I saw Mickey Rooney "perform" tonight at the Cinegrill in Hollywood

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It was like a train wreck. And yet, he WAS the biggest box office draw in Hollywood for a couple of years in the late 1930s. The Tom Cruise of his day. Or Leo DiC. There's something profound, and yet profoundly depressing, about it all.

Skottie, Saturday, 12 June 2004 07:10 (sixteen years ago) link

cut him a break,he's like 90 years old.

amateur!st (amateurist), Saturday, 12 June 2004 07:23 (sixteen years ago) link

i can't believe he's still alive - he was already like 90 years old when i was a kid!!

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Saturday, 12 June 2004 07:27 (sixteen years ago) link

cut him a break,he's like 90 years old. I think I am cutting him a break. He's 83. He was performing with his wife who's like 20-25 years younger and is large enough to possess her own gravitational field--itself strong enough to prevent any talent from escaping her orbit.

Skottie, Saturday, 12 June 2004 13:39 (sixteen years ago) link

I thought he was at the Reagan funeral yesterday evening -- what, was his act doing stand-up about the dead?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 12 June 2004 13:43 (sixteen years ago) link

He was at the funeral. The show was delayed an hour and a half to give him time to get back. He told a number of jokes, "I've been married so many times..." complete with drum/cymbal hit afterward. And "sang." Sort of. Then his wife sang. But there were lots of video clips of Ava Gardner and Judy Garland. He must have a pathological need to perform, I can't imagine he didn't have to pay to book the room. It was about 25% full.

Skottie, Saturday, 12 June 2004 13:49 (sixteen years ago) link

?!?!!? Okay, I agree that is insane.

I did see him live on stage once in a touring revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum back in the late eighties, and actually he wasn't bad at all. Snuck in a few quips that were sorta dull but during one part where one of the Proteans' shoes suddenly went flying after a dance kick, he played along with it beautifully, mock-burying it and the like, even while the cast and audience were cracking up. So I'll give him that.

Now the greater question perhaps is, why were you at this show again? And will you be at the FAP today to tell us more about it? ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 12 June 2004 13:52 (sixteen years ago) link

Peer pressure!

Skottie, Saturday, 12 June 2004 13:54 (sixteen years ago) link

I fear your peers!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 12 June 2004 13:55 (sixteen years ago) link

"I was the biggest star...in the world."

El Diablo Robotico (Nicole), Saturday, 12 June 2004 14:04 (sixteen years ago) link

sssppp...BANG!

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 12 June 2004 14:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Now I get this image of Mickey Rooney trying to swim out to the ocean and drown himself, but it isn't happening.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 12 June 2004 14:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Leonardo DiCaprio is the Mickey Rooney of his day.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 12 June 2004 14:25 (sixteen years ago) link

He's already well on his way to Rooney-dom.

El Diablo Robotico (Nicole), Saturday, 12 June 2004 14:25 (sixteen years ago) link

At this point it's more like the Sonny Tufts.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 12 June 2004 14:26 (sixteen years ago) link

is leo dicaprio like five foot one?

amateur!st (amateurist), Saturday, 12 June 2004 17:24 (sixteen years ago) link

five years pass...

He was more like Michael J Fox, only with a longer peak and much more annoying.

Saw him on Broadway in 1980 in Sugar Babies with Ann Miller, and he still sold all the corny smutty stuff.

But anyway...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f30D3LSe-kY&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fhollywood%2Delsewhere%2Ecom%2F&feature=player_embedded#t=114

Indiana Morbs and the Curse of the Ivy League Chorister (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 26 August 2009 03:15 (ten years ago) link

hmm YouTube embed not showing up?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f30D3LSe-kY

Indiana Morbs and the Curse of the Ivy League Chorister (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 26 August 2009 03:20 (ten years ago) link

After battling drug addiction and a near bankruptcy caused by gambling and bad investments,[11] Rooney became a born-again Christian in the 1970s, reportedly after an angel appeared to him in a coffee shop.[12]

Cocaines a helluva etc etc.

