Thursday, April 17, 2014

Reel Indians of the Santa Susanas -- Chief Thundercloud

Chief Thundercloud -- born Victor Daniels (1899–1955) was a Cherokee Native American Indian actor who had been given the honorary title of Chief.  He worked as a mining foreman, boxer and guide and as a laborer on cattle ranches and rodeos before going to Hollywood in the late 1920s. 

He is best known for his role of faithful sidekick "Tonto" in the serial The Lone Ranger (1938) and its sequel The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1939). 

He also played the title role of Paramount Pictures' Geronimo (1939). 

His Santa Susana locations filmography includes:

Saddle Aces (1935) starring Rex Bell, Ruth Mix and Buzz Barton (Chatsworth Train Tunnel) Resolute

Custer's Last Stand (1936) [serial] starring Rex Lease, Lona Andre, William Farnum (Iverson Ranch) Stage & Screen

The Plainsman (1936) starring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur and James Ellison (Iverson Ranch) Paramount

The Bold Caballero (1936) starring Robert Livingston, Heather Angel and Sig Ruman (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Riders of the Whistling Skull (1937) starring Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan and Max Terhune - Republic 

The Lone Ranger (1938) [serial] starring Lee Powell, Chief Thundercloud and Lynne Roberts (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Lone Ranger Rides Again (1939) [serial] starring Robert Livingston, Chief Thundercloud and Duncan Renaldo (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Man of Conquest (1939) starring Richard Dix, Gail Patrick and Edward Ellis (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Geronimo (1939) starring Preston Foster, Ellen Drew and Andy Devine (Iverson Ranch) Paramount

Young Buffalo Bill (1940) starring Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes and Pauline Moore (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Shut My Big Mouth (1942) starring Joe E. Brown, Adele Mara and Victor Jory (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

The Valley of Vanishing Men (1942) [serial] starring Bill Elliott, Slim Summerville, Carmen Morales (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

Daredevils of the West (1943) [serial] starring Allan Lane, Kay Aldridge and Eddie Acuff (Iverson Ranch) Republic

The Law Rides Again (1943) starring Ken Maynard, Hoot Gibson and Jack La Rue (Corriganville) Monogram

The Fighting Seabees (1944) starring John Wayne, Susan Hayward and Dennis O'Keefe (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Outlaw Trail (1944) starring Hoot Gibson, Bob Steele and Chief Thundercloud (Corriganville) Monogram

Sonora Stagecoach (1944) starring Hoot Gibson, Bob Steele and Chief Thundercloud (Corriganville) Monogram

Raiders of Ghost City (1944) [serial] starring Dennis Moore, Wanda McKay and Lionel Atwill (Iverson Ranch) Universal

Black Arrow (1944) [serial] starring Mark Roberts, Adele Jergens and Robert Williams (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

The Phantom Rider (1946) [serial] [aka Ghost Riders of the West] starring Robert Kent, Peggy Stewart and LeRoy Mason (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Romance of the West (1946) starring Eddie Dean, Emmett Lynn and Joan Barton (Iverson Ranch)(Corriganville) PRC

Renegade Girl (1946) starring Ann Savage, Alan Curtis and Edward Brophy (Iverson Ranch) Screen Guild  

Blazing Across the Pecos (1948) starring Charles Starrett, Patricia Barry and Paul Campbell (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

The Traveling Saleswoman (1950) starring Joan Davis, Andy Devine and Adele Jergens (Iverson) Columbia

Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950) starring George Montgomery, Ellen Drew and Phillip Reed (Iverson Ranch) United Artists

Ambush (1950) starring Robert Taylor, John Hodiak and Arlene Dahl (Corriganville) MGM

Colt .45 (1950) starring Randolph Scott, Ruth Roman and Zachary Scott (Iverson Ranch) Warner Bros.

Indian Territory (1950) starring Gene Autry, Champion and Gail Davis (Corriganville) Columbia

"The Gene Autry Show" (TV Series) starring episode: The Poisoned Waterhole (1950)

Last of the Buccaneers (1950) starring Paul Henreid, Jack Oakie and Karin Booth (Corriganville) Columbia

Santa Fe (1951) starring Randolph Scott, Janis Carter and Jerome Courtland (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory (1952) starring Clayton Moore, Slim Andrews, Charles Harvey and Rodd Redwing (Corriganville) United Artists

"Death Valley Days" (TV Series) starring episode: The Saint's Portrait (1954)

"Buffalo Bill, Jr." (TV Series) starring episode: Fight for Geronimo (1955)

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