Gale Storm in "Stampede" (1949)
Here's Gale emerging from under that rock, keeping her icy stare fixed on her prey. The rock, which can be seen behind her, turns out to be one that is well-known to movie historians. It was located — and still is, for that matter — on what was then the Upper Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif. The rock is widely known as Round Rock.
Round Rock in recent years
The name "Round Rock" is a little misleading, as Round Rock is actually kind of a flat rock. As you can see in the above shot from a recent visit to Iverson, it leans up against another rock, forming an arch — not a big arch, mind you, but big enough for Gale Storm to hide in.
See — she fits inside Round Rock. Pretty easily, in fact.
"The Fugitive" (1967)
Round Rock had a featured role in one of the last episodes of the TV show "The Fugitive." The episode, called "The Shattered Silence," first aired April 11, 1967, near the end of the show's four-season run on ABC. Here's David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble — on the run, as usual, and also wounded — staggering around in front of Round Rock, figuring out that he needs a place to stash his blood-soaked jacket.
The "Fugitive" shot focuses on the western entrance to the arch — the opposite end from the shots seen in "Stampede." This contemporary shot also shows the west side of the rock, including that waist-high jagged edge.
Gale Storm and Don Castle find love in "Stampede"
Back to "Stampede" ... funny thing about the old "cute girl hides under a rock with a rifle" trick: This is one time when it didn't work, as Rod Cameron's character decided he wasn't interested and his brother, played by Don Castle, made his move.
Gale Storm went on to star in a couple of TV sitcoms in the 1950s — "My Little Margie" and "The Gale Storm Show." She was also a singer and chalked up a few hits, including covers of "I Hear You Knockin'," "Memories Are Made of This" and "Dark Moon." Storm died just a few years ago, in 2009, at age 87.
Below are some links to "Stampede" and "The Fugitive" on Amazon.