"Along Came Jones" (1945): The Livery Stable
The Livery Stable announced the arrival of Iverson's Western street with this appearance in 1945 introducing the newly minted set as the town of "Payneville," and the stable itself as Payneville Hay & Grain, in the Gary Cooper movie "Along Came Jones."
Gary Cooper and William Demarest ride into Iverson Village in "Along Came Jones"
The film luxuriates in its slow-paced introduction to the town set, allowing the hero and sidekick — and along with them, the viewer — to soak in the ambiance of the place. It adds up to a fittingly reverent first look at a town that would go on to be seen hundreds of times in movies and early TV shows.
click here to see better photos of the Pirate Ship — a large and imposing rock feature located east of the Iverson town set and often visible in the background in shots of the town. For a recent post about the Livery Rocks — and more about the Pirate Ship — please click here.
"My Three Sons"
TV fans who go back far enough will remember William Demarest as Uncle Charley on "My Three Sons."
Gary Cooper in "Along Came Jones"
Cooper was responsible for the construction of the Western street in 1945, having it built for the only movie on which the two-time Oscar-winning actor had a producer's credit, "Along Came Jones." In this shot from the movie, the star and producer appears to be sizing up the end result of his labor of love. Behind him are the Livery Stable, on the right, and a smaller building on the left that would undergo extensive remodeling soon after appearing as a "ladies' and gentlemen's furnishings" shop in Cooper's movie.
"The Millerson Case" (1947)
Situated in a strategically important position at the south end of town, the Livery Stable went on to a long and productive career in movies and television. In this shot from the Crime Doctor movie "The Millerson Case," a catfight takes place right in the middle of the street, with the Livery Stable as its backdrop.
"The Millerson Case"
The same movie also features this unusual view of the town set, with the southern face of the Livery Stable holding down the right half of the shot.
"Check Your Guns" (1948)
Another unusual view of the Livery Stable, from the Eddie Dean B-Western "Check Your Guns," shows the full expanse of the building as it appeared from the west.
"Gold Raiders" (1951)
For the Three Stooges movie "Gold Raiders," a sign was placed on the building identifying it as the "Harry Temple Livery." I believe this may have been meant as a humorous allusion to Moe's trademark haircut.
"Arrow in the Dust" (1954)
I haven't run across nearly as many good shots of the Livery Stable in color as I have in black-and-white, but here's a pretty good one, from the Sterling Hayden Western "Arrow in the Dust."
"Sky King" TV show (1955)
Aerial footage of the Western street from the TV series "Sky King" shows the location of the Livery Stable at the south end of town — the opposite end of the street from Casa Grande, the subject of the previous entry in this series.
"Whirlybirds" TV show (1957)
Two years after the "Sky King" footage, a bird's-eye view from the TV series "Whirlybirds" captures the corral area behind the Livery Stable, with a little bit of the building visible in the top right corner. This shot was taken around the time the Western town was beginning to be dismantled.
"Man in the Saddle" (1951)
Drama plays out around the southern steps of the Livery Stable in the Randolph Scott Western "Man in the Saddle" from Columbia. The photo features Cooper Rock, in the middle of the shot, along with a view of Iverson's Eucalyptus Grove in the background. Cooper Rock is named after the man who built the town, Gary Cooper.
"Sky King" (1957): The Western street partially dismantled
By late 1957 the town was beginning to be torn down, with Casa Grande no longer in place at the north end of the street and other buildings in various stages of demolition. The above shot from the "Sky King" episode "Dead Man's Will" shows the Western street as a ghost town, a frequent role in the town's later years.
"The Iverson Movie Ranch Western street, one building at a time" is a continuing series covering the movie and TV history and unique attributes of each of the major structures making up Iverson's town set, which stood from 1945 to 1957 and appeared in hundreds of productions.
Casa Grande, please click here.