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SCV In the Movies | Episode 49: Buster Crabbe is ‘Billy The Kid Trapped’

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Episode 49: Buster Crabbe is ‘Billy The Kid Trapped’

SCV In the Movies, Episode 51: “Billy The Kid Trapped”


Countless Westerns were shot at the movie ranches in Santa Clarita, and “Billy the Kid Trapped” is no exception.  Shot at Monogram Ranch in Placerita Canyon, this movie used its town sets to great effect.  For “Billy the Kid Trapped,” the town – originally built by Ernie Hickson from pieces and parts taken from real Nevada ghost towns – stands in for Mesa City.  “Billy the Kid Trapped” is one of a series of movies that attempted to make the notorious Billy the Kid appear a good guy and the victim of mistaken identity.




E.J. StephensE.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.

Early Warner Bros. BookE.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.


Bill WestBill 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 and LilianaBill 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.”

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