Robert Osborne regularly interviews stars of the movies Turner Classics shows. Often the have been specials, such as a recent, fine one on Bette Davis, which he does not moderate. This, for me, was the most intriguing of any: All four child performers look and sound great today. Dick (Dickie) Moore seems the least enthusiastic about his days in Hollywood. But he is articulate and has lot of fascinating stories. Darryl Hickman is perhaps the most outspoken. He has a dry, sardonic manner that is appealing. And the scene from "Leave Her To Heaven" illustrating his career is brilliant.
I don't know Jane Withers from her child roles. Of course I have seen her as Josephine the Plumber and I saw her in "Giant." She is bubbly and fun here.
Margaret O'Brien looks beautiful. She and Withers are perhaps slightly less open than the men about the exploitative side of being a child star under the Studio System. On the other hand, maybe they didn't find it to be exploitative.
All four have entertaining stories about their families, their roles, directors they liked and did not like.
This is very insightful, touching, funny, a little sad. But as Yvonne DeCarlo sang in "Follies," and many have followed in her footsteps in that role since: They can all say, "I'm still HERE!"
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