Here's what the Iverson Movie Ranch obsession is all about ...

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• Here's a link to Garden of the Gods, the best-known section of the Iverson Movie Ranch (featured in the movie "Stagecoach," the "Lone Ranger" TV show and hundreds of other productions).
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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Classic Rocks: Jaws — get a load of the choppers on this thing — and GTR

"Jaws": One of the many weird rocks in the Land of Weird Rocks
that is the former Iverson Movie Ranch

Here's something to sink your teeth into: Jaws, also known as Laughing Boy (not seriously — that's just sort of a pet name I have for it), is a cool rock — and it's one that is seen all too rarely in the movies, at least up close.

"Beauty and the Bandit" (Monogram, 1946) 

Above is a rare medium shot of Jaws in a movie, in the Cisco Kid Western "Beauty and the Bandit." Jaws is almost always seen from long range, and is usually unrecognizable in those distant appearances.

I know it's a little hard to spot — here's another version of the shot with Jaws outlined, more or less.

Jaws, from the "T-Rex" angle

I have also referred to the rock as "T-Rex," a designation that's based on its appearance from the angle seen here. I know it doesn't even look like the same rock. But it is. You may or may not see the Tyrannosaurus rex resemblance, which may depend on whether you had a certain toy T-Rex in your dinosaur collection as a kid.

Jaws, on the left, and Jaunty Sailor, on the right, as they appear today

Jaws is a close neighbor of GTR, which, like Jaws, has at least two distinct personalities. GTR is also known as Jaunty Sailor when viewed from its back side, as in the above photo.

The heavily filmed movie rock GTR/Jaunty Sailor, as it appears in recent times

Here's a look at the two main personas of GTR/Jaunty Sailor: as seen from the front, as GTR, on the right; and from the back, as Jaunty Sailor, on the left.


The above shot shows what might be considered a traditional angle on the area known as Hole in the Wall, which includes the features GTR, Jaws and the actual Hole in the Wall — all visible in the background near the top of the shot, as seen from the Upper Gorge. I'll identify these features below.

Here's the same shot with some of the key features pointed out. The shot comes from Roger Corman's great 1957 Iverson showpiece with the full title "The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent." I can strongly recommend the movie if you want to see some terrific Iverson location shots — and it's a cool movie besides. Corman spent a lot of time at Iverson early in his career, honing his skills before going on to become one of the great cult movie directors and producers of all time.  

This post is part of a series on "Classic Rocks" — sandstone giants located on the former Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif., that became a part of not only America's physical landscape but also its cultural heritage, through featured roles in old movies, cliffhanger serials and early TV shows. Other entries in the series can be seen by clicking here.

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