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Patricia McCormick, First Lady Bullfighter
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  • Reefer Madness to Captain Midnight

    Big Spring born Tex O'Brien starred in the classic 1936 anti-dope film Reefer Madness: (If you can endure it.),M1


    David Poole Fronabarger
    May 31, 1912
    Big Spring, Texas, USA


    November 8, 1969 (aged 57)

    O'Brien became familiar to movie audiences in the 1940s as the hero of the famous MGM comedy short film series Pete Smith Specialties narrated by Pete Smith. O'Brien wrote and directed many of these subjects under the name David Barclay.

    He also appeared in many low-budget Westerns, often billed as 'Tex' O'Brien, alluding to his home state. To modern audiences, he is most likely best to be remembered as a frantic dope addict in the notoriously dated low-budget exploitation film Reefer Madness (1936), yelling "Play it faster, play it faster!!" to a piano-playing girl in possibly the film's most hilarious scene. He appeared in Queen Of The Yukon (1940) as Bob Adams.

    In 1942, O'Brien starred in the movie serial Captain Midnight.

    One of his later roles was in the film musical version of Kiss Me, Kate (1953), a rare featured role for the actor in an 'A' list big-budget production.

    O'Brien married one of his co-stars of Reefer Madness, Dorothy Short, in 1936, but they divorced in 1954 after having two children. In 1955, he married Nancy O'Brien and had three more children. A very keen yachtsman and sailor, he died aged 57 of a heart attack aboard a 60-foot sloop named The White Cloud while competing in a yachting race off the California coast near Catalina Island. 

    There are three Fronabargers, seemingly all males, buried at Mount Olive Cemetery in Big Spring. No dates are known for their deaths. Might they have died of a small pox or swine flu epidemic? If they were buried at the first cemetery (on the northside) then moved to the new Mount Olive their death dates may have been lost at that time.  --DP

    Note this:

    Jean Porter, a fairly famous actress from Big Spring. BS Herald 26 January 1947