Gold Raiders" was also shot at Iverson, and is the focus of part two of my series. Part III wraps up this round of Stooges posts with an entry on the 1962 feature "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules," in which the Stooges turn the Iverson Movie Ranch into ancient Greece.
click here. If you'd like to really zero in on this rock, including what it looks like today, check out this blog entry. The above shot looks toward the west, and shows the Rocky Peak area of the Santa Susana Mountains in the background. The shot also offers a glimpse of Rock Island, the smooth rocks in the bottom third of the photo, near the center — just to the right of the boot of the Stooge on the ladder.
click here to see some additional blog posts on Rock Island.
Church Rock in the background, just above the spider's abdomen, if I'm remembering my bug anatomy correctly. Church Rock remains in place today, as do most of the Grove area rocks seen in the first spider shot, along with a significant clump of eucalyptus trees. But it's all on private property and hard to access. By the way, this giant tarantula shoots out fire, which you can see in the video clip at the bottom of this post.
The Iverson Western street, as seen in "Calamity Jane and the Texan" (1950)
From 1945 to 1957 this same area was the site of Iverson's widely filmed Western town, sometimes called Iverson Village or El Paso Street. Here it's seen in its glory days in a shot from "Calamity Jane and the Texan" focused mainly on the General Store. When the town was in place, Pond Rock was a part of the town, located right next to the General Store. So the Stooges scene at Iverson Pond would not have been possible two years earlier.
Iverson Pond and Pond Rock would surface again in "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules," filmed three years after "Have Rocket, Will Travel." I'll get into that more in the upcoming post on that movie.
Hangdog at the right (in front of Larry) and Sticky Bun at the top (between Moe and Curly Joe).
Here's an unusual clip in which director John Landis — who has nothing to do with this movie, as far as I can tell — provides a commentary on the trailer for "Have Rocket, Will Travel." Landis is known for directing "Animal House," "American Werewolf in London," "The Blues Brothers," "Beverly Hills Cop III" and a number of other popular movies. His commentary on the Stooges trailer is suspect at times — I find it hard to believe his explanation of how the spider shoots fire, for one thing — and at other times is flat-out wrong. He erroneously declares that the unicorn sequence is filmed in Agoura, Calif., for example, when it is unmistakably shot at Iverson, in Chatsworth. But at least he finds it worth mentioning locations, and his misinformation is a reminder of how misunderstood Iverson's legacy is and why it's important for those of us who care to keep trying to set the record straight. Anyway, the trailer and the commentary are worth a couple of minutes.
Again, you can find Part II of this series, on the Three Stooges movie "Gold Raiders," by clicking here, and Part III, on "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules," by clicking here. And if you want to track down the movie, please try the Amazon links below. Enjoy!