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SPEAK FROM THE HEART
On July 1, 1916, All-Story Weekly published the third part of “The Return of the Mucker.” The cover illustration is for the first installment of “Face Value” by Edgar Franklin (Sterns). I was unable to find any evidence that “Face Value” has ever been printed in any other format than this issue of All-Story. The only other contributors to this issue that I recognize are Frank Condon, a Hollywood screen writer, and Captain A. E. (Edward) Dingle, a sailor who was shipwrecked five times, and a prolific writer of seafaring tales. I would have thought that after the third wreck, people would refuse to go to sea with the man.
“Speak From The Heart” is today’s drabble.
Jose listened to Billy Byrne and Barbara Harding say good-bye. “Billy, the lady, she loves you very much.”
“Wrong, she’d never give two cents for a mug like me.”
“Grayson paid Esteban and his men to capture her.”
“I’ll save her, but not for love or money. It’s the decent thing to do.”
“Norte Americanos make up the best stories. You even believe yourselves.”
“You callin' me a liar.”
“Si, to yourself. Love is to be celebrated, not hidden away. Do you fear being happy?”
“You’re right. I’ll tell her.”
“Then best we hurry. Esteban has a good head start.”
POP THE QUESTION
July 2, 1928: On this day the stars of Tarzan and the Golden Lion, Joan Burroughs and James Pierce announced their engagement. He popped the question while they were parked in the driveway of the Burroughs estate -- under a full moon -- in Jim's old Model T. They were given the blessing of the Burroughs family and set the wedding date for August 8, 1928 -- Jim's birthday. The couple played Tarzan and Jane in 354 episodes of the Tarzan Radio Serial. They worked for royalties, unlike the rest of the cast. It was a great decision. The couple remained married until Joan’s death in 1972.
“Pop The Question” is today’s drabble.
Joan Burroughs and Jim Pierce walked into Edgar Rice Burroughs’ office. Joan said, “Dad, we’ve something to tell you.”
Burroughs smirked at the uncomfortable couple. “I’m listening.”
“Jim’s asked me to marry him and I’ve said yes.”
“I see. Have you told your mother?”
“Yes. She said we had to talk to you.”
Burroughs glared at Pierce. “Well young man, what do you have to say for yourself?”
“I love Joan and she loves me. We want to be married.”
Joan said, “Well, Dad. What do you say?”
“I’d say it’s about time. I glad you came to your senses.”
July 3, 1947 On this day Edgar Rice Burroughs bought his first television, a RCA. He must have viewed it as a marvel. Remember he was born to a world of candles and gas lamps, well before radio, cars, airplanes, and even wide spread electric service. In 1925, only half the homes in the United States had service. KDKA in Pittsburg made the first U. S. commercial radio broadcast on November 2, 1920. Television may have seen like an invention by Ras Thavas. Burroughs reportedly enjoyed sports on television, especially boxing, wrestling, and baseball.
"New Television" is the drabble today.
“Dad, are you going to watch that thing all day.”
“I like baseball, but there aren’t any teams in California.”
“Don’t sit so close, you’ll ruin your eyes.”
“I’d go to baseball games if there was a team out here. I think I’ll write a letter to the Dodgers. They don’t get any respect in New York.”
“Great idea. Turn off the television and write the letter. I think his name’s O’Malley.”
Burroughs poured himself another drink. "Maybe tomorrow. Gorgeous George is wrestling Baby Sharkey later today. I can’t miss it. Did you know some people believe wrestling is fake?”
DON'T BE PITHY
July 4, 1954: On US Independence Day, the John Celardo and Dick Van Buren Sunday Tarzan comic strip, “Tarzan and the Trappers,” concluded a 16 week run. The title of this Tarzan adventure is not related to the Gordon Scott film of the same name. The movie, “Tarzan and the Trappers” was originally filmed as three television episodes and released in 1958. Most of the John Celardo Tarzan Sunday pages aren’t available online or in print but will soon be featured in ERBzine. The Celardo Tarzan Dailies are all reprinted in ERBzine.
"Don’t Be Pithy" is the drabble today.
