Even though he was considered to be shy, Tom Tyler was in fact very articulate – and it shows in an article that he wrote for Broadway and Hollywood Movies (Vol. 4 No. 5, November 1933) magazine. Titled “We Take It and Like It”, this one page article complete with a three pictures of Tom – one where he is punching out a bad guy in one of his many westerns, plus a full page photo of him and Caryl Lincoln in “War of the Range” – reveals something very intimate about the man, mainly, his ability to compose a piece that is almost lyrical, descriptive and captivating – like his movies are. Such an insight reveals that Tom Tyler was a sensitive man, not afraid to be “in touch with his feelings” but in a masculine way, hinting at his nature and personality.
For example, in this article he mentions being born in Port Henry, New York, right in the Adirondacks – and very proud of his birthplace in this hamlet. It seems only natural for a man like Tom Tyler to have been born in such a location, nestled in one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. More will be written about that in a future article here on this blog, but for now, to return to Tom's eloquent words in “We Take It and Like It”, our hero certainly has no problem in taking pride in the roles he plays in his westerns, albeit B-westerns. Tom Tyler was a star, a leading man, clean-cut, unapologetic about playing heroes despite mentioning A-list films and their stars in the article, not out of envy nor comparison, but more out of his knowing what suited his personality, interests and career best. Let's face it, Tom Tyler was not an actor who required a bunch of fancy, lavish sets to be built for him to appear on, nor all kinds of frills associated with being a top-notch actor. Most importantly, as an actor, Tom Tyler embodied the old-fashioned cowboy values so prevalent in westerns. Tom's onscreen persona is not that different from his real-life one: he really was clean cut, very low-key, a quiet life in Hollywood where he could nurture his interests and hobbies when he was not studying scripts nor seeking work. Having said all that, I will let Mr. Tyler take it from here in “We Take It and Like It.” Enjoy the article.