ORIGINALLY POSTED 3-14-2009
I have spent a lot of time poking about Gemora ephemera and print articles as of late. With newly purchased access to a few newspaper databases, I have come across scads of material about all of our usual players on GORILLA MEN, Corrigan, Barrows, Calvert, Van Horn and, of course, the Greatest of them all, Charles Gemora. After many years of scrounging Ebay and local libraries for anything to do with these films and performers, I can say that I have uncovered relatively little information about them. Without having close and easy access to the various institutions down in sunny California that house the bulk of American entertainment history, it has been a tough go for a pathologically obsessed geek, trapped on Vancouver Island. The first day I started perusing the LA TIMES and CHICAGO TRIBUNE the wife was disturbed by my little girl screams as I stumbled across item after item about my favourite fellows. There is a surprisingly rich vein of material to be drawn from the daily rags, so rich, in fact, that I have difficulty reigning in the desire to keep searching for the next piece and focus instead on appreciating how a particular discovery fits into the tapestry. It's been a thrill to trip across a number of articles that confirm suspicions I've held and others that have illuminated other Golden Age gorilla men I was unaware of. There's a great deal to digest and share, with more surfacing every week but I've guaranteed that I won't run out of steam any time soon.
THE MONSTER AND THE GIRL (1941) still I posted a few days back inspired me this afternoon to search the year of release for material related to the film and here is nice selection of print ads for the film.
More great stuff to follow!