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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Mickey Rooney
MICKEY ROONEY (1920-2014), born Joe Yule, Jr.

The IMDB lists 261 films to Mickey Rooney's credit. It's extremely impressive. He was short in stature, but never short in drive or exuberance. Mickey Rooney was the number one box office star from 1939-1941.

Boys Town (1938)Haven't you seen Boys Town (1938)? This was my first Mickey Rooney film. He played Whitey Marsh. Spencer Tracy played the wonderful Father Flanagan who started up Boys Town.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Bill (1981) This is a made for TV movie where Mickey Rooney played a retarded man named Bill Sackter who learned to live independently after being institutionalized most of his life. It's an excellent performance. There is also a sequel called Bill On His Own. It is also good.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) This film has to have one of the largest all celebrity casts I've ever seen. Mickey Rooney played Ding 'Dingy' Bell, one of the main characters.
National Velvet (1944) He played Mi Taylor who taught Velvet Brown played by Elizabeth Taylor how to be a jockey.
Huckleberry Finn (1939) Mickey Rooney played the lead role in this wonderful classic made 1939. This year was the biggest year in Hollywood history for turning out more great films than any other year. To this day, no year has come close.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Thurs, Oct 6 2005 / 21:25:55 PST
Academy Awards®
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1939 Juvenile Award (shared with Deanna Durbin): For their (Durbin/Rooney) significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth, and as juvenile players setting a high standard of ability and achievement.
1940 Nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role: BABES IN ARMS
1944 Nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role: THE HUMAN COMEDY
1957 Nominated Best Actor in a Supporting Role: THE BOLD AND THE BRAVE
1980 Nominated Best Actor in a Supporting Role: THE BLACK STALLION
1983 Honorary Award: In recognition of his 50 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances.