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Friday, April 2, 2010

TOM MIX CIRCUS -- PART 1


TOM MIX AND "TONY"

•Born: 6 January 1880
•Birthplace: Mix Run, Pennsylvania
•Died: 12 October 1940 (automobile crash)
•Best Known As: Fancy-dressin' silent film cowboy
Name at birth: Thomas Hezekiah Mix
Tom Mix was the top cowboy of American silent films. Mix was originally known for his daring stunts, but as years passed he became equally famous for his elaborate cowboy outfits; he's the model for the dandyish, squeaky-clean movie cowboy that was often parodied in later years. Mix also had a famous steed, Tony the Wonder Horse. Mix's movie career wound down in the 1930s, after silent films were replaced by talkies, but later the Tom Mix radio program ran for nearly 20 years with various actors providing the voice of "Tom Mix." Mix himself was killed in a one-car auto accident in Arizona in 1940.



Mix started in the silent movie era in 1909. He was one of the first to star in sound movies in 1932. He made his last movie, “Miracle Rider,” a western serial, which grossed over $1 million dollars in 1935. He worked for Sells Floto Circus for two years, and then purchased the circus in 1936 from Sam B. Dill. He renamed it “The Tom Mix Circus and Wild West Show.” Due to weather problems and the economy, it folded in 1938.


TOM MIX COMIC BOOK







The Tom Mix was really the largest motorized circus
of it's time!








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