Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Thornton Edwards
"Robin Hood of Monterey" (1946)

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Thornton Edwards (right foreground*), the so-called "Paul Revere of the St. Francis Dam Disaster," who rode his police motorcycle door-to-door during the wee hours of March 13, 1928, to warn sleepy Santa Paula residents of the impending flood, co-stars in Monogram's 1946 Cisco Kid picture, "Robin Hood of Monterey."

Read about Edwards' police and film careers here.

Filmed at the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth and possibly in Placerita Canyon, "Robin Hood of Monterey" features Gilbert Roland as The Cisco Kid and Edwards as El Capitan along with Chris-Pin Martin, Evelyn Brent, Jack La Rue, Pedro de Cordoba, Donna Martell, Travis Kent, Nestor Paiva and Ernie Adams. Uncredited cast includes Fred Cordova, Ray Jones, Bob McElroy, Alex Montoya, George Navarro, Artie Ortego, Julian Rivero, Felipe Turich and Bob Woodward.

Placeritos (Monogram) Ranch owner E.R. "Ernie" Hickson is credited as the technical director and is listed on IMDB as the art director, which gives a strong indication that his movie ranch (the future Melody Ranch) was probably used. Hickson was usually listed as technical and/or art director when he provided sets (his movie ranch) and props from his on-site prop warehouse.

*cq: Peggy Kelly

LW3509: 9600 dpi jpeg from original photograph purchased 2019 by Leon Worden.

• Thornton Edwards, Hero of the St. Francis Dam Disaster


Badge for Bravery / St. Francis Dam 1928



Film Clip: The Grapes of Wrath 1940


Film Clip: Desperate Cargo 1941


Panther's Claw 1942


Robin Hood of Monterey 1946

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