Celardo turned in the last four episodes of the Sunday strip, “Tarzan and the Egyptians.” Van Buren handed him the script for the next story line, “Tarzan and the Trappers.”
Celardo said, “You wrote Devil-Man, Mongol Horde, Ghost Lion, and Panther Men for Bob Lubbers and I get “Trappers.” Where’s the fun in that?”
“The title rolls off the tongue. Tarzan and the Trappers. I like the way it sounds.”
“Sounds boring to me.”
“Just draw it. Later I’ll write pirates, panthers, and even killer whales.”
“Okay, you’re lucky I like to draw pith helmets. That’s fun to say too.”
SEPARATED BY COMMON LANGUAGE
July 5, 1927: On this day Edgar Rice Burroughs made it clear that he was unhappy with Methuen, his publisher in England, who had made made changes to this text and even deleted words and passages. Burroughs demanded that this practice stop immediately. The next book scheduled to be published by Metheun was “The War Chief.” Burroughs insisted that it be published as written.
Methuen Publishing Ltd is an English publishing house founded in 1889 by Sir Algernon Methuen and began publishing in London in 1892. Initially Methuen mainly published non-fiction academic works, eventually diversifying to encourage female authors and later translated works.
“Separated by a Common Language” is the drabble today.
“Sir Algernon, have you seen this communication from the Tarzan fellow. Quite cheeky, actually.”
“Indeed, Reginald. He’s complains that we correct his spelling. I should think he would thank us.”
“Yes, he uses the letter ‘Z’ when anyone with a spot of education would use the letter ‘S’.”
“Uncivilised and unhonourable behavior. I assume we delete passages which offend common decency.”
“As always, Sir Algernon.”
“I rather believe we should honour his demand and make no changes in his next book.”
“Readers will take umbrage at the poor spelling.”
“As well they should. The language is called English, not American.”
EVOLUTION IS UNDENIABLE
July 6, 1925: On this day Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote a pro-evolution article, EVOLUTION HELD UNDENIABLE - NATURE'S LAW, SAYS AUTHOR, was published by the International Press Bureau and Universal Service newspapers. Some sources credit the date as July 5th. This was in response to the Scopes Trial taking place in Dayton, Tennessee. The trial is quite mythical, but it’s origins are largely unknown.
The Scopes Trial, formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial, was an American legal case in July 1925 in which a substitute high school teacher, John T. Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which had made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school. The trial was deliberately staged in order to attract publicity to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, where it was held. Scopes was unsure whether he had ever actually taught evolution, but he purposely incriminated himself so that the case could have a defendant. (I had no idea that Scopes volunteered. Shame on me.) Hoping to attract major press coverage, local business men went so far as to write to the British novelist H. G. Wells asking him to join the defense team. Wells replied that he had no legal training in Britain, let alone in America, and declined the offer.
The photo is from the trial, portions were moved outdoors because of the oppressive heat.
“Evolution is Undeniable” is today’s drabble. It is 110 words long and is an excerpt from the Edgar Rice Burroughs article,
I do not believe that the most ardent anti-evolutionist will question the existence of the Cro-Magnon man, or hesitate to admit the possibility of our descent from him; nor will he deny that man's mental attainments, unfolding from the savage brains of this primitive ancestor, have broadened and improve in the 25,000 years since the people of this extinct race drew in red ochre the mammoth, the bison and the lion upon the walls of their caves, and if he admits this, which is obvious, then he must admit that nature, or God, purposed that there should be improvement , or development, or unfoldment, or evolution in some slight degree.
July 7, 1917: All-Story Weekly published part two of “The Lad and the Lion.” The cover illustration is by William, one name only. The single named artist drew a half dozen All-Story covers before disappearing or using a different name. The head shot art of a young woman illustrates the Frank R. Adams’ story, “Passengers for Paradise.” Adams wrote over two hundred stories for the pulps, several novels, screenplays, and, and lyrics for several popular songs, including "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now."
“Learning Curve" is today’s drabble.
Prince Ferdinand was a thoroughly unpleasant child. He grew up to be a thoroughly unpleasant young man. He hated everyone and everyone hated him. He liked it that way. As his seventeenth birthday approached, the only people he didn’t hate were his toady, Max Lomsk, and the gardener’s daughter, Hilda.
