"Along Came Jones" (1945) — The Harness Maker, at far left
One of the first buildings that came into view upon arriving at the Iverson Movie Ranch Western street from the south was the Harness Maker, part of the original town set built for "Along Came Jones."
"The Millerson Case" (1947) — new buildings at the south end of town
By mid-1947 the Harness Maker no longer occupied the southwest corner of town, as a new building, the Rainbow Mine Co., had been built directly to its south, while the town's new church filled the south end of the street.
"Passage West" (1951)
A horse-drawn hearse sits in front of the Harness Maker building in the Paramount movie "Passage West." The building plays a general store in the John Payne Western.
"The Millerson Case"
However, the Harness Maker and Saloon were two separate buildings. In fact, the Harness Maker was not positioned perfectly in line with the Saloon, but was angled just slightly back from the straight line of the street.
"Check Your Guns" (1948)
The offset in alignment between the Harness Maker and the Saloon is evident again in this shot of Eddie Dean on the street in front of the Saloon in the PRC movie "Check Your Guns."
"Night Raiders" (1952)
Fuzzy Knight stands in front of the Saloon in the Monogram B-Western "Night Raiders." This shot offers what may be the best look at the offset alignment between the Saloon and the Harness Maker.
"Ghost Town Renegades (1947)
Here's an unusual shot that illustrates not only the proximity of the Saloon and the Harness Maker, but also the misalignment of the two buildings' front decks.
I don't usually point out irony, as it speaks for itself. But I'll make an exception here, because I love the irony that this illustration of the misalignment also catches a guy in the act of doing surveying. "Hey, buddy! Look to your left!"
"Calamity Jane and the Texan" (1950)
The Harness Maker building included a barber shop — identified by its red-striped poles, at the right — in "Calamity Jane and the Texan."
"Gold Raiders" (1951)
The striped barber poles remained on the Harness Maker building in the Three Stooges movie "Gold Raiders," released the following year. The poles may be a little hard to spot here.
"Along Came Jones" (1945) — the original Barber Shop
The Harness Maker was not the first building in town to feature a barber shop. The town's original Barber Shop, seen in "Along Came Jones," was located near the north end of the street, south of the original Blacksmith Shop. It's easy to confuse this one with the later barber shop at the Harness Maker.
click here to see a previous entry in this series focused on the Barber Shop and the original north end of town.
"Sky King" TV show (shot in 1955, aired in early 1956)
One of the best things about the Harness Maker from a movie history standpoint is that on occasion shots of the building also catch the old "Wee Willie Winkie" set in the background. In this example from the TV show "Sky King," the camera is looking toward the west and the old set can be seen at the left of the frame.
"Along Came Jones" (1945)
A tiny corner of the "Wee Willie Winkie" set did sneak into this shot from "Along Came Jones," which also appears near the top of this post. The set is barely noticeable here, unless you know to look for it.
"Silver Raiders" (1950) — The Harness Maker
A shot of the Harness Maker building in the Whip Wilson B-Western "Silver Raiders," from Monogram, offers what may be an unintentionally close look at part of the "Wee Willie Winkie" set.
"Wee Willie Winkie" (1937) — The India Fort
This overview of the "Wee Willie Winkie" filming area gives an idea of what the sprawling India Fort set looked like in 1937. Eight years later, the Iverson Western street would be built in the area seen in the foreground. The India Fort would remain standing — even outlasting the Western street — but would rarely be filmed after 1941.
"Montana Incident" (1952) — the north end of town
A portion of the "Wee Willie Winkie" set also on occasion snuck into shots of the north end of the Western street, as I mentioned in an earlier entry on the North and South Adobes. Please click here to read that entry.
Aerial photo (1952)
An aerial photo of a portion of Sheep Flats on the Lower Iverson from 1952 shows the juxtaposition of the Western street, to the east, and the old "Wee Willie Winkie" set, to the west. I've blogged previously about the endlessly fascinating India Fort set, and you can learn more about it by clicking here.
If you would like to dive even deeper into the 1937 "Wee Willie Winkie" sets and the early history of movie construction on Sheep Flats, I recommend clicking on "Wee Willie Winkie" in the long index of LABELS at the right of the page — or just click here for the same link.
"The Iverson Movie Ranch Western street, one building at a time" is a series of posts on the movie and TV history of each of the major structures making up Iverson's town set, which stood from 1945 to 1957 and appeared in hundreds of productions.
To see all of the posts in the series on the Iverson Western street, please click on the following links:
Part I: Casa Grande
Part II: The Livery Stable
Part III: The Saloon
Part IV: The Hotel
Part V: The General Store
Part VI: The Barn
Part VII: The Sheriff's Office
Part VIII: The North and South Adobes
Part IX: The Lost Dutchman
Part X: The original north end of town
Part XI: The North and South Towers
Part XII: The Harness Maker
Part XIII: Rainbow Mine Co.
Part XIV: The Church/Schoolhouse
Part XV: The Corral Rocks Shack
Part XVI: The decline and fall of the Western street