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Mickey Rooney: 1936

Mickey Rooney: 1936

1936. "Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy in the film Riffraff." The former child star and Hollywood icon died yesterday at age 93, rolling credits on a career that spanned two centuries. MGM publicity photo. View full size.


Hey, I've got an idea!

Let's put on a show about the life of Mickey Rooney.

Legend among legends

Even Mickey's contemporary child stars, like Freddie Bartholomew and Jackie Cooper were amazed by what he could do! I'm sure he is up there celebrating, with "Baby" Judy Garland, today!

The Big Wheel

I was about 10 when I first saw Rooney in “The Big Wheel.” Naturally I thought the film was representative of racing reality. Now possessing the wisdom of an ancient sage, I understand the story line was a bit of a stretch. Nevertheless, the film is still entertaining, and the vintage racing clips (JC Agajanian cars, Indy footage, etc.) are of particular interest.

“Requiem for a Heavyweight” has to qualify as a great film for anyone who pays attention to this stuff, and it’s arguably Rooney’s finest film moment.

Say, Kid!

Where can I buy a hat like that?

A real gentleman

I had the pleasure of meeting Mickey Rooney twice. A great talent and a great loss.


Active in his profession for about 91 years of the 93 years. We'll not see his like again. A grand run for a kid from Brooklyn.

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