Saturday, June 9, 2012

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Jack Perrin

Jack Perrin (1896-1967) was an American cowboy actor and silent film star.  Perrin may have worked in films as early in 1915, with Mack Sennett, before enlisting in the Navy in World War I.  The photo above is Jack and his horse Starlight (courtesy of Bruce Hickey).

After World War I, about 1919, he landed a contract with Universal.  In 1921 he left Universal and starred in dozens of B-Westerns for smaller studios such as Rayart (later Monogram), Aywon and Arrow Pictures.

In the late 1920s he returned to Universal to star in a series of Canadian Mountie adventure pictures.  Like many early Hollywood cowboys Perrin fell victim to the "talkies," and was forced to start accepting supporting roles and bit parts.  

Bobby Copeland in his excellent book Silent Hoodbeats tells us Jack's horse was billed as Starlight, the Wonder Horse, but he deserved better support.  I agree there's a scene in Gun Grit where starlight actually runs down and eliminates a bad guy :-)

During his nearly 50 year long career in both film and television he appeared in over 330 titles.

Starring roles at Santa Susanna locations:

Gun Grit (1936) starring Jack Perrin, Ethel Beck and David Sharpe (Brandeis Ranch)(Chatsworth Depot) Atlantic.

Supporting roles and bit parts at Santa Susanna locations:

The Painted Stallion (1937) - Ray Corrigan, Hoot Gibson and LeRoy Mason - Republic (Jack is far left in photo above)

The Last Train from Madrid (1937) - Dorothy Lamour, Lew Ayres and Gilbert Roland (Iverson Ranch) Paramount

Wells Fargo (1937) - Joel McCrea, Bob Burns and Frances Dee (Iverson Ranch) Paramount

The Purple Vigilantes (1938) - Robert Livingston,  Ray “Crash” Corrigan, Max Terhune - Republic 

The Lone Ranger (1938) - Lee Powell, Chief Thundercloud and Silver King the Horse (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Western Jamboree (1938) - Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette and Jean Rouverol - Republic

The Arizona Kid (1939) - Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes and Sally March (Iverson Ranch) Republic

South of the Border (1939) - Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette and June Storey (Corriganville) Republic

Terry And The Pirates (1940) - William Tracy, Jeff York and Joyce Bryant (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

Billy the Kid Outlawed (1940) - Bob Steele, Louise Currie and Al St. John - (Brandeis Ranch) PRC

West of Pinto Basin (1940) - Ray Corrigan, John 'Dusty' King and Max Terhune - Monogram

Riders of Death Valley (1941) - Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo and Buck Jones (Iverson Ranch) Universal

Captain Midnight (1942) - Dave O'Brien, Dorothy Short and James Craven (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

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

El Paso (1949) - John Payne, Gail Russell and Sterling Hayden (Iverson Ranch)(Corriganville) Paramount

White Heat (1949) - James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Edmond O'Brien (Chatsworth Railroad) Warner Bros.

Twilight in the Sierras (1950) - Roy Rogers, Trigger and Dale Evans (Iverson Ranch) Republic

I Shot Billy the Kid (1950) - Don 'Red' Barry, Robert Lowery and Wally Vernon - Lippert

Train to Tombstone (1950) - Don 'Red' Barry, Robert Lowery and Wally Vernon - Lippert

Wells Fargo Gunmaster (1951) - Allan Lane, Black Jack and Chubby Johnson (Iverson Ranch) Republic

The Mississippi Gambler (1953) - Tyrone Power, Piper Laurie and Julie Adams (Corriganville) Universal

Red River Shore (1953) - Rex Allen, Slim Pickens and Lyn Thomas (Burro Flats) Republic

Riding Shotgun (1954) - Randolph Scott, Wayne Morris and Joan Weldon (Bell Ranch) Warner Bros.

Around the World In 80 Days (1956) - David Niven, Cantinflas and Finlay Currie (Iverson Ranch) UA

The Iron Sheriff (1957) - Sterling Hayden, Constance Ford and John Dehner (Corriganville) United Artists

Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957) - Randolph Scott, James Craig and Angie Dickinson - Warner Bros.

Noose for a Gunman (1960) - Jim Davis, Barton MacLane and Lyn Thomas (Iverson Ranch)(Corriganville) United Artists

"Stories of the Century" (TV series) 1955
"The Gene Autry Show" (TV series) 1955
"Buffalo Bill, Jr." (TV series) 1955, 1956
"Annie Oakley" (TV series) 1955, 1956
"The Californians" (TV series) 1957, 1958
"Wanted: Dead or Alive" (TV series) 1959
"The Deputy" (TV series) 1960
"Gunsmoke" (TV series) 1956, 1962
"Maverick" (TV series) 1961, 1962

Disclaimer: This list of movie titles and credits has been compiled from many sources.  It has not been independently verified.  Titles with location credits in parentheses are either movies I own or come from a source I feel has a higher level of creditability. 

'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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