Friday, September 30, 2016

Bobby Breen, "the most alarming vocal phenomenon of the day"

Sorry, folks, but I couldn't watch all 4 minutes and 5 seconds of this clip.

Bobby Breen, a Child Star Who Hit a High Note in the 1930s, Dies at 87.  (The New York Times, 9/24/2016)
Meteoric, in other words. He was Bobby Breen, and in a torrid run of seven more films over the next three years, he melted maternal hearts and emerged as a major star, in the same league as Mickey Rooney, Jane Withers and Freddie Bartholomew, earning $50,000 a year — a huge sum then — from testimonials alone.
Admit it, you never heard of him, even if the New York Times memorialized him, after all these years, with a 1062-word obituary.  (I'm just looking for some company here.)

"All the News That's Fit to Print."

And that's why I've been a subscriber for 30-some years.  And before I subscribed, I purchased a copy each day, whenever possible, going back to the early 1970s

IMDb lists 11 credits

From whom 'Flo' learned her chops.

Related post:
Jane Withers.  (New Georgia Encyclopedia)

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