Tansey with producer William Pizor on the mid 1930s series of Wally Wales shorts.
|Left is producer and distributor William M. Pizor (1890 - 1959).|
In the mid 1930s, he was the head of his own William M. Pizor Productions as well as Imperial Distributing Corporation. During that period, he produced some low budget fare including western shorts starring Wally Wales (who became Hal Taliaferro).
In the mid to late 1940s, Pizor was a Vice President at Screen Guild / Robert L. Lippert, in charge of their foreign distribution.
|Tansey with producer Ed Finney on the Tex Ritter westerns at Grand National and Monogram ... and that led to lots more work for Tansey at Monogram.|
|Right is producer and director Edward F. Finney (1903 - 1983) who is best remembered for his series of westerns with Tex Ritter.|
Finney and Ritter did 32 westerns which were initially released through Grand National. Finney did double duty at Grand National, working as GN's advertising and publicity boss as well as heading his Boots and Saddles production company with the Tex Ritter films. But Grand National was in financial trouble in the late 1930s and failed.
In Summer, 1938, Finney moved to Monogram and continued the Ritter series.
Bob Tansey did one or more functions in 25 of the 32 Ritter films.
Tansey with director Robert North Bradbury.
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above from L-to-R are Jack Randall, handling the movie camera, along with Peggy Keys and Robert North Bradbury in a publicity still included in the pressbook for RIDERS OF THE DAWN (Monogram, 1937), Randall's first starring oater. Peggy Keys was the heroine and the director of the film was Bradbury, Bob Steele's father. Bradbury's real name was Ronald Bradbury (1886-1949).
In the mid to late 1930s, Tansey worked in about a dozen Bradbury directed oaters that starred John Wayne, Jack Randall, Tom Keene and Tex Ritter.
Frances Kavanaugh - Tansey's frequent script and story collaborator at Monogram and PRC.
(Courtesy of Frances Kavanaugh Hecker & Robert Hecker)
|Left is Frances Kavanaugh (1915 - 2009), a talented script and story writer who worked behind the scenes on B westerns.|
Most of Frances' work was in the 1940s at Monogram and PRC with cowboy heroes Eddie Dean, Tom Keene, the Range Busters, and Trail Blazers. Frances and Bob Tansey collaborated on about 30 westerns scattered over the years 1941 - 1951: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?roles=nm0849806,nm0442599
More on Frances is at: Cowgirl Hall of Fame: http://www.cowgirl.net/portfolios/frances-kavanaugh/
Her papers and ephemera are archived at the Autry National Center: http://collections.theautry.org/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=keyword;keyword=kavanaugh#
|Tansey with William Thomas Crespinel (1890 - 1987), the president of Cinecolor ... and Crespinel's son, William Arthur Louvain Crespinel (1914 - 2010) who was "Lee Bennett" in the movies.|
Above is Lee Bennett and he appeared in eight of the Eddie Dean oaters.
The blurb on the right is from the pressbook to Dean's ROMANCE OF THE WEST (PRC, 1946).
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Lee Bennett. Caution - the film listing looks OK but the biography is for big band crooner Lee Hunt Bennett who sang with the Jan Garber Orchestra and in later years, was an announcer for NBC in Chicago. We'll try to get that fixed: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0071881
October 12, 1946 Showmen's Trade Review: "Lee Bennett, whose father is William Crespinel, Cinecolor president, was added to 'Twain Sombreros,' Harry Joe Brown production for Columbia release."
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Robert Emmett 'Bob' Tansey: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0849806/
The Internet Broadway database has Master Robert Tansey appearing in eight Broadway plays during the years 1907 - 1909: https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/master-robert-tansey-61838
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has a "people working together" search function:
There's a variety of Tansey films on YouTube and the Internet Archive which you can view or download:
Martin Hart's American Widescreen Museum website has info on Cinecolor: http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/oldcolor/cinecolor2.htm
On the trail of Bob Tansey.
The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), newspapers, California Death Index and the death certificate provide more on Robert Emmett Tansey and family:
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website confirms that Bob Tansey is interred at Grand View Memorial Park and Crematory, Glendale, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=47550514
California Death Index has a record for Bob's wife Katherine M. Tansey. She was born January 9, 1901 and passed away November 18, 1963 in the San Francisco, California area. Family trees have her birth name as Katherine Marie Stiehn: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VP4Z-2XH