Monday, March 5, 2012

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- George O'Brien

'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 to find information about my books: Rendezvous at Boulder Pass: Hollywood's Fantasyland - 2010 and Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas - 2008.

George O'Brien (1899-1985) was an American actor, who was popular from the silent film era well into the talkie era of the 1940s.

John Ford chose him to star in The Iron Horse opposite actress Madge Bellamy in 1924, from then on he became a successful B-Western cowboy star, and was consistently a top box-office draw appearing in dozens of Westerns over the next two decades.  His favorite (and most often used) movie horse was named Mike.

George O'Brien's Santa Susana locations filmography:

The Arizona Legion (1939) starring George O'Brien (Burro Flats)(Corriganville) RKO

Bullet Code (1940) starring George O'Brien and Virginia Vale (Brandeis and Iverson Ranches) RKO
The Dude Ranger (1934) starring George O’Brien and Irene Hervey - Fox
The Fighting Gringo (1939) starring George O'Brien (Iverson Ranch) RKO

Fort Apache (1948) starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Shirley Temple (Corriganville) RKO
(third from right in the photo above as Capt. Sam Collingwood)

Gold Raiders (1951) starring George O'Brien and the 'Three Stooges' (Iverson Ranch) United Artists

Three Stooges: Moe Howard, Shemp Howard and Larry Fine 

Gun Law (1938) starring George O'Brien and Rita Oehmen (Corriganville) RKO
Hollywood Cowboy (1937) starring George O'Brien, Cecilia Parker and Maude Eburne (Brandeis Ranch) George A. Hirliman Prod.

The Iron Horse (1924) starring George O'Brien, Madge Bellamy and Charles Edward Bull (Iverson Ranch) Fox Film Corp. - directed by John Ford

Lawless Valley (1938) starring George O'Brien (Corriganville) RKO
Legion of the Lawless (1940) starring George O'Brien - RKO
The Marshal of Mesa City (1939) starring George O'Brien - RKO

Noah's Ark (1928) starring Dolores Costello, George O'Brien and Noah Beery (Iverson Ranch) Warner Bros.
Painted Desert (1938) starring George O'Brien (Brandeis Ranch) RKO
Racketeers of the Range (1939) starring George O'Brien (Brandeis Ranch) RKO 

The Renegade Ranger (1938) starring George O’Brien, Rita Hayworth and Tim Holt (Iverson Ranch) RKO

The Silver Treasure (1926) starring George O'Brien, Jack Rollens and Helena D'Algy (Iverson Ranch) Fox Film Corp.
Triple Justice (1940) starring George O'Brien - RKO

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