"Three Ages" (1923) — high atop Rock Island
I recently began examining a scene in "Three Ages" that I haven't seen discussed anywhere else. The above shot features what I call an "armory," consisting of a pile of rocks ready to be thrown, that Buster Keaton's caveman character has stashed in a high rock perch. I was able to determine where this is because of the distinctive shape of the rock tower in the top right corner.
The location for Buster's tower armory can be seen in this shot from the John Ford Western "Stagecoach." Rock Island is is the dominant rock feature in the foreground, consisting from this angle mainly of three large boulders.
"They Died With Their Boots On" (1941)
This shot from the Errol Flynn movie "They Died With Their Boots On" gives a sense of the massive scale of Rock Island, with a detachment of mounted Cavalrymen dwarfed by the formation as they ride below it.
click here to read more about Eraserhead and Rock Island. Also, I have since done a more exhaustive examination of Rock Island, which you can find here.
Batman Rock. I call this area Batman Corner.
"Have Gun — Will Travel" (1960): "The Fatalist"
A view of Rock Island that again features the site of the armory can be found in "The Fatalist," the first episode of season four of the TV Western "Have Gun — Will Travel." The episode premiered Sept. 10, 1960, on CBS. One of the most interesting details in this shot is hiding in the background, above Rock Island.
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