3200 Canyon Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Bronson Canyon is a section of
Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California that has become famous as a
filming location for a very large number of movies and TV shows,
especially westerns and science fiction, from the early days of motion
pictures to the present. Its craggy and remote-looking setting, but
easily accessible location, has made it a prime choice for filmmakers,
particularly of low-budget films, who want to place scenes in a lonely
Originally named Brush Canyon, the
famous hill and cave setting is on the western side of Griffith Park. In
1903, the Union Rock Company founded a quarry for excavation of crushed
rock, used in the construction of city streets. The quarry ceased
operation in the late 1920s, leaving the caves behind. The caves, known
as the Bronson Caves, gave the area its more popular name of Bronson
Scenes of the main cave entrance are
normally filmed in a manner that shows the entrance at an angle. This is
because the cave is actually a very short tunnel through the hill, with
the rear opening easily visible in a direct shot. The most well known
appearance of the tunnel entrance is likely as the entrance to the
Batcave in the Batman television series of the 1960s.
are some of the movies that were filmed at Bronson Canyon
a.k.a. The Bat Cave
"Lightning Bryce" (National Pictures 1919) Directed by: Paul
Hurst. Cast: Paul Hurst, Ann Little, Yakima Canutt, Steve Clemente, Jack
Hoxie, Slim Lucas, George Champion, Ben Corbett, George Hunter, Walter
"Riders of the Purple Sage" (Fox 1925) Directed by: Lynn
Reynolds. Cast: Tom Mix, Mabel Ballin, Beatrice Burnham, Harold Goodwin,
Fred Kohler, Charles Le Moyne, Wilfred Lucas, Warner Oland.
"The Lightning Warrior" (Mascot 1931) Directed by: Armand
Schaefer and Benjamin Kline. Cast: Frankie Darro, Hayden Stevenson,
George Brent, Pat O'Malley, Georgia Hale, Theodore Lorch, Lafe McKee,
Frank Brownlee, Bob Kortman, Dick Dickinson, Yakima Canutt, Frank
Lanning, Helen Gibson, Kermit Maynard, Rin Tin Tin.
"Hurricane Express" (Mascot 1932) Directed by: Armand L.
Schaefer. Cast: Tully Marshall, Conway Tearle, John Wayne, Shirley Grey,
J. Farrell MacDonald, Matthew Betz, James P. Burtis.
"Three Musketeers" (Mascot 1933) Directed by: Colbert Clark &
Armand Schaefer. Cast: Jack Mulhall, Raymond Hatton, Ralph Bushman, John
Wayne, Ruth Hall, Noah Beery Jr., Lon Chaney Jr., Al Ferguson.
"Mystery Mountain" (Mascot 1934) Directed by: B. Reeves Eason
& Otto Brower. Cast: Ken Maynard, Verna Hillie, Edward Earle, Edmund
Cobb, Lynton Brent, Syd Saylor, Carmencita Johnson, Lafe McKee, Al
Bridge, Edward Hearn, Bob Kortman, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Wally
Wales, Tom London, George Chesebro.
"The Phantom Empire" (Mascot 1935) Directed by: Otto Brower
and B. Reeves Eason. Cast: Gene Autry, Frankie Darro, Betsy King Ross,
Dorothy Christy, Wheeler Oakman, Charles K. French, Warner Richmond,
Frank Glendon, Smiley Burnette.
"Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island" (Republic 1936) Directed
by: Mack V. Wright and Ray Taylor. Cast: Mala, Rex, Buck, Mamo Clark,
Herbert Rawlinson, William Newell, John Ward, John Dilson, Selmer
Jackson, John Piccori, George Chesebro, Robert Kortman, George
Cleveland, Lloyd Whitlock, Tiny Roebuck, Tracy Layne, Herbert Weber,
Anthony Pawley, Allen Connor.
"Zorro Rides Again" (Republic 1937) Directed by: William
Witney and John English. Cast: John Carroll, Helen Christian, Reed Howes,
Duncan Renaldo, Noah Beery, Richard Alexander, Nigel de Brulier, Robert
Kortman, Jack Ingram, Roger Williams, Edmund Cobb, Mona Rico, Tom
London, Harry Strang, Jerry Frank.
"Dick Tracy Returns" (Republic 1938) Directed by: William
Witney and John English. Cast: Ralph Byrd, Lynne Roberts, Charles
Middleton, Jerry Tucker.
"Hawk of the Wilderness" (Republic 1938) Directed by: William
Witney and John English. Cast: Herman Brix, Mala, Monte Blue, Jill
Martin, Noble Johnson, William Royle, Tom Chatterton, George Eldredge,
Patrick J. Kelly, Dick Wessel, Snowflake, Tuffy.
