Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Clayton Moore

Clayton Moore (1914-1999) was an American actor who was best known for playing the television role of the Lone Ranger (a masked ex-Texas Ranger who, and his Indian partner Tonto, fight injustice in the American Old West).  Photo above Clayton Moore and Silver (1956).

He also had a successful run starring in several of Republic's low budget movie serials between 1942 - 1959.  For me the Lone Range (as portrayed by Clayton Moore) will always be the supreme fighter for Truth, Justice, and the American way.

Clayton Moore's Santa Susana locations filmography (starring roles):

Adventures of Frank and Jesse James (1948) starring Clayton Moore (center above) and Steve Darrell (Iverson Ranch) Republic [serial]

Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory (1952) starring Clayton Moore (above) (Corriganville) United Artists

The Crimson Ghost (1946) starring Charles Quigley, Linda Stirling and Clayton Moore (far left above) (Iverson Ranch) Republic [serial]

The Gay Amigo, The (1949) - minor role as a Lieutenant - United Artists

G-Men Never Forget (1948) starring Clayton Moore, Roy Barcroft, Ramsay Ames (Iverson Ranch) Republic [serial]

Ghost of Zorro (1949) starring Clayton Moore (Iverson Ranch) Republic [serial]

Ghost of Zorro ( 1959) starring Clayton Moore (Iverson Ranch) Republic [serial]

Jesse James Rides Again (1947) starring Clayton Moore (above) (Iverson Ranch) Republic [serial]

Jungle Drums Of Africa (1953) starring Clayton Moore, Phyllis Coates and Johnny Sands (Iverson Ranch) Republic [serial]

"The Lone Ranger" (1949-1957) TV Series -- Clayton and Silver (above) starred in 169 episodes

The Lone Ranger (1956) starring Clayton Moore (Lone Ranger) and Jay Silverheels (Tonto) (Iverson Ranch) Warner Bros.

The Perils of Nyoka (1942) starring Kay Aldridge, Clayton Moore and Lorna Gray (photo above) (Iverson Ranch) Republic [serial]

Son of Geronimo: Apache Avenger (1952) starring Clayton Moore (above), Bud Osborne and Tommy Farrell (Iverson Ranch???) Columbia

Clayton played lesser acting roles in the following movies and serials:

Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939) uncredited role as Fernando (Iverson Ranch)(Burro Flats) Republic
Kit Carson (1940) - Jon Hall - Clayton played Paul Terry
Heldorado (1946) - Roy Rogers - Clayton played a Reporter (uncredited)
Along the Oregon Trail (1947) - Monte Hale - Clayton played Gregg Thurston
Marshal of Amarillo (1948) - Allan Lane - Clayton played Art Crandall
The Plunderers (1948) - Rod Cameron - Clayton played Wounded Night Rider (uncredited)
The Far Frontier (1948) - Roy Rogers - Clayton played Tom Sharper
Sheriff of Wichita (1949) - Allan Lane - Clayton played Raymond D'Arcy
Frontier Investigator (1949) - Allan Lane - Clayton played Scott Garnett
The Gay Amigo (1949) - Duncan Renaldo - Clayton played Lieutenant
South of Death Valley (1949) - Charles Starrett - Clayton played Henchman Brad
Bandits of El Dorado (1949) - Charles Starrett - Clayton played B. F. Morgan
Sons of New Mexico (1949) - Gene Autry - Clayton played Henchman Rufe Burns
Cyclone Fury (1951) - Charles Starrett - Clayton played Grat Hanlon
Captive of Billy the Kid (1952) - Allan Lane - Clayton played Paul Howard
Night Stage to Galveston (1952) - Gene Autry - Clayton played Clyde Chambers (uncredited)
Desert Passage (1952) - Tim Holt - Clayton played Dave Warwick
Montana Territory (1952) - Lon McCallister - Clayton played Deputy George Ives
Kansas Pacific (1953) - Sterling Hayden - Clayton played Henchman Stone
Down Laredo Way (1953) - Rex Allen - Clayton played Chip Wells
The Black Dakotas (1954) - Gary Merrill - Clayton played Stone (uncredited)
Apache Ambush (1955) - Bill Williams - Clayton played a Townsman (uncredited)

His roles in television shows include:

Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV series) -- The Trapper Story (1952)
The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV series) -– Snake River Trapper (1952)
Hopalong Cassidy (TV series) -– Lawless Legacy (1952)
The Range Rider (TV series) -– Saga of Silver Town (1953)
The Range Rider (TV series) -- Ambush in Coyote Canyon (1952)
Annie Oakley (TV series) -- Annie Gets Her Man (1954)
Lassie (TV series) -- Peace Patrol (1959) 

1 comment:

  1. Nice tribute, Jerry. I really miss Clayton Moore, and he was an eloquent advocate for the Iverson Movie Ranch. A while ago I posted an L.A. Times article from 1986 on my blog in which Clayton talked about preserving the land and the heritage of Iverson. If you don't mind, I'd like to add the link. Here it is:

    It's a long article, but it's a good one. I hope more people will find it and learn about the fragile Western movie heritage that remains in the northwest corner of the San Fernando Valley.

    Thanks for all you do! Hi-yo Silver ...