Saturday, December 3, 2016

Billy Chapin, Child Star of 'Night of the Hunter' Dies

Sad to report that Billy Chapin, who memorably starred opposite ROBERT MITCHUM in 1955's "The Night of the Hunter," has passed away at the age of 72.

His sister, Lauren Chapin, reported his passing on her Facebook page:

It is with a saddened heart that I say" Good Bye " to my precious brother Billy Chapin, wonderful Star of Movies , Television and Radio. He passed away last night after a long illness but now is in the arms of his Savior.
Billy was a wonderful brother to both Michael and me. And he made us proud of all the great films he was in: Night of the Hunter, A Man Called Peter, Kid From Left Field, Tension at Table Rock, No Business Like Show Business just to name a few! He will be greatly missed.

Lauren and her brother Michael were all successful child actors during the 1940s and ’50s, according to Variety.

Chapin's most famous role was in "The Night of the Hunter" as John Harper, who, along with his sister Pearl (Sally Jane Bruce) distrust their new stepfather, Rev. Harry Powell (Mitchum) with good reason: He's only after the money stolen by their late father (Peter Graves) in a hold-up.

The film was Charles Laughton's only directorial effort, one that has only gained in stature since its release.

My condolences to Chapin's family. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Happy 99th Birthday, Robert Mitchum!

Happy Birthday to the great Robert Mitchum, who would have been 99 today. 

The star of "Night of the Hunter," "Cape Fear" and "Out of the Past" died in 1997, just before his 80th birthday. 

Enjoy this photo of him at Cannes in 1954.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

Reblog from Moira's Thread: To prove that the girls are not the only ones to make fools of themselves, here are Bud Abbott and Robert Mitchum "assisting" the Easter Bunny played by Lou Costello in 1946 at a party at the Costello house for several children of Hollywood.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Former Child Star Dick Moore Dies at 89

RIP to Dick Moore, who had a small but pivotal role as a mute employee of ROBERT MITCHUM's in 1947's Out of the Past. In the final scene of the film, he lies to make sure that Ann, the nice girl Jeff (Mitchum) was seeing, thinks he was going away with bad girl Kathie (Jane Greer) so she'll go on with her life. After she walks away in tears, he gives a final salute to the sign on the gas station that reads "Jeff Bailey."

Moore got his start as an infant in 1927's Beloved Rogue and his last film was 1952's The Member of the Wedding. In between, he played the lead in Oliver Twist, gave Shirley Temple her first kiss in 1942's Miss Annie Rooney, and starred opposite Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper.

He is survived by his wife, actress and singer Jane Powell of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Happy Birthday, Robert Mitchum

Happy 98th Birthday to ROBERT MITCHUM. The noir icon and all-around tough guy was born August 6, 1917 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. TCM is celebrating his birthday a few days late (August 12) with a full day of movies dedicated to him as part of their Summer Under the Stars series. Set those DVRs since many of these films aren't on DVD or Blu-ray.

AUGUST 12 on TCM (Times are for East Coast):

6:00 AM: Till The End of Time (1946)
8:00 AM My Forbidden Past (1951) buy dvd
9:15 AM The Sundowners (1960) buy dvd
11:45 AM Rachel And The Stranger (1948)
1:15 PM Blood On The Moon (1948)
2:45 PM The Lusty Men (1952)
4:45 PM The Hunters (1958) buy dvd
6:45 PM The Dick Cavett Show: Robert Mitchum (1971)
8:00 PM Home From The Hill (1960) buy dvd
10:45 PM Thunder Road (1958) buy blu-ray
12:30 AM The Yakuza (1975) buy dvd
2:30 AM Ryan's Daughter (1970) buy dvd

Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy 99th Birthday to Olivia De Havilland

Olivia De Havilland just celebrated her 99th birthday. The actress is now not only the last surviving cast member of 1939's "Gone With the Wind" and the oldest living Oscar winner, but she's also the last surviving cast member of "Not as a Stranger," the 1955 Stanley Kramer film she costarred in with ROBERT MITCHUM. In it, she played a Swedish nurse who falls for medical student Mitchum, who views her just as a meal ticket while he romances Gloria Grahame. It's not a great film but what a cast: Frank Sinatra, Lee Marvin, Broderick Crawford and Harry Morgan.

Grahame died in 1981, Crawford in 1986, Marvin in 1987, Mitchum in 1997, Sinatra in 1998, and Morgan died in 2011.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day: Mitchum's Daughter To Appear At UCLA Screening

UCLA shared this photo of ROBERT MITCHUM and his daughter, Petrine, on Twitter. Petrine, along with William Wellman, Jr., will attend a screening of the western "Track of the Cat" on June 28 at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, Los Angeles.

Petrine will sign copies of her book "Hollywood Hoofbeats: The Fascinating Story of Horses in Movies and Television" and Wellman will be there to sign his book about his father, "Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel" beginning at 6 p.m.

"Track of the Cat" is a 1954 Western in which Mitchum -- the head of a backwoods clan -- hunts a killer mountain lion. It costars Teresa Wright, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter, Beulah Bondi and William Hopper.

The film is part of a double bill with another Wellman western, "The Ox-Bow Incident," starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Anthony Quinn and Harry Morgan.

For more information on the program, visit the UCLA site.

The Billy Wilder Theater is located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Read more about the Mitchum Acting Clan.