"The Lone Ranger Rides Again" (Republic 1939) Directed by:
William Witney. Cast: Robert Livingston, Chief Thunder Cloud, Duncan
Renaldo, Billy Bletcher, Jinx Falkenberg, Ralph Dunn, J. Farrell
MacDonald, Rex Lease, William Gould, Henry Otho, John Beach, Glenn
Strange, Stanley Blystone, Eddie Parker, Al Taylor, Carleton Young.
"Rancho Grande" (Republic 1940) Directed by: Frank McDonald.
Cast: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, Mary Lee, Dick Hogan,
Ellen Lowe, Ferris Taylor, Joseph DeStefani, Roscoe Ates, Rex Lease.
"Adventures of Captain Marvel" (Republic 1941) Directed by:
William Witney & John English. Cast: Tom Tyler, Frank Coghlan Jr.,
William Benedict, Louise Currie, Robert Strange, Harry Worth.
"Call of the Canyon" (Republic 1942) Directed by: Joseph
Santley. Cast: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Ruth Terry, Joe Strauch Jr.,
Thurston Hall, Cliff Nazarro, Dorthea Kent, Bob Nolan, Pat Brady, Edmund
McDonald, Marc Lawrence, John Holland, Eddy Waller, Budd Buster.
"Leather Burners" (United Artists 1943) Directed by: Joseph E.
Henabery. Cast: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby, Victor Jory, George
Givot, Shelley Spencer, Bobby Larson, George Reeves, Hal Taliaferro,
"Pirates of Monterey" (Universal 1947) Directed by: Alfred
Werker. Cast: Maria Montez, Rod Cameron, Mikhail Rasumny, Philip Reed,
Gilbert Roland, Gale Sondergaard, Tamara Shayne, Robert Warwick.
"Silver River" (Warner Bros. 1948) Directed by: Raoul Walsh.
Cast: Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Thomas Mitchell, Bruce Bennett, Tom
D'Andrea, Barton MacLane, Monte Blue, Jonathan Hale, Alan Bridge, Arthur
Space, Art Baker, Joseph Crehan.
"Superman" (Columbia 1949) Directed by: Spencer Bennett and
Thomas Carr. Cast: Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Tommy Bond, Carol Forman,
George Meeker, Jack Ingram, Pierre Watkin, Terry Frost, Charles King,
Charles Quigley, Herbert Rawlinson, Forrest Taylor, Stephan Carr, Rusty
"Mark of the Gorilla" (Columbia 1950) Directed by: William A.
Berke. Cast: Johnny Weissmuller, Trudy Marshall, Onslow Stevens, Suzanne
Dalbert, Robert H. Purcell, Pierce Lyden, Neyle Morrow, Selmer Jackson.
"Flame of Araby" (Universal 1951) Directed by: Charles Lamont.
Cast: Jeff Chandler, Maureen O'Hara, Maxwell Reed, Lon Chaney, Buddy
Baer, Richard Egan, Dewey Martin, Royal Dano, Susan Cabot, Judith Braun,
"Carson City" (Warner Bros. 1952) Directed by: Andre de Toth.
Cast: Randolph Scott, Lucille Norman, Raymond Massey, Richard Webb,
James Millican, Larry Keating, George Cleveland, William Haade, Thurston
Hall, Vince Barnett, Don Beddoe, Jack Woody, James Smith.
"Robot Monster" (Three Dimensional Pictures 1953) Directed by:
Phil Tucker. Cast: George Nader, Claudia Barrett, Selena Royle, John
Mylong, Gregory Moffett, Pamela Paulson.
"Killers From Space" (RKO 1954) Directed by: W. Lee Wilder.
Cast: Peter Graves, James Seay, Steve Pendleton, Frank Gerstle, John
Frederick, Barbara Bestar, Shepard Menken, Jack Daly.
"The Day the World Ended" (Golden State Prod. 1955) Directed
by: Roger Corman. Cast: Richard Denning, Lori Nelson, Paul Birch, Mike
Connors, Adele Jergens, Raymond Hatton, Paul Dubov, Jonathan Haze, Paul
"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (Allied Artists 1956)
Directed by: Don Siegel. Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter.
"The Brain from Planet Arous" (Marquette Productions 1957)
Directed by: Nathan Juran. Cast: John Agar, Joyce Meadows, Robert
Fuller, Thomas Browne Henry, Ken Terrell, Henry Travis, E. Leslie
Thomas, Tim Graham, Bill Giorgio.
"Earth vs. the Spider" (American International Pictures 1958)
Directed by: Bert I. Gordon. Cast: Ed Kemmer, June Kenny, Eugene Persson,
Gene Roth, Hal Torey, Mickey Finn, Sally Fraser.
"The Jayhawkers" (Paramount 1959) Directed by: Melvin Frank.
Cast: Jeff Chandler, Fess Parker, Nicole Maurey, Henry Silva, Herbert
Rudley, Jimmy Carter, Shari Lee Bernath, Leo Gordon.
