Figure 1.--This was one of the first films released after America entered World War II (December 1941). It is notable by the extent to which Americans at the time were unaware of the true dimensions of the NAZI horror. It is set in Warsaw before and after the NAZI invasion. Hitler Youth boys appear in the film.
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This was one of the first films released after America entered World War II (December 1941). It is notable by the extent to which Americans at the time were unaware of the true dimensions of the NAZI horror. It is set in NAZI. The title of course comes from a Hamlet soliquy. The film is about a a troupe of ham stage actors. The troupe is headed Joseph Tura (Jack Benny) and his wife Maria (Carol Lombard). Tragically Lombard died in an airplane crash while she was selling war bonds bfore the film was released. Jack Benny at the time was one of America's premier commedians. He turns the film into a commedy as he attemps to out maneuver the NAZI Gestapo. The problen the troupe encounters is that a spy has uncovered information that could harm the Polish. The troupe tries to prevent the Gestapo from getting its hands on the information. Hitler Youth boys appear in the film.
An unwed World War I mother is reunited during the London Blitz with the son she gave up for adoption. The boy appears in a few scenes. He is only about 6 years old, but dressed in a short pants suit, wide Eton collar, and knee socks. In earlier scenes around the airplanes, rhere is a boy in knickers and shorts.
The adventures of a Utah family in Wyoming's Teton mountains.
A 23-year old unwed man battles to adopt a 7-year old handicapped orphan. Justin Dana
This is the story of war hero Audi Murphy playing himself. The story seem far fetched, but he was in actuality the most highly decorasted soldier of World Wwar II. His exploits were hard to believe. Audi's father's disappeared and his mother is left to care for Audi and his brothers and sisters in Depression era America. The film begins in east Texas with Audi leaving school at age 12 to support his family. This is playyed very nicely, although I do not know the name of the actor who played Audi as a boy. Audi and his brothers wear overalls. After Pearl Harbor and his mother's death, Audi joins the army, after being turned down by the Marines and Navy because of his small stature. The film depicts Audi's exploits in North Africa, Sicily, Itasly, and France. There is a brief depiction of Italian street children.
Figure 2.--The filming of the American classic, "To Kill a Mockinbird" provides a look at boys clothing in the South during the 1930s. Here the three chilodren in the film help save Atticus when he confronts a lynch mob. Note that Jim and Scout both wear bib overalls.
Possibly my all time favorite book and a wonderful movie. The main character are Jim (who wears knickers, including a knicker suit) and his tom-boy sister, Scout--who wears overalls unless she is forced intoma dress. Their neighbor's nephew Dill, who wears shorts and knee socks, spends the summer with them. The children perform their parts beautifully. Set in a small southern town during the depression. Boys from less well off familes wear bib-front overalls all the time. Even though it is summer, the only boy wearing short pants is Dill. Jim himself wears overalls for play. At school the boys wear knickers ad overalls. Scout much yo her despleasure has to wear a dress. I believe that this is perhaps Gregory Peck's best performance. Peck reportedly had quite a winning way with the children. Within a few days, the little girl would crawl up on his lap like he was her father. The film was based on the best-selling novel by Harper Lee which it closrly followed. Lee was a childhood friend of Truman Capote and the character of Dill was written to protray Capote as a boy. Strangely, this was Lee's only work of any importance. This is an excellent book or film for those wanting to know what the South was like before the Civil Rights movement, although perhaps not conveying the full horror of the system.
A crazed ex-cop seizes the children in an elementary school. The children all wear winter clothes and have small parts. One boy was rather sweet as he was very protective of his little sister.
Lovely little Spanish movie about a boy who sprouts wings after a mystical experience with a flock of birds. The symolism I assume is that he is too good for this world. In one scene he hides with a bunch of mannequins. He is outfitted as Cupid and is put in a short child-style toga.
Conflicts arise between a widower and his rebellious teenage son after the boy accidentally wounds one of their price racing dogs.
A young orphan runs away to join the circus. Kevin Corcoran is quite good in the part. He wears knee pants. For his circus performance is presented a blue velvet short pants suit that he wears with pale blue tights. There is a cute scene where he is kissed by the little circus girl that has a crush on him.
A boy deals with bullying at a British public school. Includes implications of corporal punishment that these schools were noted for, but none is actually shown. Freddie Bartholomew and Jimmy Lydon.
Remake of the famous public school story. Tom (John Howard Davies) and (Robert Newton) preform nicely. One version has a brief skinny dipping scene, I'm not sure it was this one, but I didn't see it in the Freddie Bartholomew version.
