A recent post by film researcher Jerry England on his blog included a promo still released in connection with the 1946 movie "The Harvey Girls," starring Judy Garland. It reminded me that there's an interesting story about Judy's main Iverson scene from the movie, and a particular rock at Iverson.
camera mount area of Garden of the Gods — an area also known as Overlook Point that overlooks Chatsworth and the northwest corner of the San Fernando Valley, as seen above. You can see that this portion of the Valley was mostly farmland in 1946, although of course it's much more developed now. Overlook Point, which is in a portion of the former Iverson Movie Ranch that has been preserved as Garden of the Gods Park, also overlooks the Iverson Gorge and provides great views of Nyoka Cliff and other rocks that were featured in hundreds of movies.
The scene from "The Harvey Girls" that's depicted in the promo still has Judy and John singing "My Intuition," by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren, as they fall in love in Garden of the Gods. (That's the video above.) The scene was deleted from the movie — probably a good call, as the song, which is pretty sappy by today's standards, was thought to slow down the movie, even in 1946. But the scene was included as an extra in the DVD release — and thank goodness, because even though the song might be lame, the rocks are cool. They're all rocks that can still be seen today on a visit to Iverson. Check out the view of Stoney Point on the right and Nyoka Cliff on the left at the 2:42 mark (if you can put up with the song that long).
Lone Ranger Rock is also in the shot, just above the horse's hindquarters, although it's not very distinctive at this distance. It's just to the right of a larger rock seen near the left edge of the photo. Click here for a detailed post about "Tennessee's Partner," including the exact location where Ronald Reagan's character was shot dead.