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I wonder why
why you said goodbye
        - C. Scott and D. Dyer

December 10, 2018 - A number of scanned images are from film booklets manufactured on newspaper-quality paper, such as those for "Tyrant of Red Gulch". However, these do serve as a valuable tool for identification purposes should one of Tom Tyler's lost films suddenly surface. Please keep in mind that many film archives around the world contain reels of unidentified films in storage, many of which are American origin. Also, these images can also help identify a previously misidentified film, as in the case of "Lightening Lariats" at Gosfilmofond.

In many cases an American film released overseas will be given a new title in that nation's language, or the title frame of the reel is missing, or film fragments are missing (on average, an FBO Tom Tyler silent film consisted of about five 35mm reels). Yes, even film archives employees will use the Internet to help ID an unidentified reel of film! So while you may appreciate the material that is available through this site, in addition to being a cybershrine to Tom Tyler, his silent films can hopefully be easily identifiable when they do surface.

December 1, 2018 - Many of the main pages have been updated on the site, as time permits, with lots more material to come. Regarding Tom Tyler's rediscovered lost films, hopefully I will have more good news regarding them very soon. So sit tight, and as usual, enjoy the site. Soon we will be celebrating four years online, and the site has evolved quite a bit since its origin, and for the better. Tom Tyler is in the driver's seat on this project - I just code it.

October 20, 2018 - The site update is moving slowly but surely - "The Desert Pirate" hit a snag due to lack of material available in English, so a film booklet from Spain, El Pirata del Desierto, #13 “Los Films del Far-West”, was translated by me for plot information. Yes, these film booklets are wonderful collectibles and handy as research and writing tools. Enjoy all site updates!

Don't forget to check out the official trailer for "Shazam!" starring Zachary Levi as Captain Marvel here at Youtube!

Here is a good article about "Shazam!" and competing comic book superhero movies at Forbes worth reading.

September 6, 2018 - It's that time of the year again! There is a dearth of film serials in the National Film Registry, "The Perils of Pauline" 1914 being the only one on the list. We are pushing to have "Adventures of Captain Marvel" (1941) and "The Phantom" (1943) added to the National Film Registry. Of course you can also nominate any Tom Tyler film you like, keeping in mind that "Stagecoach" (1939) and "Red River" (1948) are already on the list. I can also recommend nominating the following: "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" (1949), "San Antonio" (1945), and "The Westerner" (1940). Deadline for nominations is September 15, 2018. Public nominations play a vital role in the selection of titles to add each year. The nomination form link is here.

August 14, 2018 - The green animated star above now has its link to Tom's dramatic roles! Click on the star to read about these roles, which help make Tom Tyler the well-rounded actor he was.

July 30, 2018 - A new podcast about "Adventures of Captain Marvel" has been added to the podcasts page here.

July 22, 2018 - The official teaser trailer for "Shazam!" starring Zachary Levi as Captain Marvel has been released by Warner Brother Pictures! You can view the trailer here! It looks great and with any luck, the millenials who will be watching it when it's released in the cinemas, will also become interested in Tom Tyler's version of Captain Marvel in the 1941 film serial by Republic!

July 10, 2018 - Tom's first eleven starring role silent film pages are completed and looking great so be sure to check them out!

June 14, 2018 - The new site design is coming along nicely - Tom's first seven starring role silent film pages are up to speed, check them out. And for the curious: those are CSS3 animation stars floating above the Grand Canyon. The photo is significant, as it was taken in May 2008, its symbolism, as vast and wonderful as Tom Tyler and his career.

May 20, 2018 - With the ever increasing number of Tom Tyler's "lost films" surfacing, now is the time to mention the existence of two prints of "The Man from Nevada" at film archives here in the states: one is at The Hugh Hefner Moving Image Archive at USC in California, the second print is at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. The print at USC is on their restoration list for the next few years.

May 17, 2018 - Even more good news regarding Tom's FBO silent films: all 6 reels of "Lightning Lariats" (1927), plus a segment of "The Avenging Rider" (1928) have surfaced at Gosfilmofond in Moscow, Russia. There is no word yet regarding their restoration, of course any further word on either film, or future lost films, for that matter, will be mentioned here. Great news for Tom Tyler's early work!

