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The Babby

Posted in FILM, literature with tags , , , , , , on March 14, 2014 by dcairns

There is not necessarily any educational value here, but I felt like sharing it. It will probably give you immense pleasure.

THE KIDNAPPERS (1953) is set in Nova Scotia but the two little kids are Scottish. Jon Whiteley went on to do MOONFLEET with Fritz Lang, while Vincent Winter is in GREYFRIARS BOBBY and went on to become a production manager and assistant director, working on such films as THE STUD, SUPERMAN and THE DARK CRYSTAL. The babby is Anthony Michael Heathcoat, in drag. The babby didn’t win a special Oscar, despite giving a trans performance equal to Jared Leto’s, but the other two did.

Screenwriter Neil Paterson also wrote MAN ON A TIGHTROPE, a little-thought-of Kazan picture from his anti-communist phase, and adapted ROOM AT THE TOP. These credits were enough to make him a big wheel in the nascent “Scottish film industry” so he would always be asked to sit on committees, which invariably descended into shouting matches due to his ferocious temper and stubbornness.

And that’s all I have to say. The clip’s charm needs no explication.