Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Name Game: Mystery Man



Mystery Man #2 - the clues...He had a run of hit films - then seemed to vanish from the screen forever.

Gilby recognized Tommy Kirk, who was discovered by Walt Disney and became a "Mouseketeer" in 1955. He co-starred in "The Hardy Boys" serials and starred or co-starred in several big Disney films including Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, The Absent-Minded Professor and others...he was dropped by Disney in the mid-60s and has made the occasional low-budget picture over the years.

Great work Gilby!


Mystery Man #1 - the clues: After supporting roles in the films of two big stars, this actor's credits steadily improved.

Anonymous and KC recognized Cary Grant with just one picture and one clue. Cary had supporting roles with Marlene Dietrich and Mae West and got noticed...The Awful Truth was the film that established his screen persona and his status as a major star...and he remained a top star till he stopped making films in the mid-60s (and is still a top star of classic films). Oscar-nominated for Best Actor twice, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award after he retired.

Kudos to Anonymous and KC...

17 comments:

  1. Umm...Cary Grant? Looks and sounds like Cary Grant.

    ReplyDelete
  2. "Anonymous" recognized the gorgeous Mr. Grant right out of the box! Great guesses from Gilby and Dawn - and KC was a little late, but nailed it all the same...I'll be back in a bit with Mystery Man #2...great work, everybody!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks Eve. I thought Tony Randall because the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies helped him gain visibility. Congrats to KC and Anonymous.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Here's another clue about Mystery Man #2:

    He was part of a particular studio's stable of young stars.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Tommy Kirk is the mystery man

    ReplyDelete
  6. He sure is - good work (again), Gilby! Thanks to all who played this week...Anonymous, KC, Dawn and Gilby...it went quickly this time!

    Check back same time next week for more...

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hey, I would have gotten Tommy--but only because he was interviewed for the SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON DVD. Never would have guessed Cary. Good work, Gilby and Anonymous!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great choices! I loved seeing the picture of the handsome Archibald Leach as a young boy. And Tommy Kirk did some great performances for Disney, especially the emotional "Old Yeller." Well done, all!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi Toto - had to do some digging for that picture of young Archie Leach...and as for Tommy Kirk, I loved him in "Old Yeller (which I have only seen all the way through once because I can't bear to watch the ending) and everything else he did. Uncle Walt blew it when he dumped Tommy because of his "personal life."

    ReplyDelete
  10. Eve,Just think if "Uncle Walt" had not dumped Tommy we would have never had Ski Party and a personal favorite Mars Needs Women!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Paul - Sadly, I've never managed to watch "Ski Party" to the end (or even thru the credits) and didn't even know about "Mars Needs Women!" But of all those young Disney players at the time, I liked Tommy the most - and he could actually act! I will admit that Tim Considine was better looking, but Tommy was always the sweet one that your heart went out to...

    ReplyDelete
  12. While MARS NEEDS WOMEN is amusing in a cult movie kind of way, I enjoyed Tommy's performances in PAJAMA PARTY (with Annette) and SKI PARTY (with Frankie). Of course, keep in mind that I have a soft spot for the BEACH PARTY flicks. By the way, SKI PARTY is a semi-remake of SOME LIKE IT HOT, while PAJAMA PARTY was apparently inspired by VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET. It was Annette who helped Tommy get work after Disney let him go.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Tommy got so many great Disney parts then just got dropped. Probably the male mouseketeer who achieved the most post Mickey Mouse Club show fame was Bobby Burgess who was one of Lawrence Welk's top male dancers.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I was also fond of Kevin Corcoran in the Disney films. He starred with Tommy in "Old Yeller" and was quite good in "Pollyanna."

    ReplyDelete