In 1952, my aunt (who worked for Monogram Pictures) arranged for us to visit a Republic Pictures' Roy Rogers movie set at the Iverson's Ranch, Roy being my favorite Cowboy Star. When we arrived, we were told that Roy & Dale had experienced a tragedy in the family the night before and that the company was not filming that day (one of their children had passed away). My mother then drove us on over the Santa Susana Pass to Corriganville. The gate was open so we drove in and parked. Well, what do you know, my 2nd favorite Cowboy Star, Gene Autry, was shooting a segment of his TV series that day. We were invited to stay, and I was also able to meet another of my favorites, Ray "Crash" Corrigan, when he visited the set in his bermuda shorts and tennis shoes. Two years later I met Roy on the set of his TV series; sorry, I only had my 8mm camera with me then, and haven't figured out how to scan 8mm yet. The following photographs are a record of what we saw on the Gene Autry Show set.
|Gene Autry, my brother and me in 1952: we're standing where the covered cement patio would be a few years later (at Corriganville), where they held the auction, and Max Terhune did his spiel, performers performed, and bands played. This side of the street was only partially built in 1952. You could stand where we were and look across the street to the sheriff's office.|
after our first Iverson Ranch adventure, my aunt called to tell us she had
arranged--through a friend of hers at Republic Pictures--for us to visit the set
of a Roy Rogersí feature length Western, also being filmed at the Iverson
Gene Autry, at Corriganville. I remember him as a nice guy, signed autographs for us and posed for pictures. My mother found him charming. Note Trading Post on left of picture, corner of bank, across the street, on Gene's right.
Here I am meeting Champion, that famous equine star by a Corriganville boardwalk and hitching-post. Note bank in background.
Marshall Reed and my brother Bob, with red barn in background. We ran across Marshall on nearly every set we visited--he worked a lot in those days. Met him again in the 1970's. He was in the construction business by then, hung out with the stunt guys at Beverly Garland's Hotel in North Hollywood.
There couldn't be a Gene Autry without a Pat Buttram. Another nice guy. Here he is toasting us with a papercup of water. Behind him is the horse truck, I think. Coud be anything, but the small air-vent windows on the left of the picture make me think that it carried horses.
My brother and an actor described as "Pembroke" by my mother on the back of the photo [probably actor George Pembroke]. Red barn and trading post in the background.
Here's the sheriff's office as seen from our position across the street. There were no buildings on our side at that time, just the Trading Post on the East end, the Saloon and maybe another building on the western end (Corriganville Movie Ranch).
Gene Autry at Monogram Ranch
My brother, Herman Hack, and myself, at Corriganville.