Tandem Bikes & Hollywood

I stumbled over an interesting web site called “Rides a Bike” that has a large photo collection of celebrities posing with or on bicycles.  I shamelessly poached the ones that included tandems, triplets & quads because, well…. I’m a tandem geek.

But, more than that I found it interesting how the same bikes showed up in a couple different photos. Case in point, note that the same tandem is used in 1952 by Ronald Reagan & Virgina Mayo as was used in 1940 by Glenn Ford & Rita Hayworth.

Ronald Reagan and Virginia Mayo

1952: Ronald Reagan, Virginia Mayo She’s Working Her Way through College, Warner Bros.


1940: Glenn Ford, Rita Hayworth The Lady In Question, Columbia Pictures


How about the same triplet (note both are missing second idler wheel on the sync chain between the stokers) that shows up in two different movies by two different studios in 1946 – 1953?  


1946: Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, The Three Stooges – The Three Troubledoers, Columbia Pictures


1953: Gil Perkins, Lou Costello, Judith Brian, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Universal Pictures

This appears to be a “sister” triplet, nearly identical sans the extra internal tube in the front triangle and in better shape than the one used in the previous two movies noting it has both syn chain idler wheels and a nice frame pump attached to the rear stoker’s seat post.  It shows up in two movies from two different studios in 1949 and 1952.


1949: Betty Garrett, Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly, Jules Munshin, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, MGM


1952: Bonzo, Gigi Perreau, Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Sullivan, Bonzo Goes to College, Universal Pictures


How about the same quad that shows up in three different movies by three different studios from 1942 – 1948?


1942: Cecilia Parker, Peggy Moran, Frances Rafferty, Frances Raeburn, Seven Sweethearts, MGM


1944: Jackie Moran, Bonita Granville, Jane Powell, Song of the Open Road, United Artists


1948: Janis Paige, Dorothy Malone, Don DeFore, Dennis Morgan, One Sunday Afternoon, Warner Bros


A bit newer, here’s the same Rollfast tandem that made an appearance in both a motion picture and a TV series in 1965.


1965: Barbara Harris Jason Robards A Thousand Clowns, United Artists


1965: Frank Sinatra Jr., Patty Duke, The Patty Duke Show: Every Girl Should Be Married


The rest of these represent the balance of the tandems that appeared in “Rides a Bike”. I’m guessing if I looked hard enough I’d find a few more tandems with Hollywood pedigree, but this suffices for now.  Note that about two thirds of the tandems in these photos didn’t have enough air in their tires!


1948: Veronica Lake, Mona Freeman, Mary Hatcher, Billy De Wolfe, Richard Webb, Patrick Knowles, Isn’t It Romantic?, Paramount


1933: Fay Wray Gary Gooper One Sunday Afternoon, Paramount


1941: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Bobs Wetson, Bohunk, Men of Boys Town, MGM


1929: Chester Conklin, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Chester Morris, Gertrude Olmstead, Sally Eilers, Show of Shows Warner Bros.


1944: Joan Davis, Constance Moore, Show Business, RKO Radio Pictures


1939: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Hook Line and Sinker, A Radio Picture


1956: Laraine Day, Jeff Chandler, Tim Hovey The Toy Tiger Universal


1979: Americathon United Artists


1983: Jon Voight, Robby Kiger, Roxanna Zal, Son Hoang Bui, Table for Five Warner Bros.


1951: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Jack Smith, On Moonlight Bay Warner Bros.


About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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2 Responses to Tandem Bikes & Hollywood

  1. Mike Wilkinson says:

    Great pictures! My wife (world’s greatest stoker) and I had some good laughs. Thanks!

  2. Steven says:

    Tandem Geek: Thanks for going through the Rides a Bike site and considering all of these images! Keep on coming back, we have more tandem photos in the collection! Cheers, Steven @ Rides a Bike (http://ridesabike.tumblr.com)

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