• Feeling Good [Tyrone Power]

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    I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone who commented on the earlier version of this video. It broke my heart to have to take it down- but I have saved all of your wonderful comments as they meant so much to me xx

    A tribute to the incredible 20+ year film career of Tyrone Power (1914- 1958).

    Lloyd's of London (1936)
    Love is News (1937)
    Thin Ice (1937)
    Café Metropole (1937)
    Second Honeymoon (1937)
    In Old Chicago (1937)
    Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
    Marie Antoinette (1938)
    Suez (1938)
    Jesse James (1939)
    Rose of Washington Square (1939)
    Second Fiddle (1939)
    The Rains Came (1939)
    Day-Time Wife (1939)
    Johnny Apollo (1940)
    Brigham Young (1940)
    The Mark of Zorro (1940)
    Blood and Sand (1941)
    A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
    Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942)
    This Above All (1942)
    The Black Swan (1942)
    Crash Dive (1943)
    The Razor's Edge (1946)
    Nightmare Alley (1947)
    Captain from Castile (1947)
    The Luck of the Irish (1948)
    That Wonderful Urge (1948)
    Prince of Foxes (1949)
    The Black Rose (1950)
    American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950)
    Rawhide (1951)
    I'll Never Forget You (1951)
    Diplomatic Courier (1952)
    Pony Solider (1952)
    The Mississippi Gambler (1953)
    The Long Gray Line (1955)
    The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
    The Sun Also Rises (1957)
    Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

    “He had an aura about him that set him apart from everybody else" - Colleen Gray

    I LOVE TYRONE POWER. Let's just get that out of the way first. He's been an absolute favourite of mine for a really, really long time. I honestly can't put into words all that he means to me and what his films have meant to me. I'm just so excited to finally have made a tribute to this wonderful, charismatic, criminally underrated actor. That's the most exciting thing- that making this video means I get to share this underappreciated and often forgotten star (that I absolutely adore) with all of you and, hopefully, convince a few people to explore his filmography. I only hope I was able to do his legacy and career justice with this video.

    Tyrone Power really was THE cookie cutter example of both the positives and negatives of the Hollywood Studio System. The son of a well-respected stage and screen actor, Ty followed in his late father's footsteps and got his big break in films after being given the lead role in "Lloyds of London" in 1936 at the age of 22. Despite 20th Centrury Fox boss Daryl Zanuck's initial reservations about casting an unknown, the film thrust Power to immediate stardom. To give you some idea of his rapid rise to fame, only six months after the release of "Lloyds of London", Tyrone Power's hand and footprints were immortalized in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater. From there, Ty would become one of 20th Century Fox's most consistent box office draws for more than two decades and in 1939 was actually named the second biggest box office draw in Hollywood (beaten only by Mickey Rooney). While Power was incredibly popular, he had aspirations of being a serious actor and, unfortunately, those needs were not being met. Being that Power was 20th Century's biggest draw, Zanuck wanted him put in as many films as possible, usually at the expense of quality. It's because of this that Tyrone Power isn't as fondly remembered today as he should be. Particularly in the earlier part of his career, Ty was a "Matinee Idol"- starring in romantic comedies and musicals purely to please his largely female fanbase. While enjoyable enough, they have mostly been lost to film history. If Ty is remembered for anything today, it's probably for his remarkable contribution to the Swashbuckler genre, most notably for "The Mark of Zorro" and "The Black Swan". Despite his unhappiness at the roles he was given, Ty stayed with Fox until the mid-1950's (almost 20 years). Every chance Power was given in dramatic parts, he excelled and I can only imagine the heights he would've reached if he'd broken free of the Studio System shackles sooner. Once released from his contract, he made perhaps his greatest film- "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957). It was also his last. In 1958, Tyrone Power suffered a fatal heart attack while filming a duel opposite George Sanders in "Solomon and Sheba". He was only 44 years old.

    So, if you feel like diving into Ty's filmography, these are my favorite of his films (in chronological order): Love is News (1937), In Old Chicago (1937), Marie Antoinette (1938), Second Fiddle (1939), Mark of Zorro (1940), The Black Swan (1942), Nightmare Alley (1947), The Luck of the Irish (1948), Prince of Foxes (1949), Rawhide (1951) and Witness for the Prosecution (1957). He made so many enjoyable films, you really can't go too wrong. Show less
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