Sunday, May 6, 2012

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Tom Keene

Tom Keene (1896 – 1963) was an American cowboy actor who was best known for his roles in B-Westerns between the early 1930s through the 1940s.

In the 1950s, he moved on to television with guest roles on "The Range Rider", "Buffalo Bill, Jr.", "Fury" and "Judge Roy Bean."

Tom Keene's Santa Susana locations filmography:

Cheyenne Kid (1933) starring Tom Keene, Mary Mason and Roscoe Ates (Brandeis Ranch)(Iverson Ranch) RKO

Come on Danger! (1932) starring Tom Keene, Julie Haydon and Roscoe Ates (Iverson Ranch)(photo courtesy of Bruce Hickey) RKO

Desert Gold (1936) - Buster Crabbe, Robert Cummings, Marsha Hunt and Tom Keene (Iverson Ranch)(photo courtesy of Bruce Hickey) Paramount

Freighters of Destiny (1931) starring Tom Keene, Barbara Kent and Mitchell Harris - RKO
The Glory Trail (1936) starring Tom Keene, Joan Barclay and James Bush - Crescent

Partners (1932) starring Tom Keene, Nancy Drexel and Otis Harlan - RKO
Rebellion (1936) starring Tom Keene, Rita Hayworth and Duncan Renaldo - Crescent
Romance of the Rockies (1937) starring Tom Keene, Beryl Wallace and Don Orlando (Iverson Ranch) Monogram

Wanderers of the West (1941) starring Tom Keene, Sugar Dawn and Slim Andrews - Monogram

'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.

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    I stumbled upon your fabulous blog while researching an old photo I'd just purchased - what a wonderful resource! Your grandsons are very fortunate...

    So, my photo is of a cowboy holding 2 babies and a six-shooter in an old black gesso frame, Art Nouveau style. The paper on the back of the frame is definitely old, darkened by age & brittle.

    The odd thing about my pic is the background is sepia but the figure is in black & white, with a bit of obvious retouching on the infant's hands; almost looks like a composite. Could it have been some sort of publicity shot? The visible area measures 13"h by 10"w...

    Would you mind taking a look at it? Here's a link:

    I purchased it from an estate sale in El Cerrito, CA.

    Thanks very much for your blog,