... a violent bunch of bikers, set in Pasadena in the late 1950s, perhaps you never noticed them!
Probably not. I was still a high school-college kid living safely with my parents in the San Fernando Valley in the late 50's. The Valley was great then - no smog, low humidity, gentle climate. We never even saw a "violent biker," because in the Valley, our generation's stereotype hero was the street-racer
. For the girls, we had the Natalie Wood
The archetypal scenario that held sway in that era was embedded in consciousness via the film, Rebel Without A Cause
That same era was captured (in retrospective recreation) in the stunningly accurate American Graffiti
. I was there. Here is my proof:
I didn't get to live in Pasadena until 1979.
Here's pics of Devil's Gate canyon (arroyo) bridge and the mysterious dam itself - all right nearby to uptown, upscale Pasadena.
The (Colorado Street?) bridge opened in 1913:
Pasadena was similar in climate to the Valley, but it had more old growth, heavy duty shade - like massive oak trees. But its "violent bikers" were a long ways away from the Valley. But yeah, we had an image of them.
Anything having to do with Pasadena should be examined carefully, for we see that ... "Then, sometime in 1939, the Lodge fell under the patronage and leadership of John Parsons, a young L.A. aristocrat and pioneer of Cal Tech rocketry (later a founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory). During the day, Parsons worked at the Cal Tech labs or the Devil's Gate test range ... perfecting propellant systems for liquidfuel rockets; at night, he returned to his mansion on Pasadena's "millionaires row" (South Orange Grove Avenue)
Here's a nice shot of Jacks playground ...