SCV In the Movies | Episdeo 31: Broadway to Cheyenne (Monogram 1932)
Episode 31: Broadway to Cheyenne (Monogram 1932)
The Trem Carr movie ranch (now Disney) in Placerita Canyon and Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce feature prominently in this 1932 Monogram gangster-cowboy picture, “Broadway to Cheyenne,” starring Rex Bell – who went on to serve as lieutenant governor of Nevada from 1954 until 1962, when he died during a campaign kickoff event for his run for governor.
“Broadway to Cheyenne” was put together by a team that churned out hundreds of hourlong films in the early 1930s: Producer Carr, set designer Ernie Hickson and cinematographer Archie Stout, together with occasional director Harry L. Fraser. At the time, Carr’s movie ranch, est. 1931, was located east of present-day Highway 14; after 1936, when Carr lost his lease, the production team moved west down Placerita Canyon Road to property owned by Hickson. There they established the Monogram movie ranch, which eventually became Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch.
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.”