Friday, November 16, 2018

Aventuras de Tom Tyler: Celebrating four years

Now moving into its fourth year, Aventuras de Tom Tyler remains proactive in tracking down Tom Tyler's lost films and seeking to have them restored and digitized.

The letter writing process in itself is time consuming when it comes to finding these lost films, as is the overall maintenance and present restructuring of this website. There is a reason for the recreation of the silent film pages; prior to Lantern Media History and Newspapers.com, it was next to impossible to find plot information about Tom's FBO silent films. The Library of Congress maintains and updates its list of found lost films annually, which is referred to as soon as it is available. The LOC American Silent Feature Film Survival Database is also a valuable tool and one of the first referred to in the early stages of this website. Since the inception of "Aventuras de Tom Tyler", more of Tom Tyler's lost films have been popping up. Our goal for 2019; to see these existing silent films restored and digitized. Following is the list of previously lost films:

Existing Tom Tyler FBO silent films and their archival locations:

The Wyoming Wildcat (1925) There is a 35mm print at Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Born to Battle (1926) There is a 35mm print at Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Wild to Go (1926) There is a 35mm print at Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
The Cowboy Cop (1926) There is a 16mm duplicate negative print is archives at EYE, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Masquerade Bandit (1926) There is a 35mm print at Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
The Arizona Streak (1926) There is a 35mm print at Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Born to Battle (1926) Three 35mm prints exist as follows: The Library of Congress, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive, Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique
Cyclone of the Range (1927) There is a 35mm print at Filmoteca Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain
The Flying U Ranch (1927) There is a 35mm print at Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
The Phantom of the Range (1928) There is a 35mm print at Instituto Valenciano De Cinematografia in Valencia, Spain
Terror Mountain (1928) There is a 35mm print at Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Lightning Lariats (1927) There is a 35mm print at Gosfilmofond in Moscow, Russia
The Avenging Rider (1928) There is a 35mm fragment at Gosfilmofond in Moscow, Russia

All of the above titles are under RKO copyright; restoration/distribution by Turner Home Entertainment/Warner Brothers.

Existing Syndicate Pictures silent films and their locations:

The Man from Nevada (1928) one print is at Museum of Modern Art, New York; the second, at USC The Hugh Hefner Moving Picture Archive, CA
Pioneers of the West (1928) is owned by a private collector

Existing Trem Carr talkies:

The Man from New Mexico (1932) There is a 35mm print at George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY

Existing Universal film serials:

Jungle Mystery (1932) (has been restored; needs to be digitized and on DVD for consumer market)
Clancy of the Mounted (1933) All 12 chapters are at British Film Institute, London, UK

Lost Syndicate Pictures silent films:

The Law of the Plains (1929)
The Phantom Rider (1929)
The Lone Horseman (1929)
'Neath Western Skies (1929)

Lost Trem Carr talkies:

The Man from Death Valley (1931)
Partners of the Trail (1931)
Galloping Thru (1931)
Vanishing Men (1932)

Special Cases:

Tom's Gang (1927) There was a 35mm print at Filmoteca Española, Madrid but no longer is in their collection, and there is no record of its deaccessioning.

While "The Texas Tornado" (1928) exists on DVD (Sinister Cinema), one reel from the original print is missing; a complete 35mm print is at British Film Institute, London, UK.

While "Two Fisted Justice" (1931) exists on DVD (Sinister Cinema), one reel is missing; a more complete 16mm print is at UCLA.


Please note that all film archives listed have in fact been verified as holding the above named silent films, plus "The Man from New Mexico".

A final note to all readers of this blog post: please share this post across your social media accounts, your websites (please link to this original article!), to any film collectors you know who might hold one of these lost film titles in their collections, anyone you know who is connected with the preservation departments at Turner Home Entertainment/Warner Brothers or Universal, anyone who may be interested in restoration/digitization of Tom Tyler's public domain films. It has been a long time in coming for Tom Tyler's lost films to be given a chance at survival, restoration and digitization.



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