Mabel Hall and "Charlie"
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Another shot from the 1953 Michigan State Fair.
Posted by Buckles at 3/31/2012 05:35:00 AM
Before too long, a third elephant calf has joined Elsa’s “family.” As she leads them to a nearby water hole for a bath, the incidental music heard on the soundtrack is Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk” which later became an international hit. (The three little elephants along with some additional animals and their trainer Jan Oelofse, were later flown to Hollywood on board a DC6 to film additional scenes. I believe that one of the calves eventually ended up in the San Diego Zoo, while another one went to the Dubbo Zoo in Australia.)
Posted by Buckles at 3/31/2012 05:14:00 AM
Although the rhino appears to be securely tied, it escapes and must be recaptured. (During filming, the rhino actually did escape and the actors really did have to recapture it. Howard Hawks left this sequence in the film because of its realism.)
Posted by Buckles at 3/31/2012 05:09:00 AM
With the rhino now safely trussed up, it only remains to transfer it to a shipping crate. The “rhino jinx” has been broken.
Posted by Buckles at 3/31/2012 05:07:00 AM
Friday, March 30, 2012
You're right, I've hand raised a few of these little guys, feeding on a 24 hour scheduele. The worst thing was to having to stop while enroute and wait while Barbara heated up the formuila, consisting of secret herbs and and spices, feed thd then press on.
Posted by Buckles at 3/30/2012 02:32:00 PM
Hello Mr Woodcock,
Posted by Buckles at 3/30/2012 12:10:00 PM
Ok, gang. It’s time to roll out the blog projector and have another movie. This time, it’s an animal film made on location in East Africa over 50 years ago: HATARI (which is Swahili for “Danger.”) The plot centers around an African game ranch that captures animals for zoos BTD (before tranquilizer darts.) Exterior location filming took place in Tanganyika (which is now part of Tanzania.)
Posted by Buckles at 3/30/2012 06:03:00 AM
Produced and director by Howard Hawks, HATARI stars John Wayne. Here Wayne and Valentin de Vargas (right) survey the veldt in search of names that are on their list of animals to be captured. (Some of the filming took place in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area located on the floor of a huge, collapsed volcano.)
Posted by Buckles at 3/30/2012 06:00:00 AM
Strapped to a seat mounted on the hood of one of the safari trucks, John Wayne is ready for action. It was originally planned that HATARI would star both Clark Gable and John Wayne. (Earlier, Gable had played a very similar role in MOGAMBO.) However Gable’s asking price was too high and, in any case, he died before HATARI went into production.)
Posted by Buckles at 3/30/2012 05:59:00 AM
Many of the animal captures shown in HATARI involve high-speed chases, with the animals being snared or lassoed while on the run. According to Howard Hawks, all the animal captures shown on screen were performed by the actual actors. Cinematography was by Russell Harlan who won an Academy Award nomination for his work. The filming was done under very dangerous conditions, with animals destroying three cameras while on location. Today, all of this action would probably be done using computers.
Posted by Buckles at 3/30/2012 05:56:00 AM
When an orphan elephant calf is encountered in the bush, Elsa Martinelli volunteers to become its foster mother. (It is alleged that Howard Hawks personally bought Elsa’s safari outfits at a New York department store.)
Posted by Buckles at 3/30/2012 05:47:00 AM
While attempting to capture the more dangerous animals, John Wayne remained safely inside the back of the truck. (During this particular sequence, the buffalo can be seen ramming the side of the truck with its head.)
Posted by Buckles at 3/30/2012 05:38:00 AM
Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Posted by Buckles at 3/28/2012 05:57:00 AM
As a follow up on the Bailey Bros elephant photo, I will travel to Iola, Kansas this week to see what I can learn of their 1947 visit to Riverside Park. I have heard the show scored some heat on occasion.
Posted by Buckles at 3/28/2012 05:53:00 AM
Clyde Beatty Circus - - Workingmen hitching a ride on the pole wagon (back of the photo reads Rhinelander, Wisconsin 1953, which according to my route sheet would have been on August 5th).
Posted by Buckles at 3/28/2012 05:45:00 AM
Clyde Beatty Circus - - Elephants headed to lot
Posted by Buckles at 3/28/2012 05:42:00 AM