Note that some films have been made with the actual title of Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Figure 2.--Jackie Coogan is seen here as Tom Sawyer in what seems a relatively accurate period costuming. Most boys playing Tom have not gone barefoot. Note the old pot-bellied stove.
A young boy becomes involved in mischief that exacerbate his guardian aunt. Several child stars were involved, Junior Durkin played Huck, Jackie Coogan plays Tom, and Jackie Searl plays the bratty Sid. It was Coogan's first talkie and he was loosing his boyish appeal. I have only seen stills and Tom (Coogan) was dressed in longs. I'm not sure abour Sid's (Searl) costume. Tom has a fight with one of the other boys. To make it realistic, the director had a private chat with each boy telling them that the other was going to really try to knock their block off. The fight became so heated that the two boys had to be pulled off each other.
Fair version of Twain classic, but opts for the cute and ordinary. Tom is played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas from TV's "Tool Time."
Color version where Tom saves Becky from a canning. The teacher puts down the little switch he was going to use and reaches for the heavy duty cane for Tom. Becky holds up her chalk board which reads "How could you be so noble?"
Musical version of Mark Twain's classic about the life of an innocent boy on the Mississippi River during the 1800s. Johnnie Whitaker plays Tom and Jeff East plays Huck. Joddie Foster plays Becky. There is a rather graphic switching scene in the classroom. Surprisingly for an American film there is even a skinny dipping scene.
I'm not sure about the exact title, but it had all the familiar incidents so it must have been Tom Sawyer or Adventures of etc. The only boy I recognized was the James at 15 boy who played Huck (perhaps not). The costumes were not elaborately done. Tom wears knickers. Obnoxious cousin Sid was often dressed up, but never anything overly sissy. One extra appeared in a light blue coat with lace collar, but he was always in the background. Becky was suitably cute (to win Tom's heart) and often wore pinafores and pantalettes. In one scene Aunt Polly (Jane Wyman) gave Tom a switching, although not a serious one, which was typical for the day.
Tom and Huck (a 13-year old Donald O'Conner) become involved in a murder mystery which involves twin brothers, a midnight trip to a grave yard, and the unmasking of an imposter. Billy Cook.
Disney film set in Scotland. See (The) Three Lives of Thomasina.
Musical based on the Who's rock opera about a deaf, mute, blind boy who becomes a modern-day messiah exploited by all. He wears a white short pants suit with white knee socks at the beginning of the film. There is a scene near the end when a girl comes home in a traditional school girl uniform.
Stephen King horror story. I believe a boy is involved.
A kidnapped boy about 6 or so is left locked in a room with a time bomb. He has a lovely little British accent. He appears only for glimpses except at the beginning and end. He is all togged out for school at the beginning, complete with blazer and cap, but with ankle socks.
Figure 3.--An orphaned Hitler Youth comes to America to live with his mother's brother. He is a Hitler Youth boy and resents leaving the Fatherland. The arrogance and contempt inculcated in him by the NAZIs strains his relationship with his new family and schoolmates.
An orphaned Hitler Youth comes to America to live with his mother's brother. The arrogance and contempt inculcated in him by the NAZIs strains his relationship with his new family and schoolmates. Their efforts at rehabilitation are futile until an act un violnce by the boy causes a belated change of heart. This World War II drama dealt with Hitler's seduction of German Youth. Few who saw it realized that it only scratched the suface of the Third Reich and how terribly successful the NAZIs were in deluding an entire generation of young people. It was Skippy Homeier's film debut. He had performed this role in live theater the year before. The film and play deal with a Hitler Youth boy who can not accept his father's oppostion to his beloved Führer and the NAZIs. He has one scene in both play and film in an Hitler Youth uniform. It was Skippy Homeier's film debut. He'd performed thisrole in live theater the year before.
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer
Ricky Schroeder plays Calvin Grahm, a 12-year old boy that enlisted in the Navy during World War II. In the parts I saw there were no interesting scenes.
Young hackers attempt to develop the most fantastic computer game ever.
While hiding from betters, a horse tipster accepts a teaching job at a boy's school.
A mother goes looking for her son only to find him dressed in her clothes and hiding in a closet. He's wearing a long dress, fancy hat, and makeup. I'm not sure about the story line.
