"Crashout" (1955): William Bendix as an escaped convict on the Upper Iverson
Oscar-nominated actor William Bendix — fondly remembered for the TV series "The Life of Riley" and for his performance as Babe Ruth in the 1948 biopic "The Babe Ruth Story" — popped up on the Iverson Movie Ranch after escaping prison in the movie "Crashout," from the little-known studio Standard Productions.
"The Virginian" TV series (1963) — The Saltahakers
Here's a better look at the Saltshakers, from the TV show "The Virginian." The shot comes from the episode "Echo of Another Day," which premiered March 27, 1963, and was probably shot in late 1962.
The Saltshakers are still around, and still look pretty much the same, as this recent photo shows. It might have made more sense to call them the Salt and Pepper Shakers, but "Saltshakers" sums it up well enough.
"Crashout" — guards use Turtle Rock as an observation tower as they search for escapees
The prison escape movie includes this unusual shot of Turtle Rock, located a short distance east of the Saltshakers. Even though Turtle Rock was one of the most distinctive and frequently filmed rock features on the South Rim, I can't recall another production that included a shot of someone standing on top of it.
"Wyoming Roundup" (1952)
Turtle Rock usually looks more like this, as seen in the Whip Wilson movie "Wyoming Roundup." The rock towers above the South Rim, and it would have taken some doing to put someone up there without breaking his neck.
William Bendix and Doug McClure — promo shot for "Overland Trail" (1960)
Bendix didn't do a lot of work in Westerns, but he and Doug McClure co-starred on the short-lived NBC Western TV series "Overland Trail" back in 1960.
William Bendix in "Wake Island" (1942)
Bendix's Oscar nomination came in 1943, for the World War II movie "Wake Island," released in 1942. He was up for Best Supporting Actor, which went to Van Heflin that year, for the film noir "Johnny Eager."
William Bendix, center, on the South Rim in "Crashout"
Here's another shot of Bendix and some of his co-escapees on the Iverson Movie Ranch in "Crashout."