July 3, 2021

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Why Tin Tan didn’t want to appear on television

Why Tin Tan didnt want to appear on television
It is possible that, at first, Tin Tan had a bad eye on the rise of television (Photo: Twitter / @cinemexicanotv)

Germán Valdés “Tin Tan” He was one of the most prolific comedians in Mexican cinema during the Golden Age. After that, with the return of Hollywood and the death of several industry stars in the country, there has been talk of a decline in the career of the actor and singer.

After his successes on tapes such as The disobedient son Y Tender zucchini, Germán continued to participate in countless films that passed without pain or glory. On the other hand, the comedian gradually stopped being the main star of the films to become a supporting actor.

It was in these years that television began to gain strength and by the 60s it was the new bet to launch new artists to stardom. Chip and Capulina they had their program, Chabelo was emerging next to Ramiro Gamboa.

The heyday years in the cinema were behind him for the comedian and he had to settle for small roles in films of later years (Photo: Wikipedia)
The heyday years in the cinema were behind him for the comedian and he had to settle for small roles in films of later years (Photo: Wikipedia)

However, Tin Tan didn’t seem willing to be on the small screen at first.. Perhaps he received offers, but for several years he preferred to continue financing his films even if it represented strong blows to its economy.

The answer to why he did not seem so convinced with the new means of communication would be given in 1968 in an interview with Antonio Salgado Herrera. “Television makes artists cheaper, since people, instead of paying to see them in the cinema, prefer to see them for free on television”he declared.

Years later, in 1973, his last film would come out: The stingray captain. By that year Germán was already in the decline of his life; he had health problems, there were debts to pay and the project, it is said, was his last attempt to recover some money. He spent about 300 thousand pesos in the hope that it would be profitable.

Captain Mantarraya was Tin Tan's last film (Photo: Twitter / @zapato_viejo)
Captain Mantarraya was Tin Tan’s last film (Photo: Twitter / @zapato_viejo)

The beauty of this movie was that it was the only one in which the comedian he was able to work alongside his siblings Ramon Y Manuel “The crazy one”. Unfortunately, Germán could not verify if that film met his expectations, since died on June 29, 73, months before the premiere of the film.

However, many years later, her daughter Rosalía Valdés would return to the theme of Tin Tan’s latest film. Through the official site made to commemorate the comedian, the actress revealed that The stingray captain It was not planned to be a film, but an entire television series.

Germán Valdés planned to achieve success on the screen through a series of shorts. The name was The Adventures of Captain Manta Ray. It consisted of 35 chapters and was aimed at a young audience. However, as explained by Rosalía, Televisa and the channels that were emerging at the time rejected his idea.

It was the only film in which he was able to work alongside his two brothers, Ramón and Manuel "Crazy" (Photo: File)
It was the only film in which he was able to work alongside his two brothers, Ramón and Manuel “El Loco” (Photo: File)

This change of opinion may have been thanks to his brothers Ramón and Manuel. The first was already associated with Roberto Gómez Bolaños, the comedy writer who by then had already launched shows like The Gomez citizen, The super geniuses of the square table Y Chespirito.

In turn, Manuel had also done his thing with Midday varieties, Operation Ha Ha Y Crazy salad. This duo of the Valdés knew that television was the new form of entertainment and they would soon have their greatest hits in The boy of 8 Y The show of Loco Valdés.

Captain Mantarraya was planned to be a series of shorts for television, not a film that ultimately passed without pain or glory (Photo: Twitter / @ jairrosales77)
Captain Mantarraya was planned to be a series of shorts for television, not a film that ultimately passed without pain or glory (Photo: Twitter / @ jairrosales77)

Be that as it may, Tin Tan He left as part of his inheritance a series of libretti, drafts and writings where the ideas of Captain Mantarraya were reflected. Rosalía said they were willing to offer them to anyone who wanted to show their father’s project.

However, he also considered that the idea of ​​this series of shorts would suit Germán well. Since it was a series centered on the sea, he could show what lto marine life that he experienced firsthand with his yachts and on the Mexican coasts.

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