Thursday, August 9, 2012

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Rory Calhoun

Rory Calhoun (1922-1999) was an American B-Western cowboy star and television actor, screenwriter and producer.  After a rough start as a teenager that ended with a sentence in San Quentin for armed robbery and other federal charges.  He was eventually paroled shortly before his twenty-first birthday.  In 1943, while horseback riding in the hollywood Hills, he met Alan Ladd -- whose wife was a talent agent.  Through an introduction from Carol Ladd he was signed by David O. Selznick.

During the 1950s he made several successful Westerns.  He moved on to television in the late 1950s, and in 1958 he co-produced and starred in "The Texan" a CBS Western series.  He continued to work in television throughout the 1970s and 1980s.  (photo above is Rory Calhoun with [then] wife Lita Baron on the set of  Four Guns to the Border (1954) at the Iverson Ranch)

Rory Calhoun's Santa Susana locations filmography:

Black Spurs (1965) starring Rory Calhoun, Linda Darnell and Scott Brady (Corriganville)(Iverson Ranch) Paramount

Domino Kid (1957) starring Rory Calhoun, Kristine Miller and Andrew Duggan (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

Four Guns to the Border (1954) starring Rory Calhoun, Colleen Miller and George Nader (Iverson Ranch)(Bell Ranch) Universal

The Gun Hawk (1963) starring Rory Calhoun, Rod Cameron and Ruta Lee (Iverson Ranch) Allied Artists

Massacre River (1949) starring Guy Madison, Rory Calhoun and Carole Mathews (Iverson Ranch) Allied Artists

Return of the Frontiersman (1950) starring Gordon MacRae, Julie London, Rory Calhoun - Warner Bros.

Television appearances:

"The Texan" (1958) TV Series
"Bonanza" (1959) TV Series
"The Virginian" (1962) TV Series
"Wagon Train" (1957) TV Series
"Gunsmoke" (1955) TV Series
"Death Valley Days" (1952) TV Series

'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 (5-1-12)

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