"Teenagers from Outer Space" (Warner Bros 1959) Directed by:
Tom Graeff. Cast: Tom Graeff, Dawn Anderson, Bryant Grant, Harvey B.
Dunn, Thomas Lockyer, King Moody, Helen Sage.
"The Cape Canaveral Monsters" (CCM 1960) Directed by: Phil
Tucker. Cast: Scott Peters, Linda Connell, Jason Johnson, Katherine
Victor, Billy Greene, Chuck Howard.
"Ride the High Country" (MGM 1962) Directed by: Sam Peckinpah.
Cast: Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Ronald Starr, Edgar
Buchanan, R. G. Armstrong, John Anderson, L. Q. Jones, Warren Oates,
James Drury, John Davis Chandler, Jenie Jackson.
"The Gun Hawk" (Allied Artists 1963) Directed by: Edward
Ludwig. Cast: Rory Calhoun, Rod Cameron, Ruta Lee, Rod Lauren, Morgan
Woodward, Robert J. Wilke, John Litel, Rodolfo Hoyos, Lane Bradford.
"The Human Duplicators" (Woolner 1965) Directed by: Hugo
Grimaldi. Cast: George Nader, Dolores Faith, Richard Kiel, George
Macready, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Nichols, John Indrisano, Ted Durant.
"Flaming Frontier" (Warner Bros. 1968) Directed by: Alfred
Vohrer. Cast: Stewart Granger, Pierre Brice, Mario Girotti.
"The Mighty Gorga" (American General 1969) Directed by: David
L. Hewitt. Cast: Gary Kent, Scott Brady, Bruce Kimball, Greydon Clark,
Kent Taylor, Megan Timothy.
"Equinox" (1970) Directed by: Dennis Muren & Jack Woods. Cast:
Edward Connell, Barbara Hewitt, Robin Christopher, Jack Woods, Fritz
Leiber, Patrick Burke, Jim Phillips, Frank Bonner.
"Octaman" (Filmers Guild 1971) Directed by: Harry Essex. Cast:
Kerwin Matthews, Pier Angeli, Jeff Morrow, David Essex, Jerome Guardino,
"Lost Horizon" (Columbia 1973) Directed by: Charles Jarrott.
Cast: Charles Boyer, Peter Finch, Michael York, Olivia Hussey, Sally
Kellerman, George Kennedy, James Shigeta, Liv Ullmann, Bobby Van.
"Mrs. Sundance" (20th Century Fox 1974) Directed by: Marvin
Chomsky. Cast: Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert Foxworth, L. Q. Jones,
Arthur Hunnicutt, Lorna Thayer, Lurene Tuttle, Claudette Nevins, Byron
Mabe, Robert Donner, Dean Smith, Jack Williams, Todd Shelhorse.
"The Choirboys" (Lorimar 1977) Directed by: Robert Aldrich.
Cast: Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Perry King, Clyde Kusatsu,
Stephen Macht, Tim McIntire.
"Last Ride of the Dalton Gang" (NBC-TV 1979) Directed by: Dan
Durtis. Cast: Cliff Potts, Randy Quaid, Larry Wilcox, Sharon Farrell,
Jack Palance, Dale Robertson, Matt Clark, Royal Dano, Julie Hill, John
Karlen, Bo Hopkins, R. G. Armstrong, Scott Brady.
"The Return" (1980) Directed by: Greydon Clark. Cast: Cybill
Shepherd, Jan-Michael Vincent, Neville Brand, Raymond Burr, Martin
"The Legend of the Lone Ranger" (Universal 1981) Directed by:
William A. Fraker. Cast: Klinton Spilsbury, Michael Horse, Christopher
Lloyd, Matt Clark, Juanin Clay, Jason Robards, John Bennett Perry,
Richard Farnsworth, John Hart, David Hayward, Lincoln Tate, Ted Flicker.
"The Sword and the Sorcerer" (Sorcerer Productions) Directed
by: Albert Pyun. Cast: Lee Horsley, Kathleen Beller, Simon MacCorkindale,
George Maharis, Richard Lynch, Richard Moll.
"Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (Paramount 1991)
Directed by: Nicholas Meyer. Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy,
DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George
Takei, Kim Cattrall, Mark Lenard, Grace Lee Witney, Brock Peters.
"The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." (Warner Bros. 1993)
Directed by: Bryan Spicer. Cast: Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry, Billy
"The End of Violence" (Ciby Pictures 1997) Directed by: Wim
Wenders. Cast: Bill Pullman, Andie MacDowell, Gabriel Byrne, Loren Dean,
Traci Lind, Daniel Benzali.
"The Scorpion King" (Universal 2002) Directed by: Chuck
Russell. Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Steven Brand, Kelly Hu.