The Daily’s newest correspondent is Elena Passarello, who will be writing about famous animals from history. This week’s beast is the silent-film star Tony the Wonder Horse.
Tom Mix and Tony at their best! Rip snortin’ action!—break neck horsemanship! A thrill for everybody!
—Destry Rides Again promo poster, 1932.
When they were about to do a difficult scene, Tom would pat Tony on his nose and say, “Now, look, Tony, here’s the way we’re going to do this.” And then that was the way they did it.
—Olive Mix, 1957.
Tom once told a newspaperman that I liked to show off. Well, I’ll tell you something. He likes to show off too. Do you think he would do all those difficult and dangerous tricks if he thought nobody would see them?
—“Tony’s Story Told By Tony Himself,” 1923.