, he has researched and collected memorabilia associated with Santa Susana Mountain movie location ranches for the past two decades; and after making a guest appearance on a ReelzChannel Dailies program titled Hollywood Was Here - The Iverson Movie Ranch, he decided to share his research and knowledge by writing "Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas" and "Rendezvous at Boulder Pass -- Hollywood's Fantasyland"
Jerry is also a cowboy folk artist. His Old West-inspired furniture has won accolades from publications, such as Southwest Art, Sunset, The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and Home Magazine. He was featured on HGTV's Carol Duvall Show to demonstrate his technique.
Jerry is an avid horseman whose cowboy legacy and pioneer heritage can be back-trailed for over twelve generations across the forests and prairies of North America.
One Last Gallop across the Iverson Ranch
Famous films lensed in Chatsworth
The Plainsman (1936) by Cecil B DeMille
Stagecoach (1939) starring John Wayne
The Oklahoma Kid (1939) with Cagney and Bogart
They Died with Their Boots On (1941) starring Errol Flynn
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) starring Henry Fonda
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
Fort Apache (1948), Duel in the Sun (1946) and
How the West Was Won (1962) all filmed at nearby Corriganville
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) starring Johnny Weissmuller
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) starring Gary Cooper
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) starring Errol Flynn
Wee Willie Winkie (1937) starring Shirley Temple
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) starring Henry Fonda
The Fighting Seabees (1944) starring John Wayne
The Flying Deuces (1939) starring Laurel and Hardy
Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) starring Abbott and Costello
Fancy Pants (1950) starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball
Son of Paleface (1952) Bob Hope, Jane Russell and Roy Rogers
Pardners (1956) starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
Alias Jesse James (1959) starring Bob Hope and Rhonda Fleming
The Miracle Rider (1935) with Tom Mix (his last film). Followed by a herd of masked men in various Lone Ranger and Zorro titles. There were also comic book heroes like Captain Marvel, Superman, Dick Tracy and Batman and Robin. My favorite is The Perils of Nyoka (1942) -- Loosely based on the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs
The most famous actor President Ronald Reagan:
Code of the Secret Service (1939)
Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)
Tennessee's Partner (1955)
There were too many television titles to list, but dozens of shows... filmed hundreds of episodes on Chatsworth movie location ranches
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