Spy in the Cab Sav (Trayce), Wednesday, 26 August 2009 03:29 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Perrin on his fave Rooney performance, a live-TV play written by Rod Serling, directed by John Frankenheimer:

http://dennisperrin.blogspot.com/2011/05/where-sharks-laugh.html

the gay bloggers are onto the faggot tweets (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 16:24 (nine years ago) link

Leonardo DiCaprio is the Mickey Rooney of his day.
― Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, June 12, 2004 7:25 AM (6 years ago)

He's already well on his way to Rooney-dom.
― El Diablo Robotico (Nicole), Saturday, June 12, 2004 7:25 AM (6 years ago)

At this point it's more like the Sonny Tufts.
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, June 12, 2004 7:26 AM (6 years ago)

Well, guess we were wrong there.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 16:49 (nine years ago) link

The eternal comment:

i can't believe he's still alive - he was already like 90 years old when i was a kid!!
― J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Saturday, June 12, 2004

more horses after the main event (Eazy), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 16:53 (nine years ago) link

Well, guess we were wrong there.

Baby Face Nelson > Inception

the gay bloggers are onto the faggot tweets (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 17:04 (nine years ago) link

Meant more in terms of commercial profile, which I realize is anathema to you and all.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 17:06 (nine years ago) link

I git that

the gay bloggers are onto the faggot tweets (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 17:14 (nine years ago) link

anyhoo I read that Mick behaved badly at the recent TCM filmfest, so that Serling TV play sounds close to the bone.

the gay bloggers are onto the faggot tweets (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 17:16 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

Interestingly, Mickey Rooney's first film was just rediscovered in the Netherlands:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lost-mickey-rooney-film-found-692160

business nerves (doo dah), Monday, 7 April 2014 11:31 (six years ago) link

i feel like i need to watch a few of his movies, if only to try and obscure the memory of Dana Carvey going "back zoom THE WORLD"

some dude, Monday, 7 April 2014 12:09 (six years ago) link

er, bang zoom

some dude, Monday, 7 April 2014 12:09 (six years ago) link

Isn't that Jackie Gleason catchphrase?

Tompall Tudor (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 April 2014 13:21 (six years ago) link

Carvey was on a sitcom w/ MR.

who has seen Baby Face Nelson?

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 April 2014 14:15 (six years ago) link

RIP Mickey

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Monday, 7 April 2014 14:16 (six years ago) link

Only saw the Bugs Bunny parody, Morbs.

You Never Even POLL Me By My Screenname (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 April 2014 14:19 (six years ago) link

YT link here, along with praise for his role opp Caine in Pulp:

http://www.movingpictureblog.com/2014/04/rip-mickey-rooney-1920-2014.html

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 April 2014 14:47 (six years ago) link

the real stuff

“What was my appeal?” The question wasn’t entirely rhetorical, as he went on to explain: “I was a gnomish prodigy – half-human, half-goblin, man-child, child-man.”

Those qualities were as nothing compared to his flirting technique, which he characterised as “a combination of early Neanderthal and late Freud”. It was this, perhaps, that led his lover and co-star Lana Turner to dub him, in reference to his best-known role as Andy Hardy, “Andy Hard-on”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/10750247/Mickey-Rooneys-amazing-sex-life.html

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 April 2014 17:52 (six years ago) link

jimminy jillickers

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 7 April 2014 19:05 (six years ago) link

All I've seen, I think, is his scandalous Tiffany's role and (ages ago) The Black Stallion. I don't think I've ever seen any of his films with Garland, or Boys Town, or anything. What I most associate him with is one of the Academy Awards broadcasts, maybe 10 years ago, where he was stuck sitting way in the back. Forget who the host was, but he/she said something to the effect of, "Apologies to Mickey Rooney for the lousy seat--as you know, we had to make room up front for the Rock."

clemenza, Monday, 7 April 2014 20:35 (six years ago) link

I was a big fan of National Velvet as a kid - him and Liz were great together in that, imo

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 April 2014 23:04 (six years ago) link

ace wrapup by Farran Nehme

Rooney made his first indelible mark as Puck in Max Reinhardt’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both on stage and on screen. In the movie he was about 15 years old, and so good as to be almost freakish. This is not a normal kid. That laugh is positively sinister. It originates somewhere under the loincloth, rolls up past the collarbone and sprays out like a firehose. It’s not his eyes that sparkle, it’s those teeth. Any minute you feel this Puck may attach himself to someone’s ankle, terrier-style. Rooney is all the amoral mischief of childhood rolled up into one half-naked package.

http://selfstyledsiren.blogspot.de/2014/04/in-memoriam-mickey-rooney-1920-2014.html

I was sure that Babes in Arms was the one Mickey-Judy film I'd seen, but reading her summary, no, I'd have remembered that...

