Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Preston Foster

Preston Foster (1900-1970) was an American stage and film actor, and singer. Foster entered films in the early 1930s after appearing on Broadway as a stage actor. 

From the 1930s on he appeared in many quality Westerns.  Two of his best remembered films are Annie Oakley (1935) and My Friend Flicka (1943).

During World War II he served in the United States Coast Guard, where earned the rank of Captain.  He continued as a reservist when the war ended and eventually held the honorary rank of Commodore in the U.S. Coast Guard.

In the late 1940s he also became a successful singer touring with a trio that included Gene Leis and his his wife (actress Sheila Darcy).  The trio played on radio and in clubs, appearing with Orrin Tucker, Peggy Ann Garner and Rita Hayworth.

Between 1954 and 1955 he starred on the television drama "Waterfront" playing the role of Captain John Herrick. 

Preston Foster's Santa Susana locations filmography:

The Arizonian (1935) - Richard Dix, Margot Grahame and Preston Foster (Iverson Ranch) RKO

Army Girl (1938) - Madge Evans, Preston Foster and James Gleason (Iverson Ranch) Republic

The Tougher They Come (1950) starring Wayne Morris, Preston Foster and Kay Buckley - Columbia

Annie Oakley (1935) - Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster and Melvyn Douglas (Iverson Ranch) RKO

Geronimo (1939) - Preston Foster, Ellen Drew and Andy Devine (Iverson Ranch) Paramount
The Harvey Girls (1946) - Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, John Hodiak and Preston Foster (Iverson Ranch) MGM
I Shot Jesse James (1949) - Preston Foster, Barbara Britton and John Ireland with Reed Hadley and Tom Tyler (Iverson Ranch) Lippert

King of the Wild Horses (1947) - Preston Foster, Gail Patrick and Billy Sheffield - Columbia

The Marshal's Daughter (1953) - Laurie Anders, Hoot Gibson, Ken Murray and Preston Foster (Iverson Ranch) United Artists

Montana Territory (1952) - Lon McCallister, Wanda Hendrix and Preston Foster (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937) - Preston Foster, Jean Muir and Van Heflin - RKO

'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.

Index for 'Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas' -- Chatsworth's Six-Gun Heroes

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