"The Flying Deuces" (1939) — laundry scene
The footage shot at Iverson for the movie consists of just one sequence, but it's a memorable one. Usually referred to as the "laundry scene," the sequence has the two protagonists attempting to get through a nightmarish, massive laundry project — seemingly doing the laundry for the entire Foreign Legion — as they're forced to pay a price for causing a ruckus in training camp.
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"Adventures of Spin and Marty" (1955)
This shot from a production made 16 years after "Flying Deuces" gives an idea what the same area looked like without all the laundry hanging out to dry. The shot from the Disney TV serial "Adventures of Spin and Marty" is taken from a similar angle to the "Flying Deuces" laundry lines shot.
Low Wall, as it appears today
Low Wall remains in place today, and still looks pretty much the same. Today it is part of the area that has been preserved as the Garden of the Gods, and can be found by taking a short hike west off Redmesa Road, north of Santa Susana Pass Road.
North Cluster Wall of Rock, as it appears today
North Cluster Wall of Rock remains intact too, for the most part, but it does not look the same as it did in 1939. These days it's overgrown with trees and other foliage, and hard to get a good look at. This shot of a portion of the rock feature was taken on a visit in April of this year.
Cockpit shot — promo still from the aerial sequence in "The Flying Deuces"
Aerial footage for the climactic flying sequence in "The Flying Deuces" was shot partially in the sky above Iverson, and this part of the shoot produced some interesting material, which I will talk about in more detail below. However, the aerial footage from this shoot that found its way into the movie does not include views of the movie ranch.
Laundry shot seen during the aerial sequence — created by special effects
This shot, which appears in "The Flying Deuces" during the aerial sequence, may be one reason that some knowledgeable viewers — particularly those who are interested in locations and know that the laundry scene was filmed at Iverson — think they're seeing the Iverson Movie Ranch during the aerial sequence. However, it turns out that this shot is a model, and not the actual location. One clue is that the rocks don't match the real rocks in the North Cluster area as they appear from the air, which you may be able to see in some of the shots below.
"Manhunt of Mystery Island" (1945) — aerial footage shot six years earlier for "The Flying Deuces"
It appears that actual aerial footage of the site of the laundry scene was shot for "Flying Deuces" but was not used — at least not in that movie. The footage subsequently turned up in a number of other productions, including the Republic sci-fi serial "Manhunt of Mystery Island."
Below you will find links to "The Flying Deuces" and other productions mentioned in this post, for sale on DVD on Amazon.com. Enjoy!