Saturday, January 5, 2013
Pear Rock, an ugly fake mine ... and two Grove Cabins
One of the so-called "permanent" buildings on the old Iverson Movie Ranch was a small cabin located in the Eucalyptus Grove, usually called simply Grove Cabin. It's alternately known as Pear Rock Cabin, after a large rock that stood next to the cabin. The above shot from the Roy Rogers movie "Bells of Rosarita" offers a good look at the Grove Cabin in 1945 — along with a pretty spectacular old coupe. Note that the rock behind the cabin is NOT Pear Rock — Pear Rock is out of the picture, off to the left.
Here's a good look at Pear Rock from the same "Bells of Rosarita" sequence, with Roy and the boys sneaking up on the cabin.
Pear Rock is still around — here's what it looks like today. The angle isn't exactly the same, but if you're into that sort of thing, you may be able to spot some of the same markings in the above two photos.
Another shot from the "Bells of Rosarita" sequence shows Pear Rock on the left and Grove Cabin on the right, with a blurry Gabby Hayes in the middle. Note the muffin-shaped rock behind the cabin, which will come up again later in this blog entry.
For a while Grove Cabin had a really ugly fake mine next to it — seen above in the 1947 Charles Starrett movie "Law of the Canyon." This fake mine was unusual because the light-colored fake rock material was combined with an actual rock — the darker angular part to the right of the mine entrance — giving the construction a two-tone effect.
Another shot from "Law of the Canyon," this one is included to show the proximity of the fake mine, on the right, to Grove Cabin, on the left.
Here's another look at the two Grove Cabins, this time in 1957, from the "Gunsmoke" episode "Claustrophobia," which premiered Jan. 25, 1958. This shot also offers a better look at some of the Grove's trademark eucalyptus trees, and that tall muffin-shaped boulder can again be seen in the background. The photo is a little dark but it's more clear than most of the others, so you may want to click on the picture to enlarge it for a better look at the cabins.