"Have Gun Will Travel" (1959)
One of the more intriguing rocks to be found in the Iverson Gorge during the filming days was a seemingly gravity-defying sandstone behemoth that I have been referring to in my research as Bald Knob. In the photo above, taken from the episode of the TV series "Have Gun Will Travel" titled "Heritage of Anger," which premiered June 6, 1959, Bald Knob is the large rock hovering above the character at the center of the frame.
"Law of the Range" (1941)
Bald Knob also makes an appearance in the Johnny Mack Brown Western "Law of the Range," from Universal, as seen in the promo still above. The camera is again facing south, and in the background at top right, a portion of the still undeveloped western San Fernando Valley is visible. The promo shot is courtesy of Western movie historian Jerry England.
"Go West, Young Lady" (1941)
This shot of Iverson's Upper Gorge comes from another 1941 movie, Columbia's "Go West, Young Lady," a musical comedy/Western that starred Glenn Ford, Penny Singleton and Ann Miller. Here again, Bald Knob is near the center of the frame. This time the camera is looking north.
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"The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1958)
One production that makes nice use of Bald Knob is "The Gatling Gun," an episode of the "Wyatt Earp" TV series that premiered Oct. 21, 1958. In the above screen shot from the episode, Bald Knob is hard to miss in the foreground — even with a chunk of its "knob" cut off — at the right of the frame.
Garden of the Gods Trail, which is heavily featured during the Battle of Bald Knob — and which remains in place today, serving as the main entrance to Garden of the Gods Park. I will revisit this episode soon in an upcoming blog post that will highlight some of those Gatling gun "photo ops" with various rocks.
One of the final appearances of Bald Knob — most likely its last in any production — came in the 1978 sci-fi feature film "Deathsport," from producer Roger Corman, who by that time had a long history of moviemaking at Iverson. In this low-budget action pic, futuristic motorcycles are seen racing past Bald Knob, visible here toward the left of the screen.
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read more about Hawk Rock here, or click here to read about the rock's unusual appearance in the John Ford Western "Stagecoach."
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Below you will find links to some of the productions mentioned in this post, for sale on DVD on Amazon.com: