Nov 25, 2014

Allen Pinson

 Allen Pinson (1916-2006) was a fencing expert and was one of Clayton Moore's stunt doubles on "The Lone Ranger" TV series. Allen's credits include "The Three Musketeers" (1948), "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), "From Here to Eternity" (1953), "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1956), "The Wrecking Crew" (1968), "The Poseidon Adventure" (1973), and "Live and Let Die" (1973). Allen's television credits include "Mission: Impossible" and "Star Trek." Allen was a member of the Stuntmen's Association.

Below: Allen (in sunglasses) was Robert Culp's stunt double on the TV series, "I Spy" (1965-1968). This is from the episode, "Tag, You're It" (1968).

Below: Allen (right) in the "I Spy" episode, "This Guy Smith" (1968). On the left is series star, Robert Culp.

Allen gets a kick in the face from Clint Eastwood in "Coogan's Bluff" (1968).

Below: Allen (left) in "Mr. Majestyk" (1974) starring Charles Bronson. On the right is actor Paul Koslo.

Below: Also from "Mr. Majestyk," Allen doubling Al Lettieri.

Nov 4, 2014

Tap Canutt

Edward Clay "Tap" Canutt (1932-2014) was the oldest son of the legendary Yakima Canutt. His nickname comes from "tapadero," a leather covering on the front of the stirrup on a saddle. Tap worked on films including "Ben-Hur" (1959), "Spartacus" (1960), "The Alamo" (1960), "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963), "Cat Ballou" (1965), "Planet of the Apes" (1968), "The Wild Bunch" (1969), "A Man Called Horse" (1970), "The Omega Man" (1971), and "Joe Kidd" (1972).

Below: One of Tap's first jobs was on "Hangman's Knot" (1952) starring Randolph Scott. Tap's father, Yakima Canutt, was the second unit director. Tap performed several horse stunts.

Below: Tap also played a Calvary soldier.

Below: Yakima Canutt (left) with his sons, Joe and Tap, on the set of "The Guns of Fort Petticoat" (1957).

Below: Tap in an episode of "26 Men" entitled, "Tumbleweed Ranger" (1959) which was also a pilot for a series that would have starred Tap.

Below: Tap in action.

Below: Tap (left) had a supporting role as Pat Boone's rival in "State Fair" (1962).

and received a kiss from Ann-Margret.

Below: Tap (right) from an unidentified film.

Below: Tap (far left) in "The Wolf Man" episode of "Daniel Boone" (1967). Next to Tap is his brother, Joe Canutt.

Below: From "The Cowboys" (1972). Left to right: actor Bruce Dern, Tap Canutt, Chuck Courtney, Tony Epper, and Glenn Randall, Jr.