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This Australian film is based on a true story about three Aborignee girls taken away from their mothers and raised in a boarding school. Three of them simply decided to walk across Australia to get home. Two make it. It is a testimony to the strength of the human spirit. The name comes from a fence built accross Australia to limit the spread of rabbits. The girls use it to guide themselves home.
The film is based on an Updike novel about a high-school basketball player stuck in an unhappy marriage. It opens with boys playing basketball. Some are wearing khaki knee length shorts, not basketball shorts. Rabbit has a little blond son, Nelson who is about 6 years old. Rabbit complains when his parents call the boy Nellie. The boy only wears long pantss.
A widower buys and marries an indentured servant. Little Davy, his son at first rejects her, but both he and his father come to love her. The son has quite an important part and plays it quite well. I've seen him before, but don't know his name. There is no notable period costuming, except for a long nightgown the boy wears. The movie in typically modest American style even has a scene where the boy goes swimming. Now you know in the period in which the movies was set, about the 1830s, that boys would skinny dip. In Davy's case he goes in his dark-colored underdrawers which look like long short pants. Ridiculous as back woods boys probably didn't even have underdrawers--let alone wear them for swimming. Even so the movie is worth seeing for the boy's performance.
Film about a "unfulfilled" elementary teacher in a small New England town. A still I saw pictures the children, but all girls so HNC is not sure what the boys wore.
Woody Allen movie nostalgically returning to a time now perceived as innocence and hope. It presents America's pre-TV infatuation with radio through one family in the 1930s-40s. Lovely little movie set around the reminiscences of boy about 10 years old. He is played by a personable little chap. He generally wears knickers, including a knicker suit. He switches to longs, for his Cub Scout uniform. (While American Cubs had worn knickers, when the uniform was changed in 1943?, most Cubs began wearing long pants rather than short pants.) His father tries tob give him a licking with a belt when he ruins his mother's coat, but stops when the radio announces a developing tragedy where a girl falls down a well. Hisbfather realizes how lucky they were to have a son and how unimportant a coat was. The boys go plane spotting for Germans, but get side tracked. I must say thatthe movie brought back memories for me. I was a bit younger, but the houses, the clothes (except for the knickers), the school, the radio shows, all seemed similar to my childhood. Radio was in fact a very important part of my childhood until we got our first television.
A rare movie which focuses on the children, two brothers, in the film. The film is set in the California suburbs during the late 1960s. The boys, Mike and Bobby (Elijah Wood and Joseph Mazzello), preform adequately. They wear mostly jeans, rather unrealistic as shorts were widely worn by California boys in the 1960s. The reviews are largely negative, several reviewers criticized the boys "hypersensitive" cuteness. Unfortunately it is a rather horrifying tale of an abusive stepfather who inexplicably targets the younger boy. Most of the film deals with the boys' attempt to escape from his abuse. The setting is rather evocative for me, even though it is set well after my childhood. The boys, however, dressed rather as I did as a child, striped "t" shirts and jeans. And of course like most American kids, I also had a red Radio Flyer wagon.
A small group of Confederate partisans escape from a Union prison and plan to burn a small Vermont town in reprisal for the sacking of Atlanta. Tommy Rettig has a small part, but I haven't seen the film.
Indiana Jones cliff hanger. An Oriental boy wearing a baseball cap has a major role.
See " Il Ferroviere ".
Circumstantial evidence implicates an innocent young boy in a murder.
"The Railway Children" is the film version of the classic Edith
Nesbit's famous children's 1906 children's book. Adventure classic about three children who are relocated to Yorkshire from London. They live by a railway line in a small village. They seek to clear their imprisoned father from a false charge of espionage. I believe that the girls wear smocks and the boy knickers. We have, however very little specific information anout this version. A HBC reader tells us that "It was the better version, although some versions cut a scene out of the film. In the children's paper back of the book which contained lots of still from the film. There are still shots showing the fire on the canal brage."
This is the charming Masterpiece Theatre rendition of Edith
Nesbit's famous children's book. The movie was released in 2000. The book is set in contemporary times--Edwardian Britain. The plot concerns the well-to-do Waterbury family of London who are thrown into strained circumstances when the father is arrested. They have to move to Yorkshire where they live in a modest house near the eailroad tracks. They make friends with the railroad workers. The costuming is realistic, suitably Edwardian. The boys wear either knee pants or knickers, both with long black stockings.
An Irish widow finds new love with an American veteran. The film is basically of no interest, but the beginning of the movie flashes back to the family before the husband is killed. His son is about 13, a little red headed chap. He wears longs and just appears as a child in the flashback at the beginning.
