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Freddie Bartholomew (1924-1992)

  1. Billy & Bobby Mauch, The Prince and the Pauper, 1937.   Two Freddies may have  been better than one but the studio decided on real twins…  For the boyhood version of Fredric March’s hero, producer Hal Wallis started talks about loaning MGM’s child star. Until seeing how much the Mauches resembled March. Burbank legends insist that poor Billy and prince Bobby, often swopped roles, without director Meryn LeRoy noticing. Billy made 15 films between 1936-1951, before transferring to  to the sound  department for the next 30 years.  Bobby quit after six roles and went into editing  - Dragnet among other TV  shows. 
  2. Frankie Thomas, Flying Cadets, 1940.      Universal’s plan to have ex-kid stars Bartholomew and Jackie Cooper being taught to to fly, were scrapped and, instead, they became Two Bright Boys… while Thomas and Riley Hall took over the joystick.
  3. Clark Gable, Adventure, 1945.      The ex-child star needed an adult break but with his war service over, MGM saw more profit in: Gable's Back and Garson's Got Him.  “And they deserve each other,” snorted critics.  Gable agreed: “It was lousy!”
  4. Jimmy Lydon, Life With Father, 1946.      Somehow, Bartholomew tested but lost out to Lydon for Clarence Day, aka eldest son of William Powell and Irene Dunne in  the film of Broadway’s longest running  play.
  5. Dean Stockwell, Kim, 1950.       Following the lad's triumph in Captains Courageous, 1937, MGM found him another Rudyard Kipling tale. He posed with Indian elephants for the newsreels but the expensive film was never made until... he was 26!

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