Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Reel Indians of the Santa Susanas -- Iron Eyes Cody

Iron Eyes Cody (1907-1999) was an American born son of two italian immigrants.  In 1924 he moved to California, changed his name from "Espera Oscar DeCorti" to Cody, and started working as an actor, presenting himself as a Native American. 

He married an Indian woman, Bertha Parker, and together they adopted two Indian sons, Robert and Arthur.  Iron Eyes Cody lived and worked as an Indian for all his adult life; he labored for decades to promote Native American causes, and was honored by Hollywood's Native American community in 1995 as a "non-Native" for his contribution to film.

Iron Eyes Cody's Santa Susana locations filmography includes:

Fighting with Kit Carson (1933) Johnny Mack Brown, Betsy King Ross, Noah Beery (Iverson Ranch) Mascot

The Miracle Rider (1935) Tom Mix, Charles Middleton, Joan Gale (Iverson Ranch) Mascot

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

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

Treachery Rides the Range (1936) - Dick Foran, Paula Stone, Craig Reynolds (Iverson Ranch) Warner Bros.

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 (Chatsworth) Republic 

Prairie Thunder (1937) - Dick Foran, Janet Shaw, Smoke (Iverson Ranch) Warner Bros.

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

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

Pioneers of the West (1940) - Robert Livingston, Raymond Hatton and Duncan Renaldo (Iverson) Republic

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

Kit Carson (1940) - Jon Hall, Lynn Bari, Dana Andrews (Iverson Ranch) United Artists

Pony Post (1940) - Johnny Mack Brown, Fuzzy Knight and Nell O'Day (Iverson Ranch) Universal

In Old Cheyenne (1941) - Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes and Joan Woodbury (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Saddlemates (1941) - Robert Livingston, Bob Steele, Rufe Davis (Iverson Ranch) Republic

King of the Texas Rangers (1941) - Sammy Baugh, Neil Hamilton, Pauline Moore (Chatsworth Trains)(Iverson Ranch)(Corriganville)  Republic

Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) - Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Foran (Iverson Ranch) Universal

Lawless Plainsmen (1942) - Charles Starrett, Russell Hayden, Luana Walters (Brandeis Ranch) Columbia

The Perils of Nyoka (1942) aka "Nyoka and the Tigermen" - Kay Aldridge, Clayton Moore, Lorna Gray (Iverson Ranch) Republic

The Omaha Trail (1942) - James Craig, Pamela Blake, Dean Jagger (Chatsworth) MGM

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

The Scarlet Horseman (1946) - Peter Cookson, Paul Guilfoyle and Janet Shaw (Iverson Ranch) Universal

Under Nevada Skies (1946) - Roy Rogers, Trigger, George 'Gabby' Hayes (Corriganville) Republic

Plainsman and the Lady (1946) - Bill Elliott, Vera Ralston and Gail Patrick (Iverson Ranch) Republic

The Gallant Legion (1948) - Bill Elliott, Lorna Gray and Joseph Schildkraut (Garden of the Gods) Republic

The Dude Goes West (1948) - Eddie Albert, Gale Storm, James Gleason (Iverson Ranch) Allied Artists

Blood on the Moon (1948) - Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes and Robert Preston (Iverson Ranch) RKO

Massacre River (1949) - Guy Madison, Rory Calhoun, Carole Mathews (Iverson Ranch) Allied Artists

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

Broken Arrow (1950) - James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget (Iverson Ranch) 20th Century-Fox

Cherokee Uprising (1950) - Whip Wilson, Andy Clyde, Lois Hall (Iverson Ranch)(Garden of the Gods) Monogram

California Passage (1950) - Forrest Tucker, Adele Mara and Estelita Rodriguez (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Red Mountain (1951) - Alan Ladd, Lizabeth Scott, Arthur Kennedy, John Ireland (Iverson Ranch) Paramount

Night Raiders (1952) - Whip Wilson, Fuzzy Knight, Lois Hall (Iverson Ranch) Monogram

Fort Osage (1952) - Rod Cameron, Jane Nigh, Morris Ankrum (Corriganville) Monogram

Apache Country (1952) - Gene Autry, Champion, Carolina Cotton (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

Son of Paleface (1952) - Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Roy Rogers (Iverson Ranch) Paramount

Apache War Smoke (1952) - Gilbert Roland, Glenda Farrell, Robert Horton (Iverson Ranch) MGM

Arrow in the Dust (1954) - Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Keith Larsen (Burro Flats)(Iverson Ranch) Allied Artists

Sitting Bull (1954) - Dale Robertson, Mary Murphy, J. Carrol Naish (Iverson Ranch) United Artists

Apache Ambush (1955) - Bill Williams, Richard Jaeckel, Alex Montoya (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

The Wild Dakotas (1956) starring Bill Williams, Coleen Gray and Jim Davis (Iverson Ranch) Associated

Alias Jesse James (1959) starring Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming and Wendell Corey (Iverson Ranch) United Artists

"The Cisco Kid" (TV Series) 
- episode: Indian Uprising (1953)
- episode: The Gramophone (1953)

"Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" (TV Series) 
- episode: The Bold Raven Rodeo (1956) ... Chief Storm Cloud
- episode: Buckshot Comes Home (1955)

"The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (TV Series) 
- episode: Wyatt and the Captain (1957)

"The Restless Gun" (TV Series)
- episode: A Pressing Engagement (1958) 

and a plethora of other TV Westerns and episodes filmed at Santa Susana locations.

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