He kidnapped Hilda and took her to his hunting lodge.
His father intervened. “Son, you will marry Princess Maria. No gardener’s daughter for you. Send her home.”
“But, Maria is ugly. I hate her.”
“No matter, you hate everyone.”
“Maria doesn’t hate me.”
“Give her time. She’s a quick learner.”
June 8, 1959: On this day "Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure” starring Gordon Scott was released. The cast included a relatively unknown actor from Glasgow, Scotland named Sean Connery. Connery played a heavies, a man named O’Bannion. Sy Weintraub, one of the two producers followed through on his earlier decision to leave Jane out of his Tarzan movies. The female lead, Angie, is played by Sara Shane, born Elaine Sterling. Sara Shane moved to television and appeared in Outer Limits and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episodes. Her career ended after 1964. She had roles in a number of movies prior to Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure including “Magnificent Obsession” with Rock Hudson.Gordon Scott made one more Tarzan film, “Tarzan the Magnificent” before moving on to play Samson, Goliath, Hercules, and Zorro in a number of predominately Italian produced sword and sorcery epics. Mr. Connery found a small niche to fill and over the next fifty or so years played pretty much in whatever films he chose. The fourth actor in the attached film stills is Anthony Quayle.
“Career Moves” is today’s drabble.
Gordon Scott, Sara Shane, and Sean Connery waited while the crew set up the cameras. Scott asked, “Sean, we start filming the next Tarzan movie pretty quick. You on board.”
“No, I promised to do this low budget spy film for the family that invented broccoli or asparagus, or maybe artichokes."
What about you, Sara?”
“I’ve got some television offers. How many of these films will you make, Gordon?”
“My contract’s for one more. I'm considering Italian films. The pay’s good."
Connery asked, “Didn't know you spoke Italian?”
“Si, ravioli, vino, pizza, pepperoni.”
“Well, at least you won’t starve.”
July 9, 1931: Edgar Rice Burroughs began writing “Tarzan and the Leopard Men.” He finished in less than 90 days, in September 1931. Blue Book bought magazine rights for $5000 and published the book in six sections beginning in August 1932. The covers of the first three issues were by Joseph Chenoweth and Frank Hoban drew several interiors.
The August issue included part four of the Harold Titus novel, “The Flame in the Forest.” Titus worked as a reporter for the "Detroit News" during his college years. After graduating he became a fruit grower in Grand Traverse County. He joined the US Army during World War I and served as a sergeant in an ordnance company. An ardent conservationist--he was the conservation editor of "Field & Stream" magazine. He wrote several novels and stories for the pulps. Two films, “The Great Mister Nobody” and “How Baxter Butted In,” were based on his novel, “The Stuff of Heroes.” Great title.
“System Restore” is today’s drabble, number 400 in this series.
Usha, the wind, was angry and she toppled a giant tree. Tarzan tossed Nkima to safety, but the tree knocked the apeman unconscious.
Orando, a Tumbi prince, found Tarzan and bound him.
Tarzan woke. Orando said, “What will you do if I free you?”
“Hunt when hungry, sleep when sleepy. Will you kill me?”
“No, will you kill me?”
“No, who are you.”
Tarzan rubbed his head. “Don’t know. The blow took my memory.”
Orando’s proudest possession was a pair of English hunting boots. He kicked Tarzan in the head.
“Why kick me.”
“To return your memory. It’s called rebooting.”
July 10, 1914: Edgar Rice Burroughs revised his story, “The Girl from Harris’s” and changed it to “The Girl From Farris’s.” No reason for the name change is given. The most prominent ‘Harris’ in Chicago in those early days was an attorney, Paul P. Harris, founder of the first Rotary Club. When Paul P. Harris convened the first Rotary meeting on 23 February it was in Room 711 of the Unity Building in Chicago. Paul Harris envisioned a professional club that would bring together men from a variety of vocations. The first Rotary members: Gustavus Loehr, Hiram Shorey, and Silvester Schiele attended this first meeting. At the time of this writing in 2009 more than one million individuals have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows - people who have given $1,000 to Rotary International Foundation's The Annual Programs Fund or have had that amount contributed in their name.
