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The First of May (1999)

Eleven-year-old Cory (Dan Byrd) is a foster child nobody wants. Carlotta (Academy Award-nominee Julie Harris) is an elderly woman the world has forgotten.


Paul Sirmons


Gary Rogers (written for the screen by), Gail Radley (based on the novel: "The Golden Days" by)

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Credited cast:
Julie Harris ... Carlotta
Dan Byrd ... Cory
Mickey Rooney ... Boss Ed
Charles Nelson Reilly ... Dinghy
Tom Nowicki ... Dan
Robin O'Dell Robin O'Dell ... Michelle
Gerard Christopher ... Zack
Mikki Scanlon Mikki Scanlon ... Loralie
Joe DiMaggio ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Accomando ... Roustabout
Bob Bass Bob Bass ... Additional Voices (voice)
Richard G. Blair Richard G. Blair ... Foster Agent
Rachel V. Byrd Rachel V. Byrd ... Nurse Aide (as Rachel Byrd)
Doreen Chalmers Doreen Chalmers ... Charity Worker
Ted Christino Ted Christino ... John - Foster Dad


Eleven-year-old Cory (Dan Byrd) is a foster child nobody wants. Carlotta (Academy Award-nominee Julie Harris) is an elderly woman the world has forgotten.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


An unwanted boy and a forgotten old lady find running away to join the circus is really coming home.


Drama | Family | Sport


G | See all certifications »






Release Date:

20 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cory kai Carlotta See more »

Filming Locations:

DeLand, Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

SHO Entertainment Inc. See more »
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits, there's a shot of a turtle-crossing sign; the camera pans down, and we see Mr. T crossing the street while the circus truck and Hannah-Belle wait in the background. See more »

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I had Rogers as a drama teacher!!!
15 September 2007 | by serenity2016See all my reviews

I was in Gary Rogers drama class at LSCC and he is an amazing professor. I got to be Little Red Riding Hood in a kiddie musical we put on for school kids. All the songs were really cute and the kids loved them.

We watched the movie in class and I loved it! I haven't had much luck finding it to watch on TV but have seen Dan Byrd in several things since. I haven't seen it in a couple of years hopefully I will catch the movie on TV soon. I really wanted my daughter to watch it I think she would really enjoy it.

The story line is really great and fun very family friendly!!

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