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Archive for the ‘Child Actors’ Category

For more material on child film actors of the Thirties, Forties, and Fifties, please go to boysofsummersrun.blogspot.com

We’re featuring the same information and photographs, but the older stuff will be archived here. Claude Jarman, Jr., continues as our featured honoree plus other young stars that were once household names.  In addition, we’ll be posting updates on The Boys of Summers Run, number three in the Summers Run Series, following Summers Run: An American Boyhood and Return to Summers Run.

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Libraries, the heartbeat of Small Town America

Both books in our Summers Run series have been donated to libraries in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana: The Missoula Public Library, the North Valley Library, and the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton.

Books have been donated to public libraries in Meadville, Titusville, Springboro, Cambridge Springs, Cochranton, Washington, Williamsport, and Lock Haven, all in Pennsylvania.

It’s been our pleasure to do this, in this day of limited resources and budgetary restraints.
Patronize your local libraries: there’s more going on there than just books. These are not the dull, stereotypically dry and dusty halls of yesterday. They are alive and lively institutions of learning, entertainment, and imaginative, worthwhile stimulation. . . . Jim Cotton

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Harold Russell is shown on the left, history’s only double Oscar winner for the same role. Russell won Best Supporting Actor for his role as a disabled veteran in The Best Days of Our Lives, the Best Picture of 1946. From that exposure, he was also presented an honorary Oscar for his leadership efforts on behalf of disabled vets. Claude Jarman was presented a junior Oscar for his performance as Jody in The Yearling. Shirley Temple, shown, was the presenter. Claude was likely in his fourteenth year.

Russell continued his advocacy for veterans, founding the AMVETS organization. He wrote two autobiographies but appeared in only two more films, Inside Moves and Dogtown.

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It’s thought this pleasant scene is from the premiere of The Yearling. However, it may be the Academy Awards  of 1947 when Claude was presented an Oscar for the Best Juvenile performance.

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words, my next novel in the Summers Run series. The publisher is in a bit of a dilemma in categorizing this one. Is it a:

Young Adult

Young Adult Coming-of-Age

A Literary Work

An Intergenerational Novel

Or should it be classified as General Fiction/Baseball?

The issue arises because Return To Summers Run involves all the above. It should be available later this month or early June through online retailers, from the publisher, or through your local bookstore. It’s being published as a softcover and e-book.

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This artful angle shot of Claude Jarman, Jr. was likely snapped during or slightly after principal photography on The Yearling was finished. The motion picture was released in the spring of 1947 nationwide after its Los Angeles and New York City premieres.

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