Lukas Haas plays Buddy, a sensitive boy who narrates the film as an older man. The film was set in 1935 and Buddy is meant to be 13 years old. The family takes in a young woman--orphaned Rose to prevent her from falling into trouble. From the beginning Rose is a de-stabilizing influence, especially for Buddy who makes her the object of all his adolescent curiosity. One sceme was apparently too explicit for the British whose censors cut 20 seconds of the scene, apparently when he tried to touch Rose. In an interview Lucas said that the movie simply reflected how boys really feel at that age. I saw a promo on TV and showed a front porch scene from the movie or set. Some children were setting on the porch, one had curls and was dressed in a sailor suit with white socks and sandals. It flashed by so fast, however, I couldn't tell whether it was a girl or boy.
A man whose son has been kidnapped must make a crucial decision.
A rich man's 10-year old son, Sean Mullen (Brawley Nolte) is kidnapped by a vicious gang. Brawley, who is Rick Nolte's son, plays the part beautifully.
A delightful movie about coming of age at a Catholic boy's school during the occupation. The film progresses in a series of vignettes that gradually become more serious. In French with English subtitles.
Patrick Creadon and Anthony Michael Hall. Tom and Huck share entirely new adventures when they over here a plot to swindle town people.
The story of the virtually illiterate monk Rasputin and the Russian royal family is one of the most often told tales of World War I. It is one of the many examples of actual history being stranger than fictional stories. This 1996 made for TV movie prominently features the Tsarevitch Alexis and the many uniforms that he wore. Alexis usually wore a sailor suit for normal wear. He occasionally dtressed up in elaborare formal uniforms. After the War began in 1914, he began wearing army uniforms eben going to the Front with his father.
'Rasputin and the Emperess' was one of the major Hollywood film of 1932. It depicts the family of Tsar Nicholas and the influence of the Siberian faith healer--Rasputin. Hec is usually described as the 'mad monk'. It is of course a popular story for film makers. The basic story is true, although Hollywood, as in this film, typically insert all kinds of fictional twists. Usually nothing comes of it beyond mangeled history. This time Hollywood got into trouble. The film is notable because it was a kinf of Barrymore family fest. It stared all three Barrymore siblings: John (as Prince Chegodieff), Ethel (as Czarina Alexandra), and Lionel (as Grigori Rasputin). It is the only movie in which all three Barrymore siblings appeared together. The basic story line is now familiar, but not so familiar to movie audiences at the time. The reform-minded Prince Paul is depicted as being concerned about the plight of the ling-suffering Russian people and knows a revolution threatens the imperial dynasty. At the center of the drama is the Tarivitch Alexei, ably played by Tad Alexander, a major child star of the early talkies Alexi is the heir to the imperial throne. The Tsar has a large family, but Alexi is the only boy and thus the only child entitled to inherit the throne. Alexi has hemophilia and a slight bruise can be life-threatening. The royal physician Dr. Remezov and the medical knowledge of the day is powerless to staunch the bleeding, He is loved by the Russian people who are kept unaware of his condition. His parents adore him and are terrified of the slightest tumble. Princess Natasha, the Tsariuna Alexandra's lady-in-waiting, and Prince Paul's fiancee, recommends Rasputin as a healer to the Emperess. Rasputin convinces the frantic Empress that he has been sent by God to cure the child. Left alone with Alexei, he hypnotizes the boy and thus manages to relieve his agony. He thus makes Alexei a slave to his will. The film is not only notable for all the Barrymores together, but because it resulted in a huge law suit fought out in both America and Britain. As a result of the film's inaccurate portrayals of Prince Felix and Irina Yusupov as Prince Chegodieff and Princess Natasha the parties thst survived the cRevolution sued MGM. The studio settled out of court, but paid through the nose. The offshhot was the little disclimer one sees in movies and television stating something like the film is a work of fiction and any similarity to actual events is coincidental.
Exploitation of a half boy, half rat by a window dresser trying to make his fortune.
A Scottish reader writes, "Another film that you should probably include in your list of scottish films--"Ratcatcher". It is another film influenced by Bill Douglas' trilogy. It displays boys in Glasgow during the 1970s: "bomber" jackets or parka-type coats, proper buttton-up shirts ( t-shirts were sloppy, unless worn as vests under the shirt), jeans and short hair. Jersey's were for Mummies-boys - but it was good to have a warm coat - with fur and a hood - especially if you'd given your hair the wet-look and then it turned out freezing. I think the costuming was very accurate for the time. One odd thing - in The Guardian review it mention's James being made to wear his dead friend's Clarkes sandals. [Poetry] I recall those sandals - but not for a 12-year old if he wanted to avoid a roasting from his pals (in Edinburgh maybe, but not Glasgow). Maybe I missed out on this, or the other boys mum was trying to spruce him up. Not all Scottish films are so drear - some just show another side of life - and, for HBC's purposes, do record changing fashion."
