“Forgotten Hollywood”- Coming Mother…

Posted on March 19, 2022 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Henry Aldrich was a popular radio and television character for over a decade. Paramount Pictures envisioned a movie series that would rival Andy Hardy. From 1941 to 1944, Jimmy Lydon starred as the screechy-voice adolescent in eleven flicks. The most memorable moment in each production was mom calling out at the opening: Henry! Henry Aldrich! He would always respond: Coming mother…

“`The creation of playwright Clifford Goldsmith, Henry Aldrich began on Broadway as a minor character in What a Life.  Produced and directed by George Abbott, it ran for 538 performances. The cast included Eddie Bracken, Betty Field and Butterfly McQueen. The actor playing Henry on stage was twenty-year-old Ezra Stone.

“`Lydon began his career as a teen on Broadway after fabricating roles he had previously played. In 1939, he moved with his family to Hollywood to seek film roles. One of his first starring roles was the title character in  Tom Brown’s School Days, also starring Cedric Hardwicke and Freddie Bartholomew. Later films included Joan of ArcLife with FatherThe Time of Your Life, The Magnificent Yankee, and Island in the Sky.

“`On television, Lydon guest-starred in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Wagon Train, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Lou Grant, Simon and Simon and St. Elsewhere. Jimmy turned to production and helped to create the detective series 77 Sunset Strip, as well as the sitcom M*A*S*H.

“`Jimmy Lydon was ninety-eight

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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