Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Johnny Mack Brown
Monogram (Melody) Ranch, Placerita Canyon

Johnny Mack Brown, star of "B" Westerns in the 1930s and '40s, is at right. The identity of the man at left is not known. An original caption identifies the man as Joe Brooks — Trooper Vanderbilt in TV's "F Troop" — but Brooks' son, Mike Brooks, informs us (Jan. 29, 2006) that it definitely is not him. The photo was taken at the Monogram Ranch (later Melody Ranch) in Placerita Canyon, Newhall, in 1949.

The original (erroneous) caption reads as follows:

From left to right: Joe Brooks and Johnny Mack Brown. This photo was taken at Monogram's ranch in Newhall in 1949. Johnny's first Western was for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, titled "Billy The Kid." From there he went to Universal for a series of Westerns; later he made a number of "oaters" for dear old Monogram. He also starred with Greta Garbo in the famous silent, "The Green Hat."

(Note: The reference to "The Green Hat" is unverified.)

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At Monogram Ranch 1949


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Gunning for Justice 1948

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