The Oak Park River Forest Rotary Club listed Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway, and Frank Lloyd Wright on its certificate rewarding a donation to the “End Polio Now” campaign in 2016 and 2017. Did Burroughs change the brothel owners name from Harris to Farris to avoid tainting the name of Paul Harris? I have no idea, but it could have been.
The drabble today is “Chance Meeting.” It is not intended to represent a real meeting. I have no idea whether Burroughs and Paul Harris ever met.
Attorney Paul Harris addressed the pencil sharpener salesman. “We have all the sharpeners we need, but I belong to a group of local businessmen. We meet weekly and share leads. We also give our custom to each other as much as possible.”
The salesman, Edgar Rice Burroughs said, “Thank you, Mr. Harris. I appreciate the offer.”
“Next meeting is Wednesday, noon at Shorey’s Jewelers. Bring your own lunch.”
“May I bring product samples?”
“Certainly, that’s the point.”
“What’s the club’s name?"
“We call it the Rotary Club.”
“Rotary, like my pencil sharpeners. I can remember that.”
“I expect you can.”’
July 11, 1897: Salomon Andrée and two fellow explorers lifted off in a giant balloon to seek out the North Pole. They were never heard from again. However, David Innes, in Chapter fifteen of "Tanar of Pellucidar," discovered the remnants of what was very likely Andrée's balloon. And, at about the same time Tanar was published, the outer world had discovered the final camp of the ill-fated expedition.
Supported by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and funded by people like King Oscar II and Alfred Nobel, the North Pole expedition made a first attempt to launch the balloon Örnen (The Eagle) in the summer of 1896 from Danes Island, an island in the west of the Svalbard Archipelago, but the winds did not permit the expedition to start. When Andrée next tried, on 11 July 1897, together with engineer, Knut Frænke,l and photographer, Nils Strindberg, the balloon did set off and sailed for 65 hours. This was not directed flight, however; at the lift-off the gondola had lost two of the three sliding ropes that were supposed to drag on the ice and thus function as a kind of rudder (this was observed by the ground crew). Within ten hours of lift-off, they were caught by powerful winds from a storm raging in the area. The heavy winds continued and, together with the rain created ice on the balloon.
For these reasons, they were forced down onto the ice, though the landing was conducted in a semi-controlled way rather than actually crashing. The attached photograph of the crashed balloon was taken by Strindberg and the exposed plate was discovered with the wreckage. The photograph is attached.
"Snowfall" is today’s drabble.
Tanar yelled to David Innes. “A strange thing grows in the snow.”
David inspected Tanar’s find. “It’s a crashed balloon, probably Andrée's Eagle. It sought the north pole.”
“Then why is it here?”
“I’m not sure. The gasbag’s intact, so I expect its hydrogen escaped or it became covered with ice until too heavy to fly.
“Where the men?”
“Long dead and either frozen solid or eaten.”
Tanar thought. “I don’t like this cold place. Stellara and I go home.”
“Want to fly. I can fix this aircraft.”
“No, we walk. I feel ghosts here. Balloon killed enough people already.”
NEW IN TOWN
July 12, 2003: The cover of TV Guide proclaimed: "TV's New Tarzan!" Travis Fimmel starred in the mercifully short Warner Brothers television series alongside Sarah Wayne Callies as Detective Jane Porter. The series was cancelled after eight episodes. IMDb says there were nine episodes, but only lists eight. Wikipedia lists nine episodes, but only eight were broadcast. The show’s developer, Eric Kripke was thrilled at the cancellation and called his production “a piece of crap.”
Travis Fimmel, a former Calvin Klein model, has appeared in several films and TV shows. He currently has the lead role of Ragnar Lothbrok on Vikings. Sarah Wayne Callies survived the Tarzan experience and starred in “Prison Break” and “Colony.” Episodes one and two are available to watch online for free at https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x37w5nb
The rest are available on the website with a paid subscription. Complete DVDs may be purchased from various suppliers for $40.00 to $60.00.
“New In Town” is the drabble for today.
Jane Porter said, ‘You’re new in town, aren’t you.”