David Ladd, the son of Alan Ladd, turns in a credible performance as a boy who likes animals, including fish. He especially likes barracuda.
Rather awful production of a Somerset Maughn novel. There is one interesting scene fairly early on. An American seeking truth travel's around France. He stops in a village to ask directions and is surrounded by a group of French school boys in smocks.
Talented moppet is sought by rival cereal manufacturers who want her to do their singing radio commercials and a step father who wants to cash in. Shirley Temple.
London evacuees are brought to the village of Holysea during the rocket attacks of World War II. They are a mirror image of the adult world. Somewhat like Lord of the Flies, but less coherent. In the still I saw the boys wear jackets and ties, but I'm not sure if they wear shorts, but given the year depicted surely they must. As the film focuses on the boys, it would be worth seeing. It is based on the novel, The Custard Boys by John Rae.
Made for television movie about a boy (Ricky Schroeder) who tries to stop his dad from committing suicide. Ricky is about 13 in the film. I saw bits of it and he wore longs in the parts I saw.
A short film about a lonely little French boy who finds a balloon that follows him through the streets of Paris. It is a film fantasy classic about childhood. Directed by Albert Lamorisse. A children's book, The Red Baloom with photographic illustrations was published in 1956. It proved popular and was made into a movie. The clothes worn by the boys was changed in the movie, the boy, who is only about 5 years old, wears long pants.
Frankie, a 10-year old Indian boy, and his beloved stallion become the targets of bigotry in a turn of the century white community. Juan Gonzalez
Story of a poor Finish farmer, set at the turn of the Century during Czarist rule. The film spends quite a bit of time on the family which includes at least four young children, two boys and two girls.
A boy (Peter Miles) escapes from a troubled home environment through the friendship with a ranch hand and a very special pony. The boy grieves after losing his beloved pony. Adapted for the screen by John Steinbeck from his novel.
A young boy (Clint Howard) escapes a troubled home environment through his friendship with a ranch hand and a very special pony. He grieves after losing his beloved pony. Clint played the part reasonably well. I didn't see the entire movie, but it looks like the boy is dressed primarily in farm overalls. His father insists that he always says "sir."
A sheriff who fatally wounds a swindler promises the man that his son will not learned how he died.
I think this was a series of shorts. Bobby Blake played Little Beaver.
A young woman tries to retrieve a magic talisman. Schwarzenager Conan-type epic featuring an oriental boy about 10-years old who plays a disposed prince. I only caught glimpses, but I don't think there are any interesting scenes.
During World war II a teenage boy played by Richard Thomas becomes the head of the household.
The wife and mistress of a dictatorial school master plot his murder.
The only childhood appearance of Dick Van Patten who at the age of 12 played opposite his sister, Joyce. The cast also included Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer.
The Reivers is a wonderful film set in Mississippi, about 1905. A good Steve Mc Queen film with Will Geer as the grandfather turned in fine performances. It fearured accurate period clothing. The narration by Burgess Meredith contained some excellent lines. The film was based on the Faukner book about the risque exploits of a well brought up 11/12 year old boy (Mitch Vogel). He has to "do his manners" when meeting people. With a never-do-well cousin (McQueen) they take off for the big city in his father's car. The boy wears knee pants and long stockings. In one scene he is shown putting on his stockings.
Nice little movie about an eccentric businessman with two families. Some of his boys are in turn of the century outfits.
A psychiatrist falls in love with the mother of the boy he saves.
An elderly school teacher, waiting in a hotel lobby to see a former pupil, remembers his boyhood days and her own lost love. Children, especially 13-year old Dewey (Douglas Croft?) have extended sequences. The boys mostly wear knickers. Dewey's best friend is Steve (Billy Dawson). Peter (William Henderson) dresses in a very smart knicker suit. The boys usually wear ordinary knickers, but are also seen in knicker suits. Near the end of the film, Dewey finally gets a long pants suit. He is soon holding them in front of a mirror to see how he will look in them. The teacher (who he has a crush on) comes to visit him and comments on them. He pretends not to really care, but decides to wear them to his new school. His friend Steve comes to see him off at the train station and Dewey shows him his longs, his friend tells him that his mother has promised him a pair of longs for his next suit.
