Hello everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, back again to report that Ms. Norman Maine is STILL Missing.
Today, we pose a REAL challenge.
If you can identify the two subjects above, you will be awarded our informal child-star-sleuth-of-the-year award. (That and a token will get you on a New York subway.)
Because of their limited professional spans, child stars are sometimes tough to remember. Frank could NOT name the two pictured above if his life or the contents of his wallet depended on it. Joe has a warmer appreciation of child performers, and therefore regards our mystery couple as familiar faces.
In any case, you’re probably going to need help here, so check out the following hints:
— She starred opposite Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman and Judy Garland. Before entering films he was a child star on Broadway at age 13, playing a nasty Nazi youth.
— Both are still living.
— She changed her real surname to Carroll because “it sounded musical.”
— He costarred with some heavy hitters including Gregory Peck and Randolph Scott. He also played “Billy Jack” in a 1957 film directed by Budd Boetticher. This was many years before actor-writer-director Tom Laughlin created his Seventies screen version of the tough law enforcer of the same name.
— His shortened first name is the same as a famous brand of peanut butter.
— (This may give the whole ballgame away.) She had a sisterly tie onscreen with Garland and Margaret O’Brien.
— He developed into a convincing bad guy in westerns and crime dramas.
— She won a West Coast ice skating competition in 1938, three years after Sonja Henie won her Gold Medal in the Olympic Games in Germany. She also was a pretty good piano player.
— He did a lot of tv.
— She has been retired since her last movie in 1944.
So, there you have it. To provide more hints would make things a tad too easy. But never let it be said we aren’t willing to help, at least a little.
So, OK, who are these two? E-mail as soon as you can.