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 14:45 (six years ago) link

Isn't Kenneth Anger in that?

clemenza, Tuesday, 8 April 2014 14:46 (six years ago) link

legend I think

Cagney is v good in it

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 14:52 (six years ago) link

Isn't Kenneth Anger in that?

y'know, I've never seen anything that confirms Anger's claims about his childhood onscreen exploits

Serling/Frankenheimer's "The Comedian," complete. Mel Torme!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9vdpFeiS2A

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 12 April 2014 15:00 (six years ago) link

Heard on the radio this morning he's being buried in the same cemetery as Cecil B. DeMille. He's ready for his close-up.

clemenza, Saturday, 12 April 2014 15:22 (six years ago) link

Wow I really didn't realize Olivia's still with us!

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 12 April 2014 17:13 (six years ago) link

Had trouble parsing her story for a bit. Looking forward to The Comedian.

tl;dr5-49 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 April 2014 18:09 (six years ago) link

wow, The Comedian was good. Depressing, but good.

brownie, Saturday, 12 April 2014 19:06 (six years ago) link

Only got to watch the first few minutes so far, but it looked promising. Plus anything involving Rod Serling and an ulcer-ridden alpha male yelling at his staff is probably worth a look.

tl;dr5-49 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 April 2014 20:30 (six years ago) link

Olivia is the last '30s movie star standing. People really don't know Luise Rainer (age 104) anymore.

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:28 (six years ago) link

Luise Rainer is still with us? Didn't know

tl;dr5-49 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 13 April 2014 11:30 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

I watched a Mickey-Judy musical all the way through for the first time yesterday -- the first one, Babes in Arms (a Rodgers & Hart Broadway hit from which MGM, in their wisdom, jettisoned all but two of the R&H songs). Rooney's amphetaminism is tres annoying mostly, Judy sings like a dream, and they share a lengthy minstrel number in blackface. Also the title song climaxes with an uncomfortable bonfire. WTF.

(oh the stars sing "Good Mornin'", which was written for this movie, but which you know from Singin' in the Rain)

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 June 2015 15:42 (five years ago) link

haha I've never watched one of these all the way through either

Οὖτις, Monday, 1 June 2015 15:44 (five years ago) link

just clips/musical numbers (altho not the blackface one ugh lol)

Οὖτις, Monday, 1 June 2015 15:45 (five years ago) link

oh Rooney also does impressions of FDR, Gable, and Lionel Barrymore, and

The original release of the film included a segment during the finale in which Rooney and Garland lampoon Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt; this was edited from the film after FDR's death. It was thought to be lost, but was discovered on a 16 millimeter reel and restored in the 1990s.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 June 2015 20:17 (five years ago) link

Busby Berkeley directed that film; grownup casts and innuendo suited his talents better.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 June 2015 20:22 (five years ago) link

babes in arms has some pretty good stuff IIRC, predictably good camerawork in the musical numbers.

he quipped with heat (amateurist), Monday, 1 June 2015 23:03 (five years ago) link

Always makes me a little sad to think about Judy and Johnny Mercer.

RIP, Luise Rainer.

Monstrous Moonshine Matinee (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 1 June 2015 23:48 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

Mickey is indeed just about the best thing in Mike Hodges' Pulp, as an Italian-American (!) Mob-connected former movie star who hires Michael caine to write his memoirs, or does he? Only 15 minutes, maybe, of screentime but he makes em count.

Pretty crap winking would-be pastiche of a movie overall.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 16:01 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Mick really underplays a meek auto mechanic/daydreaming racer in Richard Quine's semi-noir Drive a Crooked Road -- it's a character role as the lead. Mid '50s Hollywood and Palm Springs shown in workaday fashion. Written by Blake Edwards! (who worked on a Rooney TV show w/ Quine soon after)

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 28 June 2020 01:27 (two weeks ago) link


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