High-tech toys are a pre-teen whiz kid's defense against burglars invading the family home. It seems to be a clone of "Home Alone." I've only seen a few scenes. The boy wears longs. He appears to be home with his older sister.
Typical ridiculous American movie about a group of teenagers rescuing their fathers held captive in North Korea. The boys are all older teens, except for Ian Giatti. Kevin Dillon.
This Kalem Studio silent film has a cast includng Judson Melford.
"Resistance" is an account of the World War II Belgian resistance. It was not really possible for the Dutch and Belgian Resistance to fight the Germans. There were no places for Resistance groups to hide. One of the major activities performed by the Resistance in Belgium was to aid downed Allied airmen. The film is the story of an American World War II fighter pilot (Bill Paxton) who is shot down over occupied Belgium during World War II. He is assisted by the Belgian Resistance who hide him. The pilot proceeds to fall in love with the wife of the Resistance man who will save him (Julia Ormond). The two lovers are exposed. This threchery threatens not only their lives, but the entire Resistance group. The pilot is forced to make a difficult choice. A boy, Jean (Antoine Van Lierde), is the son of a NAZI collaborator and a rather shallow mother steals the show from the adult actors with his emotional display of fine acting. This was is first movie. One scene shows Jean at the beginning of the movie where he and the villagers discover the wrecked plane. The second picture shows the tears rolling down his face as he tells his mother the names of the villagers that were murdered by the Germans.
A white man returns to the Indians. Some realistic depictions of Native American costuming.
There appear to be three films here. They all appear to have been made in the 1990s. "return of Mothra III was made in 1996. Mothra appears to be a moth-like monster, as best I can figure out a friendly monster. Perhaps our readers can explain just what these monsters are all about. Children are involved in all three of the films. In III the monsters steal the children. The films are a little glitzier than the ealy Japanese monster films, but still rather hokey. They are, however, a good reflection of Japanese children clothing. The boys all wera the long baggy, American style short pants that became opular in the 1990s.
Two shipwrecked Lilliputians are found by two children who share a summer of adventure with them. John Branwell
A British school boy returns home decked out in a green blazer and grey shorts. He has to contend with a scheming caretaker, but meets the tiny borrowers. Made for TV movie in two parts.
Disney sequel. The original had a boy (Wilaby) who has now grown up.
Three children (two boys and a girl) search for a legendary monster in a Louisiana bayou. The costuming is uninteresting. The girl is a bit of a tomboy and doesn't like a prissy girl who wears dresses.
Dale, a 13-year old boy played by Mark Naylor, is reared by his grandfather and learn to loves the land. When his grandfather dies, he is unable to adjust to city life and runs off back to the country. Very poor acting.
A film dealing with the rise of Hitler and Hitler youth that deals accurately with clothing, including school wear and sailor suits, is Reunion. The film is based upon the novella by Fred Uhlman. It was made in either America or England and relates the fictionalized story of two friends, one a German Aristocrat's son and the other a German Jew. It is a very powerful tale of boyhood friendship and of the war that tore them apart. The details on clothing makes this an especially important film for HBC. An elderly Jewish man returns to Stutgart and relates the tale of his childhood friendship with a gentile youth in 1933 Germany. Most of the film takes place in the early 1930s before and after the NAZI takeover. The two principal characters are the Jewish man as a boy and a new friend. The boys are senior students in the Gymnasium, an academic oriented highschool. The scenes at school are interesting with most boys wearing shorts, but several in longs as well. One boy wears a sailor suit, but there are no cenes where you get a good look at him. The boys in shorts run the gamut from about 13 to 17 or so. The Jewish boy is the son of a respected local doctor and wears a short pants suit to school. The Jewish boy is bewildered by the events unfolding around him. When a girl tells him that he "does not look Jewish", he asks, "What does a Jew look like?" Some Hitler Youth boys are shown, but mostly the NAZIs depicted are SA members, old and paunchy. The Jewish boy's friend is a new student who is from a very rich, but fervent pro-NAZI family. He wears a longpants suit to school. His father was an ambassador and at overseas posts the boy had been kept at home and educated with tutors. With this sheltered like the boy had never gone to school before or had the opportunity to make friends his own age. After school the boys set out on a camping trip, both wearing lederhosen. The rich boys wears particularly nice short lederhosen with nicely pulled up kneesocks. The boys part when the Jewish boy is sent to America when the NAZI anti-semitic campaign intensifies. The rich boy has a very idealistic view of the NAZIs and Hitler. While not anti-semitic he tells his friend that the Fuhrer will be able "to differentiate between the good and bad Jewish element". His friend is eventually implicated in the 1944 plot to kill Hitler.
