Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Clyde Beatty in practice


Clyde Beatty was with the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in 1929 when that show was purchased by John Ringling. In the early 1930's Mr. Beatty would appear with the Ringling Show in Madison Sq. Garden but return to H-W for the under canvas tour and then during the winter months do movie work in Hollywood.
So great was his fame that a circus continued to use his name in it's title for almost forty years after his death.
Buckles

13 comments:

Ben Trumble said...

The cover of the 1934 Season Hagenbeck-Wallace program with its painting of Beatty 'facing Hagenbeck-Wallace jungle killer "Sammy"' is one of my favorite bits of H-W artwork, though the advert inside with "giraffe necked women" selling Pontiacs is pretty special too.

Dennis said...

That's a beautiful picture. I love the intensity brought by Beaty to the circus.

TED said...

Beatty, was a fraud. He had no animal trainning ability at all. He's extent of animal trainning was don't got into the lion cage with no shoes on or you might step in cat poop. Beatty was a great business men and new how to mingle with the executives. But as far as animal trainning he was worthless. Look how he struggles in the cat cage to command authority. Even the pictures show his lack of style and grace.

Ben Trumble said...

"Fraud" might be a harsh. He was an "entertainer" with many of the same faults seen other entertainers. He was "sold" as a trainer because that was part of the package that made up the "product." Today maybe we're a little more honest in differentiating between trainers and presenters -- or maybe not -- how many press releases have called Sara Houcke a " trainer?" Its be a bit like the original Mercury astronauts. Houston controlled the capsule, the astronauts, like the chimps that came before them, were along for the ride. But boy did they ever look heroic in a spacesuit. Beatty filled seats, much as Barnum filled seats. (And we all know that Barnum couldn't have built or run "his" circus.)

rebecca said...

Who remembers the Ed Sullivan Show where Beattys cats got into a fight. they had to pull the curtain and Ed went into the seats while the real trainer stepped in and settled the Cat. Maybe Rodger has some memories to share. Its not like we did not like Beatty, its just that he was no trainer. Just like one of the most heard of sanctuary persons. Never did anything but show up to have her picture taken. Hey What ever works for you. Just don't try to fool real people who know you.

Ted said...

You are accurate Ben Trumble but I a sick of speaking with friends and hearing people say "Beatty was amazing with animals and fabulous trainer." I sometimes hear, "that trainer is not nearly as good as Beatty was." Clyde Beatty was not an animal trainer. He didn't spend the hours training animals feeding the animals, and bonding with the animals. He spent his time with the big wigs and pretending to be that world class trainer that Barnum had and everyone else wanted. But Beatty could not train animals. I wouldn't leave him in room alone with my pet cat. Secondly, let's get your facts straight about the Mercury missions. The Mercury missions were mostly unmanned flights. There was 21 total Mercury missions and 14 were unammaned. The most significant Mercury mission was the Faith 7 that Gordon Copper was weightless for 34 hours. If you want to compare Flying space to training animals then Beatty was the Astronaut that looked pretty in the space suite. An the animals trainers were the Engineers, Houston command center, and all the mathematicans/scientists that did all the ground breaking work.

Beatty was a sell out and "hollywood" so yes he was a fraud.

Ted said...

The headline should read "Clyde Beatty faking it again"

Ted said...

Keep posting Buckles I love the web blog.

ben trumble said...

Ted, we probably agree regarding Beatty's abilities (or lack there of)100%. It is strickly as an entertainer taht I tip my hat to his long career. And as Buckles noted, he excelled as selling a positive image for "circus" as an enterprise. He was a very successful "fake" in business that's had some wonderful fakery now and then. When I think of fraud I think more of grift. Because he was a good fake, a generation of audiences rarely felt defrauded. You're spot on in feeling annoyed when anybody suggests that a real trainer "doesn't have the way with animals that Beatty had."

Roger Smith said...

Beatty had two Big Acts of over 40 mixed lions and tigers, and some outsiders qualify themselves to designate this a fake. Since we won't see one of them try to fake it, their words betray them. Others pretended to the top and a scant handful made it. The authority he had was natural to him, and he bore it well in steel arenas for 42 years. He handled the 1959 Ed Sullivan incident himself, as the studio audience saw. There was no curtain--Sullivan cut the cameras away lest his TV audience see Beatty killed. He interviewed Walter Brennan as Beatty cleared the cage. Now--what other trainer was there? Accept this lesson, folks: research becomes the critic. Roger Smith

Ben Trumble said...

Roger. Thanks for clarifying, and setting the record straight. There's no better source than the guy who was there!

Ted said...

Beatty was hollywood. Beatty never fed the animals or got in touch with the animals. He was nearly a good a trainer as Jim Nabors or Harry Mooney

rebecca said...

Nothing to do with training, but wanted to write how lions still help me today. I own a Grooming Shop. Other shops give Chow Chow dogs a lion cut. They just shave the poor animal down and leave hair on his head. The picture of this lion is how I do it. You would be surprised the new clients I get. My Chow Chow ( HUNG CHOW) looks very much like a real male lion. Makes me proud. My lions on Fairyland were females, so no manes.