Monday, May 28, 2012

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Addison 'Jack' Randall

Jack Randall (1906-1945) was an American singing cowboy star whose career was greatly over shadowed by that of his brother Robert Livingston.  Prior to entering films he acted and sang on Broadway.

In 1937 Monogram Pictures signed him to make a series of singing cowboy films.  After a few poorly received musical Westerns, Randall continued playing leads in B-Westerns, but not as a singer.  His career rapidly declined, so he moved into supporting parts and villain roles. 

At the age of 39, he died as the result of an equestrian accident while shooting a riding scene for The Royal Mounted Rides Again (1945).

Newspaper account of his death:

Corriganville, CA – Jul 16, 1945 – JACK RANDALL KILLED IN HORSE ACCIDENT
On the first day of filming at Corrigan’s Ranch for Universal’s The Royal Mounted Rides Again (1945), Jack Randall was killed in a fall from his horse. During the third attempt to get a clean shot of a running insert, at the end of the run a piece of paper blew in front of Jack’s horse, causing it to spook and bolt to the left, throwing Randall into a tree. He hit his head and died instantly.

Jack Randall's Santa Susana locations filmogrpaphy includes:

The Cheyenne Kid (1940) starring Addison Randall, Louise Stanley and Kenne Duncan (Iverson Ranch) Monogram

Gunsmoke Trail (1938) starring Addison Randall, Louise Stanley and Al St. John (Brandeis Ranch)(Iverson Ranch) Monogram

Land of Fighting Men (1938) starring Addison Randall, Bruce Bennett and Louise Stanley - Conn

Pioneer Days (1940) starring Addison Randall, June Wilkins and Frank Yaconelli (Iverson Ranch) Monogram

Where the West Begins (1938) starring Addison Randall, Fuzzy Knight and Luana Walters (Brandeis Ranch) Conn

'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.

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

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