Rowland V. Lee purchased 214 acres of Canoga Park land in 1935, naming the ranch Farm Lake Ranch. In 1945, Republic Pictures erected the set shown in the below photograph for their film I've Always Loved You.

I've Always Loved You
As the ranch appeared during the filming days


The ranch site nowadays

DIRECTIONS: To reach the ranch site (one lake still remains), from Los Angeles, take the 101 freeway north (west). Exit at Topanga Canyon Road and turn north (right). Turn left at Roscoe Blvd. After you pass Fallbrook Ave. you will be in and around the ranch site. On the right will be the entrance to Hidden Lake Estates. If the gate happens to be open, drive in. The remaining lake is surrounded by a small park/recreation area and is bounded by Samra Drive and Sedan Ave, which encircle the lake.


"Our Vines Have Tender Grapes" (MGM 1945) Directed by: Roy Rowland. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O'Brien, James Craig, Frances Gifford, Agnes Moorehead, Morris Carnovsky, Arthur Space, Charles Middleton.

"I've Always Loved You" (Republic 1946) Directed by: Frank Borzage. Cast: Philip Dorn, Catherine McLeod, William Carter, Maria Ouspenskaya, Felix Bressart, Elizabeth Patterson, Vanessa Brown, Lewis Howard, Adele Mara, Gloria Donovan, Stephanie Bachelor, Cora Witherspoon, Fritz Feld.

"So Dark the Night" (Columbia 1946) Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis. Cast: Steven Geray, Micheline Cheirel, Eugene Borden, Ann Codee, Egon Brecher, Helen Freeman, Brother Theodore, Gergory Gaye, Jean Del Val, Paul Marion, Emil Rameau, Louis Mercier, Billy Snder, Frank Arnold, Adrienne D'Ambricourt.

"Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (RKO 1948) Directed by: H. C. Potter. Cast: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Reginald Denny.

"The Three Musketeers" (MGM 1948) Directed by: George Sidney. Cast: Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Van Heflin, Angela Lansbury, Frank Morgan, Vincent Price, Keenan Wynn.

"Yankee Pasha" (Universal 1954) Directed by: Joseph Pevney. Cast: Jeff Chandler, Lee J. Cobb, John Day, Rhonda Fleming, Myrna Hansen, Harry Lauter, Hal March, Christiane Martel, Tudor Owen, Bart Roberts, Benny Rubin, Arthur Space, Mamie van Doren, Philip Van Zandt.

"The Night of the Hunter" (United Artists 1955) Directed by: Charles Laughton. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Billy Chapin, Peter Graves, James Gleason, Paul Bryar, Mary Ellen Clemons, Sally Jane Bruce, Gloria Castillo, Cheryl Callaway, Corey Allen, Evelyn Varden, Don Beddoe.

"Friendly Persuasion" (Allied Artists 1956) Directed by: William Wyler. Cast: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer, Robert Middleton, Phyllis Love, Mark Richman, Walter Catlett, Richard Hale, Joel Fluellen, Theodore Newton, John Smith, Edna Skinner, Marjorie Durant, Frances Farwell.

"Johnny Tremain" (Disney 1957) Directed by: Robert Stevenson. Cast: Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York, Sebastian Cabot, Richard Beymer, Whit Bissell, Gavin Gordon, Lumsden Hare, Rusty Lane, Walter Coy, Walter Sande, Ralph Clanton, Geoffrey Toone, Will Wright, Virginia Christine.