An old man named Thomas is determined to sort out his life before he dies. He is obsessed with murdering someone named Alfred who he is convinced stole his life. His boyhood is depicted as a playful fable told set in the 1960s. It is told from the point of view of the lively little boy playing Thomas (Thomas Godet). His parents are a energetic pair with the bounce and pep of a 1960s sitcom family. Dad is an airplane pilot who likes to tell jokes and sing to the kids. Not everything was perfect. His brother had Down's syndrome, but remained good natured even when tormented by the neighborhood kids. Thomas is especially irritated by having to endure the taunts of the smug rich kid living next door who is of course Alfred. Thomas is convinced that he is living with the wrong parents and has been misplaced by the other boy. Thomas' older sister was perfection itself, the exquisite object of a little boy's vaguely incestuous adoration. When Alice begins to flirt with Alfred, Thomas has further reason to hate the boy next door. I caught the movie on TV, but just the last half. There was a glimpse of the two boys entering a school. The older boy was a very smart little fellow in a blazer, grey shorts and blue socks. The younger boy also wears shorts. The boys do not appear again. The rest of the film is a confusing jumble of scenes as Thomas grows older.
Figure 4.--This still from "Tourments" shows Tino Rossi and child prodigy Clause Capeland. Claide appdars to be wearing a fancy blouse.
A French reader reports that the French movie Tourments by Jacques-Daniel Norman in 1953 with Tino Rossi (a famous singer) and 8-year old child prodigy Claude Capeland. In the film, Claude was dressd in typical "culottes courtes" French-mode of this time. The reader who mentioned this film has some concerns about the accuracy of the costuming in many films. [HBC shares this concern and tries to address the topic in the discussion of the costuming.] The reader, however, assures HBC that the costuming in this film is a very accurate depiction of both childdren's and adult's clothes in the early 1950s. In particular, the costume worn by Jacques-Daniel was just what a well-dressed 7-8 year old boy would have worn.
Richard III orders his executioner in the Tower of London to dispose of all who come between him and the throne. This of course was where the two little princes were done away with. (All of this is questioned by some historians, but the remains of two boys were found hidden under a stir case in the Tower.)
This Kalem Studio silent film has a cast includng Judson Melford.
A tribute to the obsolete viola dea gamba (a cello forerunner). this master-and-the-errant-discipline fable is about violin composer Monsieur de Sainte Colombe and the effect he had on violist Marin Marais, played by a real life father and son (Gerard and Guillaume Depardieu). A traumatized widower musician takes on a disciple in 17th century France. There is a test of wills, but the boy is banished when an afair is discovered with the man's eldest daughter.
British men and woman captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore suffer. A few boys are pictured along with the women.
Feuding neighbors quarrel over weather they received the right children from the hospital nursery. I haven't seen this, but assume Freddy is too old to play a boy, he was about 20 years old. Freddy Bartholomew, Jimmy Lydon.
Engaging story about a "snook" hired to be the living play thing of a wealthy businessman's son.
Richard Pryor remake of the French film. Pryor plays a person who accepts a job being a toy for a spoiled rich boy played by Scott Schwartz who is about 11. In one scene he almost begins to spank the boy.
Tim Hovey goes to an American boarding run by two kind-heated, but dottery head masters--in fact the only masters. The uniform is proper gray short pants, black knee socks, and black blazers with caps. He is only seven, but most of the other boys look to be about 10-13. Most of the film is set at the schools with the boys in their uniforms. This is one of the best films with American boys in school uniform. The school is depicted rather unrealistically. The boys are referred to as "Mister" so and so. For punishment they write lines such as "Young gentlemen do not fight." Staff stand around to serve dinner. Interestingly when the boys go camping they switch to scout uniforms with long pants and their school cap. An advertising man substitutes for his imaginary father.
One American film comes to mind with boys wearing school uniforms--Toy Tiger. It stars Laraine Day and Jeff Chandler in the lead roles, along with a young star named Tim Hovey, the main juvenile character of this film. The youngster's mom is a busy
career-woman, a widowed ad agency exec (Laraine Day). He attends a boys' prep school directed by two brothers, portrayed by Richard Haydn and Cecil Kellaway. The young star, a bit envious that the other boys have dads, has created a fictional father who has
astonishing adventures all over the world--a ploy that also explains why he never visits. Our hero goes to great lengths to keep up this charade, until one day he goes too far in a verbal sparring match with a rival and announces that his dad WILL SO visit him at
the school. With a group of boys from the school watching him from a distance, he picks out a stranger (Jeff Chandler) from the bus and pretends to be the town's official "greeter". To the boys it appears that his dad has indeed arrived for a visit. In a coincidence only Hollywood could make believable, the stranger happens to work for his mom. By film's end,
they are indeed a happily family, as Ms. Day and Mr. Chandler wed. In the film the boys wear dark blue blazers, white shirts, blue ties, gray shorts, blue knee socks, and blue peaked caps.
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