SCV In the Movies | Episode 46: Ken Maynard in ‘Western Frontier’ (1935)
Ken Maynard stars as Ken Masters, a government agent who sets out to round up a gang of rustlers headed by a woman … who turns out to be his long-lost sister. “Western Frontier” (Columbia 1935) uses two of the most famous Western filming locations: the Alabama Hills at Lone Pine, and our own Placerita Canyon in Newhall.
Maynard was no stranger to the Santa Clarita Valley; he purchased his famous Palomino, Tarzan the Wonder Horse, in Newhall in about 1925. He reportedly paid $600 in $50 installments.
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.
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.”©2014 SCVTV