SCV In the Movies | Episode 23: Blue Steel
Lone Star Productions 1934
Robert N. Bradbury directs and co-produces (with Paul Malvern) another Monogram/Lone Star picture shot on location at Trem Carr’s movie ranch in Placerita Canyon, located where the Disney Golden Oak Ranch sits today. Two years later, when his 5-year lease expired in 1936, Carr picked up sticks and trucked his Western movie town down Placerita Canyon Road to his pal Ernie Hickson’s newly purchased property that would come to be known as Melody Ranch.
As always in these John Wayne/Lone Star pictures, Carr was vice president in charge of production, Hickson was technical director (and likely handled the set design), Archie Stout was the cinematographer, and the inimitable Yakima Canutt was Wayne’s stunt double — in addition to playing his own bad-guy role.
ABOUT E.J. STEPHENS
E.J. Stephens is a noted Hollywood historian, author, lecturer and tour guide. An Indiana native, E.J. has lived for 10 years in the Santa Clarita Valley with his wife Kimi and their two children, Mariah and Dylan.
By day, E.J. can be found in Burbank on the Warner Bros. Studios lot where he is a tour guide and an audience coordinator on Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show. When not giving tours at the studio, E.J. and Kimi host tours of their own for their Newhall-based company, Newhallywood Tours.
E.J. has co-written four books on subjects ranging from the history of Warner Bros. and Paramount to Griffith Park and the Santa Clarita Valley (the latter with Kimi and Dr. Alan Pollack). The trio is currently working on another SCV history book titled “Then & Now: The Santa Clarita Valley,” scheduled to hit the shelves in early 2014.
ABOUT BILL WEST
Bill West is a movie nut who serves on the board of Friends of Hart Park, gives tours of the Hart Mansion and maintains the Friends’ website.
In his spare time, Bill writes software for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he has contributed to Star Tours, Toy Story Midway Mania, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and other attractions. Previously, he wrote software at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Bill enjoys lounge music and he plays the drums for pickup bands. He lives in Santa Clarita with his Realtor (his wife Liliana) and their son Josh. Pets include Maya the Mutt, Luigi the Canary, and a cat whose name he can’t pronounce but is Polish for “kitty.”