I did a brief photo tribute to that athlete extraordinaire and movie serial hero Buster Crabbe quite a while ago, but, like many of my earliest subjects here, he didn't get quite the amount of pictorial exposure I feel that he deserves. I've decided to pay him another round of photographical tribute. Thankfully, so many photographers felt the need to capture his impressive characteristics on film. An exceedingly rare color shot is here at right.
When you read this (if you read it between April 21st and April 23rd!), I will be deep in The Great Smoky Mountains with my best friend. Thus, I will be a tad behind in my posting duties here, so I'm putting up this set of pictures of the delicious Mr. Crabbe in order to hold my visitors over until I return.
The hunky, golden Olympian-turned-actor was one beautiful specimen, in and out of clothes. He wore them well, but naturally we prefer him as au naturel as possible! Here, you will find a variety of poses from his early studio portraits to his turn as Tarzan (in which he was charming and showed plenty of lower butt cheek - I've included a rear shot as proof!) to his work as Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. When he made the later serial King of the Congo in 1952, he was forty-four and still in great shape, especially for that time. In the sepia-toned shot of him in the dark sweater and white slacks, I think we may be seeing a slight VPL in front. And just who in their right mind wouldn't want to be taught to swim by him, as seen in the photos in which he is demonstrating the strokes while on his belly??
Since I won't be here to perfect the layout, most of this is just a linear photo line-up. You might enjoy flipping through these in the photo viewer, but I must tell you that some of them enlarge significantly and beautifully in a new window. He may be unfamiliar to some of you, but I adore Larry "Buster" Crabbe and hope you like him, too!