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Archive for the ‘Claude Jarman’ 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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His career began in the silent screen era and extended clear into the late 1980s when he made his last appearance before the cameras. Television fans will remember him as a naval officer and the lead in the television series, Hennesy, back in 1959-1962. He consulted with fellow actor Claude Jarman, Jr., on the role as Claude was serving in the U. S. Navy at the time the series was under development and stationed in southern California. Cooper remains one of the few child actors with a life-long career in the business as actor, producer, and director. He also served with distinction in the United States Naval Reserve, attaining the rank of captain and was once recommended for advancement to the rank of rear admiral, conditioned upon serving a tour in the Pentagon. Cooper chose film work instead.

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somewhere on the studio lot, it would appear. The Jarman family located temporarily in Los Angeles after Claude passed his screen test for the part of Jody Baxter in The Yearling. His selection by director Clarence Brown is a story only Hollywood could write. Brown surveyed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of candidates in school rooms all across the South, looking for a boy with both the charisma and intelligence to carry a large portion of this movie. He posed as a building inspector once securing permission of the school’s principal, while looking for a boy that caught his eye as having potential. Imagine such a masquerade today!

Claude was summoned to the principal’s office for his first interview with the understanding he would alert his folks of Brown’s interest and to expect a visit to the home. Reportedly, Claude forgot the meeting and went to the Boy Scouts that evening instead.

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