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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Some must-have DVDs if you feel like getting serious about the Iverson Movie Ranch

This is a shameless plug because I think if anyone clicks through here to Amazon and then buys whatever they clicked on from Amazon, Amazon might send me a few pennies. Did I say the word "Amazon" enough in that last sentence? Anyway, that's how it works in theory. But it is true that you can get some terrific Iverson DVDs and Blu-rays at Amazon.com. I've bought my share there, and the prices are generally pretty good.

Here are a few select Iverson movies you can find there — and these are all movies I can wholeheartedly recommend as including great Iverson material. These four also happen to be good movies in their own right:


Stagecoach (1939), starring John Wayne, directed by John Ford. The great American Western. Can't go wrong with the Criterion version. You'll love the way Ford splices together distant locations, including interweaving Utah's Monument Valley, Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif., and Beale's Cut in Newhall, Calif. I did a detailed post examining the Iverson locations in Stagecoach, which you can see here.

Wee Willie Winkie (1937), starring Shirley Temple and Victor McLaglen. Often cited as the largest production ever filmed at the Iverson Movie Ranch. Director John Ford (there's that name again) had a number of sets built at Iverson for this movie. For anyone who's interested in the history of the movie structures at Iverson, including where the buildings were situated in relation to the rocks, Wee Willie Winkie is a vital reference point.

Along Came Jones (1945), starring and produced by Gary Cooper (his only producing credit). Cooper built Iverson's Western town for this movie, and it went on to be featured in countless film and TV productions. The town, sometimes called El Paso Street (although I usually call it Iverson Village), is showcased prominently here.


Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. The movie mixes Iverson and Lone Pine, and while it doesn't have as much Iverson as I would prefer, it does have a few "money shots," and it's focused on the Iverson Gorge, one of the movie ranch's most intriguing areas. Here you will find a blend of surviving rocks and rocks that have been destroyed — The Wall (gone), Potato Rock (gone), Crown Rock (half gone, half still in place), Devil's Doorway (still in place), the D-Train (partially destroyed), Overhang Rock (gone) and others.

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