Fantastic Serial Sites of California

Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Locations, 1919–1955

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About the Book

The first of its kind, this guide to various California filming sites covers five decades of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in chapter plays. Covering over sixty serials, many familiar locations are documented here, including the rugged terrain of Red Rock Canyon, which served as a stand-in for Saturn in Buck Rogers; the Bronson Caves and Griffith Observatory, which appeared in Flash Gordon; and the famous Iverson Ranch, which appeared in Batman, Superman and many other serials.
Covered locations include the skyscrapers that appeared alongside Captain Marvel in The Adventures of Captain Marvel, the location of The Green Hornet’s apartment and filming locations for five silent serials. The compendium’s in-depth storytelling is enhanced by photos of serial memorabilia, postcards, serial descriptions, accurate instructions to locations, notes and more.

About the Author(s)

Retired librarian Gail Orwig has written genre film location articles for Filmfax, Outré, Films of the Golden Age, Scary Monsters, Cine Cuvee, and Classic Images. Her favorite films are the Golden Age “horror” films. She lives in El Sobrante, California.

Raymond Orwig is a retired teacher living in El Sobrante, California. His interests include ’50s science fiction films and he has written articles for Filmfax, Outré, Films of the Golden Age, Cine Cuvee, Scary Monsters, and Classic Images.

Bibliographic Details

Gail Orwig and Raymond Orwig
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 880 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7791-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4589-6
Imprint: McFarland