‘Tis the season for a Tom Tyler horror film, even though he starred in only one of this genre, “The Mummy’s Hand”. Playing a movie monster is a demanding role, often requiring many hours of sitting perfectly still in the makeup chair, as Tom had to, appearing as a 3000 year old mummy, having been buried alive as a punishment for having stolen the sacred tanna leaves which guarantee immortality.
Jack Pierce was Tom’s makeup man, and it took a total of six hours every morning to apply the makeup on the filming days when Tom’s role required him to be in front of a camera. According to an article in The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, June 18, 1940, the makeup procedure was described as following: thin slivers of cotton were placed on Tom’s face, neck and hands, followed with saturation of the cotton with spirit gum, creating the wrinkles in Tom’s skin. Once the solution dried, Pierce then painted Tom with a grisly gray paint, then flecked with clay particles. When it came to Tom’s natural dark brown hair, Pierce rubbed clay and glue to make it look like gray plaster, as if it was artistically carved by one of the Masters. The dry clay on the hair and scalp was really uncomfortable for Tom, often creating an itchy sensation which could not be resolved.
When the time came to eat lunch after sitting in the makeup chair, Tom often ate with Pierce, for the rest of the crew and cast could not watch Tom, looking truly hideous in his mummy makeup, while conversing and eating. What actor or actress would want to risk throwing up while filming on the set? But Tom Tyler being himself, would never make a fellow actor or actress feel uncomfortable to the point of nausea as the result of his monster makeup.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
On the pustza I was born,
On the pustza I dwell,
I have no roof above my head.
But I have a horse that can jump fences,
And I am a cowboy of the plains.
Without saddle I can ride,
And my way leads where we choose,
I need no reins to guide my steed,
For I am a cowboy of the plains.
On the pustza I was born,
On the pustza I dwell.
|Delmagyarorszag, April 22, 1948|
The Texas Tornado (1928) – Texasi sárkány
The Law of the Plains (1928) – Küzdelem az igazságért
Trail of the Horse Thieves (1929) – Fekete keselyü
A Rider of the Plains (1931) – A préri réme
Two Fisted Justice (1931) – A félelmetes lovas
Jungle Mystery (1932) – Zungu
The Phantom of the Range (1936) – Az ördög árok kincse
The Feud of the Trail (1937) – A nagy szikla titka
Stagecoach (1939) – Hatosfogat
The Westerner (1940) – Ember a láthatáron
The Mummys Hand (1941) – A Mumia Bosszúja
Talk of the Town (1942) – A csintalan úriember
Red River (1948) – Vörös folyó
Blood on the Moon (1948) – Véres hold
The Younger Brothers (1949) – A fiatalabb fivérek
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) – Sárga szalagot viselt
|The Mummy's Hand 1941|
Thursday, October 11, 2018
One of the more challenging movie cards to find with Tom Tyler on it is the Cine La Alicantina set which was manufactured in Seville, Spain, during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Very little information is known about this particular set, as Cine La Alicantina is not listed in The Movie Card site’s extensive (and always growing) directory. Printed on a paper-thin cardstock, each movie card measured 2 ¾” x 4” in size. The Cine La Alicantina movie card set is printed in black and white, and there are at least 100 cards in the set. The front of each card bears a popular image of the star, while the reverse side has the card number at the bottom, and the following at the top:
Cine La Alicantina
El cine de todos los públicos
(Cinema of all audiences)
Si quiere usted admirar mi trabajo no deje de venir mañana
(If you want to admire my work, do not stop coming tomorrow)
These lines, loosely translated, were meant to encourage the collector of favorite cards to continue patronizing the cinema. The most notable word here is “Jáuregui”, which is Basque for “palace” or “Manor House” - in this case, “movie palace” is implied. Tom Tyler appears on card number 79. Other popular film stars that appeared in the Cine La Alicantina set include Dolores del Rio, Fay Wray, Florence Vidor, Jose Nieto, Milton Sills, Jack Holt, and many others.