Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Johnny Mack Brown

'Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas' is a continuing series about "six-gun heroes that performed on movie location ranches in Chatsworth, California.  For more information about Chatsworth filming locations see http://www.cowboyup.com/ to find information about my books: Rendezvous at Boulder Pass: Hollywood's Fantasyland - 2010 and Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas - 2008.


Johnny Mack Brown (JMB) (1904-1974) was a B-Western star who was discovered because he had been a college football star.  He earned a football scholarship to the University of Alabama, and in 1926, his "Crimson Tide" team earned a trip to the Rose Bowl Game.  He was voted MVP of the game after scoring two of his team's three touchdowns in an upset win over the favored Washington Huskies.

His appearance on Wheaties cereal boxes in 1927, brought an offer for motion picture screen tests that resulted in winning a role opposite Mary Pickford in her first talkie, Coquette (1929), for which won her an Oscar.

In 1930 he was cast as the star in a Western entitled Billy the Kid directed by King Vidor.  After 1930 JMB went on to make many first class movies, and eventually became one of the screen's top B-movie cowboy stars, making 127 western films during his career.

When the B-Western genre faded in box office popularity, Johnny Mack Brown went into retirement in 1953, but returned later to appear in support roles in a few Western films and television shows.

Johnny Mack Brown's Santa Susana locations filmography:


Arizona Cyclone (1941) - Johnny Mack Brown and Fuzzy Knight - Universal
Bar Z Bad Men (1937) - Johnny Mack Brown (Brandeis Ranch) Republic
Blazing Bullets (1951) - Johnny Mack Brown (Iverson Ranch) Monogram


Boss of Bullion City (1940) - Johnny Mack Brown and Fuzzy Knight - Universal
Boss of Hangtown Mesa (1942) - Johnny Mack Brown (Iverson Ranch) Universal
Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie (1941) - Johnny Mack Brown and Fuzzy Knight - Universal
Canyon Ambush (1952) - Johnny Mack Brown - Monogram
Cheyenne Roundup (1943) - Johnny Mack Brown, Tex Ritter and Fuzzy Knight - Universal


Chip of the Flying U (1939) - Johnny Mack Brown, Bob Baker and Fuzzy Knight (Iverson Ranch) Universal


Dead Man's Trail (1952) - Johnny Mack Brown (Iverson Ranch) Monogram
Desert Phantom (1936) - Johnny Mack Brown (Brandeis Ranch) William Steiner
Drifting Along (1946) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram
Fighting Bill Fargo (1941) - Johnny Mack Brown and Fuzzy Knight - Universal
Fighting with Kit Carson (1933) - Johnny Mack Brown (Iverson Ranch) Mascot [serial]
Flashing Guns (1947) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton (Iverson Ranch) Monogram
The Gambling Terror (1937) - Johnny Mack Brown (Iverson Ranch) Republic
Ghost Guns (1944) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram


Gun Smoke (1945) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram
Gun Talk (1947) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram
Guns in the Dark (1937) - Johnny Mack Brown (Iverson Ranch) Republic


Law and Order (1940) - Johnny Mack Brown and Fuzzy Knight - Universal
Law of the Panhandle (1950) - Johnny Mack Brown - Monogram
Law of the Range (1941) - Johnny Mack Brown (Brandeis Ranch)(Iverson Ranch) Universal
Law Men (1944) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram
Little Joe, the Wrangler (1942) - Johnny Mack Brown, Tex Ritter and Fuzzy Knight - Universal
Lone Star Trail (1943) - Johnny Mack Brown, Tex Ritter and Fuzzy Knight - Universal


Man from Sonora (1951) - Johnny Mack Brown (Iverson Ranch) Monogram
Man from the Black Hills (1952) - Johnny Mack Brown (Iverson Ranch) Monogram
The Marshal's Daughter (1953) - Hoot Gibson and Johnny Mack Brown - United Artists
The Masked Rider (1941) - Johnny Mack Brown and Fuzzy Knight - Universal
Montana Desperado (1951) - Johnny Mack Brown - Monogram
Oklahoma Justice (1951) - Johnny Mack Brown and James Ellison - Monogram
Outlaw Gold (1950) - Johnny Mack Brown (Western Street, Iverson Ranch) Monogram
Outlaws of Stampede Pass (1943) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram
Over the Border (1950) - Johnny Mack Brown (Iverson Ranch) Monogram
Overland Trails (1948) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram


Pony Post (1940) - Johnny Mack Brown and Fuzzy Knight (Iverson Ranch) Universal
Prairie Express (1947) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram
Raiders of San Joaquin (1943) - Johnny Mack Brown and Tex Ritter (Corriganville) Universal


Raiders of the South (1947) - Johnny Mack Brown (Iverson Ranch) Monogram
Rawhide Rangers (1941) - Johnny Mack Brown and Fuzzy Knight (Iverson Ranch) Universal
The Silver Bullet (1942) - Johnny Mack Brown - Universal
Six Gun Gospel (1943) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram
Stagecoach Buckaroo (1942) - Johnny Mack Brown and Fuzzy Knight - Universal
Stampede (1949) - Rod Cameron, Gale Storm and Johnny Mack Brown - Allied Artists
The Stranger from Pecos (1943) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram
Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground (1943) - Johnny Mack Brown and Tex Ritter - Universal
Texas City (1952) - Johnny Mack Brown - Monogram
The Texas Kid (1943) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram
Texas Lawmen (1951) - Johnny Mack Brown - Monogram
Trail of Vengeance (1937) - Johnny Mack Brown - Republic


Trailing Danger (1947) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram
Triggerman (1948) - Johnny Mack Brown - Monogram
Under Arizona Skies (1946) - Johnny Mack Brown and Raymond Hatton - Monogram
Under Cover Man (1936) - Johnny Mack Brown - Republic
West of Carson City (1940) - Johnny Mack Brown, Bob Baker and Fuzzy Knight - Universal
West of Wyoming (1950) - Johnny Mack Brown and Gail Davis - Monogram


Whistling Hills (1951) - Johnny Mack Brown - Monogram

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