May 15, 2018 - I am very pleased to announce that another Tom Tyler silent film from FBO has surfaced. "Cyclone of the Range" (1927) is presently housed at Filmoteca Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain and is on their restoration list for the year 2020 or soon after. The one good thing being this: Tom's silent film westerns that he made seem to have a higher survival rate, which is wonderful news. Any further news of his surviving silent films will be mentioned on this site.

May 14, 2018 - Please excuse the dust at Aventuras de Tom Tyler while it is being brought up to date. Most of the links should be working, and the internal pages will be slowly transformed by magic, but unfortunately not as quickly as the word "Shazam!". How I wish! In the meantime, the rest of the site is still navigable.

April 9, 2018 - Some good news: the silent film "Phantom of the Range" 1928 that was on Youtube has shown up again, so I recommend watching it while you can. For those who need some sort of soundtrack (and I admit music is much nicer with a silent film), I can suggest Debussy, which fits this movie very nicely. Yes, this has been viewed to to the famous composer's music personally by me. The Best of Debussy is here on Youtube; open in a separate tab in your browser so you can view "Phantom of the Range" 1928 in your first browser tab. Enjoy!

March 23, 2018 - is now carrying two more Tom Tyler starring feature films, the silent film "Call of the Desert" and "Ridin' Thru". These were previously offered only by Sinister Cinema. The fact that these are available through a second company is a good sign. Enjoy shopping!

March 17, 2018 - A new crossword puzzle has been added to the Puzzles page! Challenge yourself on how well you know Tom's dialogue in what movies! Click here to play Film Quotes by Tom Tyler, Part 1!

March 10, 2018 - A bunch of foreign language clippings have been added to the following pages for our bilingual/multilingual Tom Tyler fans, also, to understand how broad a reach his films were shown around the world: "Battling with Buffalo Bill" (Austrian German), "Born to Battle" (German, from Bolzano, Italy), "Fighting Hero" (Austrian German), "Jungle Mystery" (Austrian German, Netherlands), "Mystery Ranch" (Dutch East Indies/Indonesia).

January 23, 2018 - I regret to say that the silent film "Phantom of the Range" 1928 that was on Youtube has been removed. You can however read an article I wrote about it, plus screencaps, here.

December 27, 2017 - There is now a link to podcasts about Tom Tyler in the menu bar.

December 6, 2017 - It is reported that Jack Dylan Grazer will be Freddy Freeman/Captain Marvel Jr. in the upcoming "Shazam!" movie (read about it here) and Mark Strong will be Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (read about it here!).

November 12, 2017 - Asher Angel of "Andi Mack" has been tapped to play Billy Batson in the upcoming "Shazam!" movie. At fifteen years old (he was born in 2002), he will be the one actor closest in age to Billy in the comic books compared to Michael Gray (who was 23 at the time) of the 1970's television series and of course Frank Coghlan Jr (who was 25 at the time) of the film serial. Congratulations Asher!

October 27, 2017 - This is Captain Marvel related - I am very happy to report that Zachary Levi of "Alias Grace" and "Heroes Reborn" has been selected to play the superhero in the upcoming "Shazam!" movie. He is 37 years old - close in age to Tom when Tom filmed "Adventures of Captain Marvel" and looks a lot like him. Zachary is 6'3", brown hair and brown eyes. He will do a fine job as Captain Marvel. Shazam!

October 24, 2017 - There is a wonderful interview of Tom Tyler biographer Mike Chapman (who wrote "The Tom Tyler Story") by renowned Mixed Martial Arts reporter, Mike Radich on Youtube - click here to listen!

October 7, 2017 - A review of "The Adventures of Captain Marvel" on Blue-ray has been written by another major Tom Tyler fan, G. Michael Dobbs. Read the review here!

August 26, 2017 - "The Adventures of Captain Marvel" in Blu-ray is now available from Kino Lorber for $17.97. They also have the regular DVD for $11.97. You can buy them here! You can also read a review at DVD Beaver about the serial. Enjoy!

August 3, 2017 - A surprise email was sent to me today regarding one of Tom's early silent films on Youtube, "The Phantom of the Range", 1928. A few notes: this apparently came from a 16mm rental film print in Madrid. The intertitles are in Castilian Spanish, and there is no music to accompany it. The picture quality is not the best, but this gives a glimpse of Tom Tyler's early silent films made for FBO besides the existing "Texas Tornado." James Dugan directed. There are many humorous moments throughout the film, many which happen to Tom. You can watch this delightful silent film here. I have written a review that you can read here on the blog. Enjoy!


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