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My 50 top child actors in movies & TV history – PT 1 (50-26)

January 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

         50          KEVIN ‘MOOCHIE’ CORCORAN (1949-2015) In the fifties he was a favorite of Walt Disney, appearing in movies such as Old Yeller (1957), The Shaggy Dog (1959) and Swiss Family Robinson (1960). Kevin was married to the same woman for 43 years until his death from colorectal cancer at 66.      49          CARL ‘ALFALFA’ SWITZER [...]

DORIS DAY – Class with a capital ‘C’.

August 10, 2015 // 6 Comments

  It is hard to imagine it, but on April 3, 2016, Doris Day will be 94 years old. Ninety-four! I still watch her best movies, the ones made in the fifties, and still marvel at her exuberance, her vitality, and her unmistakable singing (and acting) talent. Movies back then had a kind of innocence, especially regarding sex, a legacy, no doubt, of the rules and restrictions imposed upon the [...]

JOHN BARRYMORE – A drunk, a rake & a rare talent.

February 5, 2015 // 3 Comments

  John Barrymore’s siblings, Lionel and Ethel, both won Oscars in their careers, but most critics are agreed that John was the best actor of the three. Not everyone agreed, however. Playwright George Bernard Shaw detested his ‘Hamlet’, describing it as one of the worst portrayals in history, accusing the actor of indulging his own ego at the Bard’s expense. Garson Kanin, by [...]