Tarzan answered, “How can you tell?”
“I’m a police detective and most New Yorkers don’t have long blond hair hanging halfway to their ass and muscles like a bodybuilder.”
“Yeah, local folks know the term. You talk funny. Not quite British. Australian, I detect. And you’re wearing a loincloth. Is this Candid Camera or a jungle movie.”
“No, I was captured and brought here. I escaped. What else do you detect?”
Jane ran one finger from his neck to his steel sculpted navel. “I detect we’ll be more than friends.”
July 13, 1942: Tarzan's New York Adventure with Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, and Johnny Sheffield was released by MGM. The cast of the Richard Thorpe directed film included Anne Jeffreys in an uncredited role as a young woman. She later starred in the 1953 television series, Topper, as the ghost of Marion Kerby. She appeared as Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy films and numerous television shows including the role of Melody Stockwell in a 1967 episode of Ron Ely’s Tarzan series. Elmo Lincoln appeared briefly as a circus roustabout in the film.
Today’s drabble is “Bit Part.”
Anne Jefferys handed the circus roustabout a glass of iced tea. “Don’t I know you? One of those old Tarzan movies, right?”
“Yeah, I played Tarzan. The director thought it would be fun to give me a small part without credit. He calls it an Easter Egg. Only real fans will find it.”
“I didn’t get screen credit either.”
“You did good. Your turn will come. Could be you’ll be in a Tarzan picture twenty-five years from now honoring your part in this one.”
“If only it were true, but I don’t think I have a ghost of a chance.”
WHAT MAKES A MAN
July 14, 1917: All-Story Weekly published part three of “The Lad and the Lion.” The cover is a painting of the actress, Lucille Lee Stewart, in her role from the film, “Fate’s Honeymoon,” written by Max Brand, and produced for the silver screen by Ralph W. Ince. It helped that Ms. Stewart was married to the producer.
An interesting aside about the producer, Ralph Ince, who acted in and directed over a hundred films, is that he worked for Winsor McCay ( Little Nemo) and for a while worked as a newspaper cartoonist for the New York World and later as a magazine illustrator for the New York Mirror and The Evening Telegram. The film, “Fate’s Honeymoon appears to be lost.
“What Makes A Man?” is the drabble for today.
Aziz and his lion companion shared an antelope a cave. A nearby struggle woke them A young woman in a nearby cave fought with two Arabs for her life and honor.
Aziz attacked the Arabs. They tried to flee, but the lad’s lion killed them both. The thankful girl, Marie, was the daughter of a French colonel. Aziz took her to the French camp.
The officers’ wives disapproved of Aziz. “He’s not French, he’s barely human.”
“Who is more human? He who saved me or the soldiers who drank and gambled away the night while I fought for my life.”
July 15, 1939: Patrick John Morrison, better known by his stage name, Patrick Wayne, was born. In 1977, he appeared in the Amicus Productions film based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ book, "The People That Time Forgot." Instead of playing Edgar Rice Burroughs’ lead character, Tom Billings, he played Ben McBride. For some reason, the screenwriter, Patrick Tilley, renamed the lead character. The movie was directed by Kevin Connor, who also directed “At The Earth’s Core.”
Patrick was the second son of John Wayne and appeared in over 40 movies including eleven with his father, and several television shows. As of today’s date, he lives in the Los Angeles area.
Amicus Productions was a British film production company, based at Shepperton Studios, England, and active between 1962 and 1977. It was founded by American producers and screenwriters Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg. “The People That Time Forgot” was the company’s last film before going out of business.
“Work Ethic” is today’s drabble.
Rosenberg met with Conner, the director, and three of the stars, Patrick Wayne, Dana Gillespie, and Doug McClure. “I don’t have to tell you that money is tight. Our last three films underperformed. Let’s get this one in the can and on the screen. We need a hit.”
McClure put out his cigarette. “You want a hit, we need special effects that look special. The animals look like stuffed children’s toys.”
Gillespie asked, “We still get paid?”
Wayne smiled. “Okay, Dad said that if you take their money, you do your job. Let’s saddle up, pilgrims. We’re burning daylight.”
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