Corman has returned a number of times to the Iverson Ranch since that first effort. He directed four Westerns early in his career, all released in 1955 and 1956 — with "Apache Woman" and "The Oklahoma Woman" also filmed on the ranch. Corman soon transitioned to the more campy fare that has remained his calling card, but even when he's not shooting Westerns, he finds interesting ways to use Iverson's rocky terrain.
"The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent" (1957)
Corman filmed extensively at Iverson for one of his earliest cult films, "The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent." That's the complete title, but it's also known by shorter variations, including "Viking Women and the Sea Serpent," "The Saga of the Viking" and "Undersea Monster."
Nyoka Cliff, can be seen in the background as the Viking women and their boyfriends do a little exploring. Also visible in the background is a glimpse of the western San Fernando Valley.
"The Fighting Seabees" (1944): John Wayne & Co. on the Nyoka Summit
John Wayne and his men took shelter in the same pit in "The Fighting Seabees."
"Viking Women and the Sea Serpent": The plateau above the Iverson Gorge
Here's an interesting shot from a location standpoint, because it shows Iverson's elusive Bulldog Bluff in context — a relatively rare occurrence in the movies. Bulldog Bluff was displaced years ago by a condo development, making it a challenge to pinpoint its location — and shots like this help a lot.
Movie location expert Jerry England — the "drifting cowboy" — has a good blog entry about Bulldog Bluff, which you can find by clicking here.
The Wall — a key rock feature of the Gorge during the filming era, and one that, sadly, was later destroyed to make way for condos.
Roger Corman's "Teenage Caveman" (1958): Upper Iverson
Corman was back at Iverson the following year, filming "Teenage Caveman" — another movie that has achieved cult status. In the scene above, the title "teenager" — future "Man From U.N.C.L.E." Robert Vaughn, who was about 24 at the time — appears on the Upper Iverson's South Rim along with Darah Marshall.
"Teenage Caveman" provides a rare look at the lovely Darah — misidentified as "Darrah" on promotional material for the movie — who followed up her "Teenage Caveman" role with an all-too-brief career in TV. The movie also offers something that appeals to the intellect: It plays out as a literal adaptation of Plato's Allegory of the Cave, one of the essentials of ancient literature.