Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Fred Humes and friend....part 2

Time for another check in on the the late great saddle back simian Fred Humes.
We first met Fred in part one of this post. and now shed a little more light on his mysterious past.
 Thanks to the tireless efforts of our fellow historians, the great George "E-gor" Chastain, and the
frighteningly knowledgeable Doctor Kiss, we have uncovered more amazing facts and fantastic photos of  Fred Humes !

A fellow cowpoke to old "Crash" Corrigan!

As these incredible close-ups from "Circus Rookies, 1928", provided by Doctor Kiss show, this version of Fred's mask (different from the one he wore in Lorraine of the Lions) was similar in appearance to both Charles Gemora's and Emil VanHorns masks. The general appearance is nearly identical to Charlie's suit from "The Circus Kid 1928", but the eye opening is like that of VanHorn, a single large opening rather than two individual eye openings.
                                       A pretty nifty cover photo of Fred as "BIMI".

Louise Lorraine and Bimbo the Gorilla in "Circus Rookies  1928".

Compare the Humes head above, to the Charlie Gemora head from "The Circus Kid" below.

There ya go pardners, another cowboy gorilla to hang out with Crash at the Knuckledragger Ranch !


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  5. I just found LORRAIN OF THE LIONS a few weeks back up on YouTube and it is amazing. According to newspaper articles at the time it was a Universal Jewel, which means it would have probably been regarded at the studio with the same importance as Lon Chaney's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. How is it that we don't know more about LORRAIN and Fred Humes' Gorilla appearance in it? His performance was "Gemora" quality. Elsewhere it was suggested that perhaps Charlie even had a hand in the construction of Fred's suit? Any substantiation available for this statement or are we just assuming that any good ape suit done after a certain point in Hollywood history Charlie had a hand in building?

    The excellent documentary CHARLES GEMORA: UNCREDITED states that the Apeman hair suit that Mr.Gemora made on commission per Perc Westmore at First National for Cecil Holland's missing link make-up on Bull Montana in THE LOST WORLD ('25) was Charlie's first simian suit. If he worked on Fred Hume's suit, it would have had to have been created around the same time (or shortly after). This would mean that Fred's suit would have been Mr.Gemora's first fully constructed (head & body) Gorilla costume? If this is so, then it would be a big deal to identify it as such. Anyway to confirm this?

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