Thursday, March 30, 2017
What Is The Historical Importance Of This Cave??????????????????
The image may seem vaguely familiar, to some. This is the East Portal of Bronson Cave, which is part of Bronson Canyon, in the Griffith Park section of Los Angeles. The spot has been used as locations in more films than I was ever aware of, including some A-list ones. But the two I treasure the most are two Fifties trash classics--1958's "The Return Of Dracula," which I recently wrote about, and two years before, 1956's "It Conquered The World!!!!!!!!!!!"
Yes, darlings, this is the exact spot that cute little Cucumbo crawled out of. The creature, who was so campy, that, when actress Beverly Garland first saw him on the set, remarked, "THIS conquered the world?." laughed, then kicked the thing over!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Crew members called him "Demmy Dimwit!" Poor Cucumbo; how his feelings must have been hurt! But he really comes through, crawling out of that cave, looking menacing as hell, while Beverly Garland acts up a Meryl Streep storm, screaming and hissing at it, banging on it with her fists, in a frenzied attempt to convince audiences she is genuinely terrified! What a laugh!!!!!!!!
I am pretty certain film mavens have visited this spot over the years, for the same reason I want to. If only Cucumbo would make personal appearances.
For the vampire film, this was used as his daytime lair, where his coffin was stored, and included the pit, into which he abruptly falls, and impales himself on a stake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But Cucumbo is the real reason to visit this place. While recently watching the 'Dracula' film, I noted how familiar the place looked! Now I know why!