Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Vanishing Legion │ Frankie Darro

 
Here is a blast from the past, a golden oldie if you will.  Frankie Darro was the greatest child actor of the 1930s, to the 1940s.  What made him so unique though was that he did all of his own stunts.  He came from a circus family.  His parents did a high flying trapeze act, so Frankie learned to be rather adept from a very young age at performing aerial acrobatics.  Most of you will probably remember Frankie as the voice of Lampwick in Walt Disney's "Pinocchio".  In 1931 he starred in a serial called "The Vanishing Legion".  This serial is two-hundred and twenty minutes long, and Frankie is in about 95% of all the scenes.  In other words he owns this serial.  He also starred in "The Phantom Empire".  See the post that I made about that movie at this link:  The Phantom Empire (1935)  In the video clip presented below, notice how Frankie does a flying leap to get on his horse.  It is quite remarkable.  Get ready for some amazing action with Frankie Darro by clicking on the video widget below.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Endyr's Movie Theater, wherever you may be.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Captain Gallant Of The Foreign Legion │ Buster and Cuffy Crabbe

In this edition of Endyr's Movie Theater I am featuring an episode from "Captain Gallant Of The Foreign Legion".  It stars the father and son team of Buster (Larry) Crabbe, and his son Cuffy (Cullen) Crabbe.  The series ran on TV from February 13, 1955 until December 7, 1957.  You might find it interesting that Buster Crabbe lived in Hawaii as youth, and he attended, and graduated from Punahou School, which is the most exclusive prep-school in the State of Hawaii.  It is the same school that President Obama graduated from.  Buster always claimed to be one-sixteenth Hawaiian because one of his seafaring ancestors was Captain John Meek who married a Hawaiian girl in the 1820s, and settled in the Hawaiian Islands.  Buster always considered Hawaii to be his real home.  Some of you may also remember that Buster Crabbe was the original Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Endyr's Movie Theater, wherever you may be.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Tom Brown's School Days │ Freddie Bartholomew

In this edition of Endyr's Movie Theater I am featuring the 1940 classic film "Tom Brown's School Days" starring Freddie Bartholomew (East).  Billy Halop (Flashman) of the "Dead End Kids" fame is also in this movie.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Endyr's Movie Theater, wherever you may be.