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

For an introduction to this blog and to the obsession a growing number of vintage film and TV fans have with the Iverson Movie Ranch — the most widely filmed outdoor location in movie and TV history — please read the site's introductory post, found here.
• 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).
• To find other rock features or look up movie titles, TV shows, actors and production people, see the "labels" section — the long alphabetical listing on the right side of the page, below
• To go right to the great Iverson cinematographers, click here.
• I've also begun a YouTube channel for Iverson Movie Ranch clips and other movie location videos, which you can get to by clicking here.
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

The great Iverson Movie Ranch cinematographers: William Nobles

born December 1892, South Dakota
died November 1968, Costa Mesa, Calif. (age 75)

William Nobles made his mark earlier than most of the top DPs of the Iverson era, both at Republic and pre-Republic. He was a mainstay at Mascot in the years leading up to its demise as it became absorbed into the startup of Republic Pictures, and then he became a key shooter during the early days of Republic, mainly from 1936-1941. 

He shot a number of Republic's early serials, including key Iverson productions Undersea Kingdom and Darkest Africa (both 1936), Zorro Rides Again (1937) and The Lone Ranger (1938). He also had a good run with Three Mesquiteers features at Iverson, including Roarin’ Lead (1936) and the landmark Overland Stage Raiders (1938). Then he continued his Iverson mastery in a string of Roy Rogers B-Westerns, with standouts including Frontier Pony Express (1939), Young Buffalo Bill (1940), In Old Cheyenne (1941) and Jesse James at Bay (1941).

Nobles did the camera work on 182 productions in all, stretching back well into the silent era and pretty much wrapping up by 1942. He would have been about 49 years old at that point, too old to go off to World War II. But he never got his career going again after that.

He apparently didn’t work in the industry for the last 25 years of his life. Nobles died in Costa Mesa, Calif., in 1968 at age 75.

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