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6 items from 2010


Johnny Sheffield obituary

27 October 2010 11:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Child actor who played Boy, the foundling son of Tarzan and Jane, in eight Hollywood films

After three hit Tarzan movies starring Johnny Weissmuller in the title role and Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, MGM decided to give a son to the apeman and his mate in Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939). However, he had to be a foundling because, according to the Legion of Decency, the scantily clad jungle couple were not married, and presumably never had sex. "Boy", as he was named, was played by Johnny Sheffield, who has died aged 79 of a heart attack at his California home after falling off a ladder while pruning a tree.

In the Tarzan films, the fact that the orphaned offspring of a British couple killed in a plane crash in the jungle had an American accent was never explained. Neither Tarzan, whose dialogue was limited to grunts and monosyllables, nor Boy bore »

- Ronald Bergan

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Johnny Sheffield obituary

27 October 2010 11:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Child actor who played Boy, the foundling son of Tarzan and Jane, in eight Hollywood films

After three hit Tarzan movies starring Johnny Weissmuller in the title role and Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, MGM decided to give a son to the apeman and his mate in Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939). However, he had to be a foundling because, according to the Legion of Decency, the scantily clad jungle couple were not married, and presumably never had sex. "Boy", as he was named, was played by Johnny Sheffield, who has died aged 79 of a heart attack at his California home after falling off a ladder while pruning a tree.

In the Tarzan films, the fact that the orphaned offspring of a British couple killed in a plane crash in the jungle had an American accent was never explained. Neither Tarzan, whose dialogue was limited to grunts and monosyllables, nor Boy bore »

- Ronald Bergan

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Visual Effects Supervisor Craig Barron, Oscar-Winning Sound Editor Ben Burtt at Tarzan Finds A Mate Screening

26 October 2010 4:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Visual effects supervisor Craig Barron (left, Alice in Wonderland, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Oscar-winning sound editor Ben Burtt (E.T., Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Wall-e) at a screening of both Cedric Gibbons' Tarzan and His Mate (1934) and Richard Thorpe's Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939), presented by the Academy's Science and Technology Council on Sunday, October 24, at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Tarzan and his mate are Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan. The son Tarzan finds is Johnny Sheffield, who coincidentally died this past Oct. 15 at the age of 79. Both Tarzan and His Mate and Tarzan Finds a Son! were popular MGM releases. Photo: Greg Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S. »

- Zac Gille

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Johnny Sheffield Dies: "Boy" in Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan Movies

19 October 2010 2:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

  Johnny Sheffield, best known as Boy in MGM's Tarzan movie series and as the lead in the low-budget Bomba, the Jungle Boy film series, died of heart attack at his home in Chula Vista (in the greater San Diego area) on Friday, Oct. 15. According to the Los Angeles Times obit, several hours earlier Sheffield had fallen off a ladder while pruning a palm tree. He was 79. The son of British silent-film actor Reginald Sheffield, Johnny Sheffield (born April 11, 1931, in Pasadena, northeast of downtown Los Angeles) got his film career started in Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939), in which Sheffield played a foundling — his parents (mom was future MGM leading lady Laraine Day) had died in a plane crash. Adoptive parents Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) and Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan) frolicked with Boy in two more movies, Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941) and Tarzan in New York (1942). By then, [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Irish America and the siege of Hollywood

11 July 2010 2:29 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Irish were seen as pariahs in Depression-era American. So how did they end up taking over Hollywood almost overnight?

Ethnicity, charming in small doses, too often becomes a cultural straitjacket. If we are French, we are expected to like cheese, wine and Molière, even if we prefer curry, scotch and Turgenev. If we are Jewish, we are expected to revere Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen and the Coen brothers; otherwise, we are accused of letting the side down. If we are Irish-American, as I am, it is incumbent upon us to admire all our Irish forebears who made such an impact on motion pictures during the Depression: Jimmy Cagney, Maureen O'Hara, Spencer Tracy, Pat O'Brien, Maureen O'Sullivan, Gene Kelly, Tyrone Power and Bing Crosby. I'll take Cagney, Power and both Maureens. With pleasure. The rest of them you can keep. Especially Bing Crosby.

These musings are prompted by the publication »

- Joe Queenan

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Philip French's screen legends

13 February 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

No 83 Vivien Leigh 1913-67

She was an army officer's daughter, born Vivian Hartley in Darjeeling, one of several daughters of the Raj to become actresses (others were Googie Withers, Merle Oberon, Julie Christie), and educated at convents in England and on the continent. At the age of six she confided to her school friend Maureen O'Sullivan (later her co-star in the 1938 movie A Yank at Oxford) that she was going to be a great actress, and entered Rada aged 18. Her dramatic education, however, was interrupted by marriage and motherhood. She was green-eyed, dark-haired, 5ft 3in, one of the most beautiful women in the world, and it was not long before she made an impression in minor plays and films and attracted the attention of Laurence Olivier, with whom she appeared in the costume movie Fire Over England (1937). Vivien accompanied him to Hollywood the following year, embarking on a love affair, »

- Philip French

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