Friday, January 4, 2013

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- John Carradine

John Carradine (1906–1988) was an American actor, best known for his roles in Shakespearean theater, horror films and Westerns. He was a member of Cecil B. DeMille's stock company and later John Ford's company.  He was one of the most prolific character actors in Hollywood history.  He was married several times, had several children and was the patriarch of the Carradine family, including four of his sons and four of his grandchildren who are or were also actors.

Between 1930 and 1990 he played in more than 340 film and television titles.

His starring roles at Santa Susana filming locations include:

Grapes Of Wrath, The (1940) starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine (Iverson Ranch) 20th Century Fox

Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943) starring John Carradine, Gale Sondergaard and Sidney Toler (Corriganville) PRC

Black Parachute, The (1944) starring John Carradine, Osa Massen, Larry Parks (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

Hidden Guns (1956) starring Bruce Bennett, Richard Arlen, John Carradine (Corriganville) Republic

Billy the Kid versus Dracula (1966) starring John Carradine, Chuck Courtney and Melinda Plowman (Corriganville) Embassy Pictures

Tomb, The (1986) starring Cameron Mitchell, John Carradine and Sybil Danning (Iverson Ranch) Trans World Ent

His supporting roles at Santa Susana filming locations include:

Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937) starring Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin and Roland Young - Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin and Roland Young

Stagecoach (1939) starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor and Andy Devine (Iverson Ranch) United Artists (the photo at the top courtesy of Bruce Hickey is also from Stagecoach)

Captain Fury (1939) starring Brian Aherne, Victor McLaglen and Paul Lukas (Iverson Ranch) UA

Silver Spurs (1943) starring Roy Rogers, Trigger and Smiley Burnette (Iverson Ranch) Republic

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

Oregon Trail, The (1959) starring Fred MacMurray, William Bishop and Nina Shipman - 20th Century-Fox

His television Roles at Santa Susana filming locations include:

"Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" (1951) TV Series -- Episode: The Gorilla of Owl Hoot Mesa (1954)

"Playhouse 90" (1956) TV Series -- Episode: Snowshoes: A Comedy of People and Horses (1957)

"Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957) TV Series --  Episode: The Statue of San Sebastian (1958)

"Cimarron City" (1958) TV Series -- Episode: Child of Fear (1959)

"Bat Masterson" (1958) TV Series -- Episode: The Tumbleweed Wagon (1959)

"Tombstone Territory" (1957) TV Series -- Episode: The Man from Brewster (1959)

"Rifleman, The" (1958) TV Series -- Episode: The Mind Reader (1959) and  The Photographer (1959)

"Gunsmoke" (1955) TV Series -- Episode: Reed Survives (1955) and Target (1959)

"Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, The" (1955) TV Series -- Episode: Reed Survives (1955)

"Johnny Ringo" (1959) TV Series -- Episode: The Rain Man (1959)

"Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958) TV Series -- Episode: Tolliver Bender (1960)

"Rebel, The" (1959) TV Series -- Episode: Johnny Yuma (1959) and The Bequest (1960)

"Wagon Train" (1957) TV Series -- Episode: The Dora Gray Story (1958) and The Colter Craven Story (1960)

"Maverick" (TV Series 1957–1962) -- Episode: Red Dog (1961)

"Death Valley Days" (1952) TV Series -- Episode: Miracle at Boot Hill (1961)

"Legend of Jesse James, The" (1965) TV Series -- Episode: As Far as the Sea (1966)

"Daniel Boone" (1964) TV Series -- Episode: The Witness (1968)

"Big Valley, The" (1965) TV Series -- Episode: Town of No Exit (1969)

"Bonanza" (1959) TV Series -- Episode: Springtime (1961) and Dead Wrong (1969)


  1. Great blog and legacy for your grandsons. Do you know who the woman is in the picture with John from Stagecoach? It's not Claire Trevor.

  2. Sorry, I don't know. I looked at Imdb, but didn't find anyone that fit.

  3. We only see the woman's corpse for an instant, Carradine's Hatfield covering the evidence to avoid alarming Lucy Mallory.