np [Hollywood]: [ca. 1939-1974]. Folio, embossed faux-leather hardcover, three-ring commercial album; Thompson Products Magnetic Photo Album, model R93908. 33 stiff-card, adhesive-backed, plastic-covered leaves with 94 photographs, mounted both recto and verso. 40 additional photographs loosely laid in along with several clippings and scrap materials. 37 black and white 8” x 10” head and publicity shots; 22 black and white 8” x 10” studio production stills; 75 medium and snapshot, color and black and white photographs, primarily capturing McDonough on sets. Roughly 34 of these appear to be modern, digital reproduction prints. All other images original period prints. A handful of older photographs with handling wear, pinholes, though generally well preserved. Near fine. Near fine. Item #14438
Album belonging to Tom “Tex” McDonough, a character actor, double, stand-in, and stunt man with a career in film and television spanning five decades (from the 1930s through the 1970s). Apparently produced as submission in consideration for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the album includes a modern computer printed sheet lists endorsers and those recommending him for such a placement: Yakima Canutt, Dale Robertson, Hoot Gibson, Lash Larue and many others. Productions pictured in the album include GUNGA DIN (1939), BEAU GESTE (1939), THEY DARE NOT LOVE (1941), DANGERS OF THE CANADIAN MOUNTED (1948), BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1955), THE PROUD ONES (1956), I SPY (television, 1965), and PLANET OF THE APES (television, 1974). Many images show the actor performing Western stunts in unnamed productions, including a fantastic two photo series of him punching Roy Rogers. A series of three photographs show McDonough in one of his more harrowing roles as a double for Robert Culp during production of I SPY when he was made to walk the building ledge of a Hong Kong hotel. Seven extraordinary snapshot and medium sized color prints of McDonough in full make-up for PLANET OF THE APES also present. McDonough left the Texas ranch of his youth for California during the Depression in the 1930’s. His rugged good looks, large frame and experience with horses led him to stand-in, stunt, and extra work on many pulp Westerns. His reliability, affability, and bluecollar approach to acting provided him steady work and a forty year career in film and television. A vivid and decades-long archive of a working Hollywood actor.