Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Rex Bell

Rex Bell (1903-1962) was an American B-western cowboy star and a politician (photo courtesy of Bruce Hickey).  

In 1931, Rex married actress Clara Bow.  Clara (a silent film star) was known as 'The "It" Girl'.  "It" symbolizing the tremendous progress women were making in society.  Rex and Clara are the parents of actor Rex Bell Jr.

In 1944 Bell ran for the United States House of Representatives on the Republican ticket, but lost.  In 1954 he was elected the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada.  He died of a heart attack shortly after attending a July 4th campaign event while running as the Republican candidate for Governor of Nevada in 1962.

His final film appearance was a brief cameo as a cowboy in John Huston's film The Misfits (1961), which was shot on location in Nevada.

Rex Bell's Santa Susanna locations filmography:

The Idaho Kid (1936) starring Rex Bell, Marion Shilling and David Sharpe - Colony

Law and Lead (1936) starring Rex Bell, Hal Taliaferro (as Wally Wales) and Harley Wood - Colony

Men of the Plains (1936) starring Rex Bell, Joan Barclay and George Ball (Brandeis Ranch) Colony

Saddle Aces (1935) starring Rex Bell, Ruth Mix and Buzz Barton (Chatsworth Train Tunnel) Resolute

Stormy Trails (1936) starring Rex Bell, Bob Terry and Lois Wilde (Brandeis Ranch) Colony

The Tonto Kid (1934) starring Rex Bell, Ruth Mix and Buzz Barton - Resolute

Too Much Beef (1936) starring Rex Bell, Constance Bergen and Forrest Taylor - Grand National

West of Nevada (1936) starring Rex Bell, Joan Barclay and Al St. John - Colony 

Supporting roles:

Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die (1942) starring Richard Dix, Edgar Buchanan and Frances Gifford - Paramount

Rex campaigning for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 1955 (photo courtesy of Bruce Hickey).

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

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