30 October 2015

EFSP's Dazzling Dozen: Boys Will Be Boys

During our trip to the Pordenone Silent Film Festival earlier this month, we did a post on twelve silent cowboys. We liked the concept. So we started a new series especially for Postcard Friendship Friday: a dozen postcards with a theme. This Friday and the next it is postcards of child stars. The following week twelve little girls who provided keen and tough competition to Shirley Temple. Today, postcards from different countries and different times which all confirm that boys will be boys....

Our Gang
Our Gang. Dutch postcard. Caption: "Gelukkig Nieuwjaar" (Happy New Year).

French postcard. Photo Eclectic Films.

Clément Mary (1905-1974) was as Bébé the best known child actor of the early 1910s. He would later act in French sound films as René Dary.

Ermanno Roveri in Il piccolo patriota padovano
Italian postcard, no. 3373. Photo: Film Artistica Gloria, Torino. Ermanno Roveri in Il piccolo patriota padovano (Leopoldo Carlucci Gloria 1915). Caption: No longer able to stand the beatings and the hunger, he escapes his tormentor.

Italian actor Ermanno Roveri (1903-1968) started his career as child star, a.o. in various adaptations of the stories from Cuore, such as Dagli Appennini alle Ande, Naufragio, Il piccolo patriota padovano and Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino, all filmed in 1915-1916 for the company Gloria Film.

Henkie Klein
Dutch postcard by B. Brouwer, Amsterdam. Photo: Bernard Eilers, Amsterdam.

Little Henkie Klein (1921-?) was a child actor in German and Dutch films of the silent era. He was called the 'Dutch Jackie Coogan'.

René Poyen
French postcard. Photo Ajax, no. 172.

René Poyen (1908-1968) was a famous child star in silent French cinema, who started at the age of four as the popular character Bout-de-Zan at the Gaumont film company. Most of his burlesque comedies were filmed by Louis Feuillade.

Jean Forest
French postcard by Cinémagazine, no. 238.

Jean Forest (1912-1980) is best remembered for his touching, naturalist and convincing performances as boy actor in the silent French films by Jacques Feyder: Crainquebille (1922), Visages d'enfants (1923-1925) and Gribiche (1926).

Peter Bosse
German Postcard by Ross Verlag, no. A1276/1. 1937-1938. Photo: Manassée-Ricoll, Wien / Mondial.

Actor, presenter and journalist Peter Bosse (1931) was a popular child star of the German cinema in the 1930s. The boy with his cheeky face made 28 films.

Oliver Grimm
German postcard by Kolibri-Verlag G.m.b.H., Minden/Westf., no. 2000. Photo: H. / Fü.

Oliver Grimm (1948) was Germany's favourite child star for more than a decade, He made 17 films between 1952 and 1963.

Pascal Lamorisse in Le ballon rouge (1956)
Italian postcard in the series Piccoli uomini nel cinema by Ed. Villaggio del Fanciullo, Bologna. Photo: Cino del Duca. Publicity still for Le ballon rouge/The red balloon (Albert Lamorisse, 1956).

French child actor Pascal Lamorisse (1950) is known by film lovers all over the world because of his parts in the short films Crin blanc: Le cheval sauvage (1953) and Le ballon rouge (1956), both directed by his father, Albert Lamorisse.

Pablito Calvo
Italian postcard by Ed. Villaggio del Fanciullo, Bologna. Photo: E.N.I.C. Publicity still for Marcelino, pan y vino/Marcelino Bread And Wine (1955).

Pablito Calvo (1948–2000) was a Spanish child actor. After the international success of Marcelino, pan y vino/Marcelino Bread And Wine (1955), he became a star. At the age of 16, he retired.

German promotion card by Ariola, no. Ar 108. Photo: Norbert Unfried.

Dutch singer and actor Hein Simons (1955) was a famous child star in the 1960s under the name Heintje. He sang in Dutch, English, German, Japanese and Afrikaans, and he sold more than 40 million records worldwide. His greatest hit was Mama. Between 1968 and 1971 he also starred in six German light entertainment films, of which one became surprisingly popular in Red China.

Italian postcard. Photo: publicity still for Incompreso/Misunderstood (Luigi Comencini, 1966) with Stefano Colagrande. Caption: "Questo è il solo film che andro a vedere. James Bond" (This is the only movie I'll go to see. James Bond). This sweet and sad film is also a personal favourite of EFSP's editor-in-chief a.k.a. 008.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday, hosted by Beth at the The Best Hearts are Crunchy. You can visit her by clicking on the button below.


Bunched Undies said...

great series of pictures

Beth Niquette said...

These are just FABULOUS! Wow! I adore this series. Little boys are so wonderful--these remind me of my own dear boy when he was young. Thank you for posting this series! I am honored you have done this for Postcard Friendship Friday. ((hugs)) Have a perfectly lovely rest of the week, my Friend.