SCV Historical Society | The Stuff of Legend: James Dean’s Final Ride
Did he or didn’t he stop for a bite to eat in the Santa Clarita Valley on the day he died? Local film historian E.J. Stephens strives to answer that question as he goes on location to interview all three CHP officers who were involved with Dean one way or another on that fateful day (Sept. 30, 1955) — Officer Otie Hunter, who ticketed Dean for speeding; and Officers Ernie Tripke and Ronald Nelson, who investigated the fatal crash.
Interviews conducted February 15, 2009
Producer: Leon Worden
Co-producers: Dr. Alan Pollack and E.J. Stephens
Editor: Megan Perez
Camera: Megan Perez, Susan Shapiro, Leon Worden