Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dorothy Lamour in "The Realm of the Pharaoh's Daughter" (Fox;1950)







Actress Dorothy Lamour is best remembered for appearing in the Road to... movies, a series of successful comedies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope that were enormously popular during the 1940s, regularly placing among the top moneymaking films each year. They included Road to Singapore (1940), Road to Zanzibar (1941), Road to Morocco (1942), Road to Utopia (1946), Road to Rio (1947), Road to Bali (1952) and The Road to Hong Kong (1962; cameo only).

The role that originally made her a star was “Ulah” (a sort of female Tarzan) in The Jungle Princess (1936), where she first wore the sarong which would become so associated with her. While she achieved major stardom as a sex symbol, Lamour also showed talent as both a comic and dramatic actress. She was among the most popular actresses in motion pictures from 1936 to 1952. During World War II, Lamour was also a popular pinup girl among American servicemen, and she was largely responsible for starting up the war bond tours in which movie stars would travel across the country selling U.S. government bonds to the public. Lamour alone promoted the sale of over $21 million dollars worth of war bonds. She also had a brief print run of 2-3 issues during the 1950s in "Dorothy Lamour, Jungle Princess Comics" dedicated to her movie Jungle Princess persona (featuring screen shots from past movies for the covers). Today’s story “The Realm of the Pharaoh’s Daughter” is her very last comic book appearance from Dorothy Lamour, Jungle Princess #3 (Aug.1950); originally published by Fox and with artwork credited to Wally Wood. Wood appears to have hidden his initials in some inscriptions in the first panel on the last page of the story. It reads "WAWTTSMEP" and the "W"s are very much like his later signature. It is possible that the inker's signature is hidden within the rest of the letters. The Catacombs is grateful to Don "Zu-Gogo" Falkos for providing the scans for this story. Note: The copyright for this issue, its contents and artwork belong to the original publisher and/or the creators and is reproduced here solely for entertainment purposes. Enjoy!

3 comments:

Mr. Door Tree said...

Chuck,

Once again...these are not scans from don falkos...these are all watermarked scans by me...

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Chuck Wells said...

Herr Door Tree, what watermark are you referring to? After reading this comment, I looked at the scans (twice) and I'm just not seeing it.

This is the second time that a story I've culled from the disk that Zu-Gogo provided me with has prompted you to mention something like this, and I have zero interest in denying that you are the "actual" source of the scans. All credit where credit is due and all of that, you know.

I haven't actually heard a peep out of Don Falkos for a couple of years (at least) and I don't know if he even stops by the Catacombs out of curiosity. I'm glad that you do, as I visit your page daily. Trust me when I say that I have no desire to ruffle any feathers, but I really don't know what to do about this, other than post any rebuttal that you happen to make, hopefully on increasingly rarer occasions.