A boy (Al Pacino's son) is beaten by British soldiers.
A elderly Jewish couple during World War II goes into an orphanage where the boys are swimming without their clothes in a pool. Job is called out and put on a stool where he is examined for possible adoption. The Jewish man who adopts him knows that he is doomed, but wants a gentile boy to whom he can pass his heritage.
Tarzan-type adventure story which includes a long-haired blond boy and a black boy. The blond boy wears a loin cloth made out of leaves. I'm not sure about the plot are how the boys enter into it.
Renyo is a 9 year old boy living and playing in the countryside. Poignant view of strife-torn Nicaragua.
Dreadful melodrama with Elizabeth Taylor. There is one interesting shot when she arrives in Geneva. If you look real close you can see a school boy in a short pants suit, knee socks, and beret walking down the street. This may have been just an ordinary street scene and suggests that berets were still worn in the mid-1950s. The boy's shorts are quite long. You have to be quick though. The boy did not have a role in the film.
Darryl Hickman plays Ira Gerswin as a boy.
Two teenagers from upper-middle class families experience the trials and tribulations of first love amidst parental divorce problems. The boy (Jeremy Levy) is quite charming. The children at his school all wear jeans and other casual clothes, but he has to wear a sweater and slacks. (That was what he wore at his old school and is mon won't but him a pair of jeans because his father isn't paying child support.)
Olivier production of the Shakespeare drama chronicling Richard's rise to power--including the murder of the little princes in the Tower of London. "Richard III" was released in 1955, the third of Olivier's famous films of Shakespeare's plays, the other two being "Henry V" and "Hamlet". In all these Olivier not only directed but played the title roles. "Richard III" has two prominent parts for boys. They are the sons of Edward IV (Richard III's brother)--Edward, Prince of Wales (who becomes Edward V on the death of his father) and Richard, Duke of York (Princ Edward's younger brother). The older boy was played by Paul Huson and the younger boy by Andy Shine. In one scene, we see the two princes, the older of whom has just become king, with his younger brother, Duke of York. The scene is rather touching because the boys have been playmates up until this point, but now that the older boy has become king and therefore his playmate's sovereign, the free relationship is suddenly changed to one of greater formality. In another scene the two boys in bed in the Tower of London just before they are smothered to death by order of their wicked uncle, Richard III (figure 3). This film has a brilliant cast of adults in addition to the children. Richard III of course is played by Laurence Olivier. The Duke of Clarence, another of Richard's victims, is played by John Gielgud. The part of Edward IV is taken by Cedric Hardwick and the role of Richard III's ambitious accomplice in evil (the Duke of Buckingham) by Ralph Richardson. Lady Anne, whom Richard seduces, is played by Claire Bloom. "Richard III" is one of the most important of the numerous Shakespeare films. The costuming is typical late 15th century. The boys are dressed like young adults, wearing tights under rich doublets (upper garments). The play should not be confused with history. It seems likely that the boys were killed by their uncle, Richard III. The play is very much, however, a piece of Tudor propaganda.
Macaulay Culkin stars in this creation of the comic-book character. This is presumably Mac's last little kid role. Mac at 15 was really to old for the part if it was to follow the comic strip character--a shame as they were thinking about making the film a couple years before it was made. Richie is outfitted in long pants. The comic-book Richie wears a short pants outfit. The reviews on the film and Mac's performance were terrible.
A boy (Michael Shea?) buys a beautiful black horse so he can work for a cattleman. An unscrupulous peddler steals it, so the boy joins a cattle drive to track down his stolen horse.
Two former British school chums take to the highseas to thwart a German invasion. I haven't seen the film, but was rather hoping their might be some introductory shots of the main characters as school boys.
A Mexican-American boy from the slums becomes a championship boxer.
Ringu was directed by Hideo Nakata, based upon the novel "The Ring" by Koji Suzuki. starring Nanako Matsishima (Reiko), Hiroyuki Sanada (Ryuji), and Takashi Yamamura (Yoichi).
A mysterious video tape was discovered by a group of high school kids; onced watched, the legend has it you have seven days before you die. Reiko's neice has recently died in a bizarre way. Being a newspaper reporter, Reiko decides to look into the strange deaths of her neice and the three other high school students who had shared a weekend at a remote
cottage, all dying on the same day, at the same time. While she and her son attend the funeral wake for her neice, Reiko follows Yoichi, her son, up to neice's room and discovers a receipt for photgraphs; the photographs reveal the location of the cottage, and one bizarre image of distorted faces brings about the revelation of the cursed video. Reiko herself discovers the video at the cottage, watches it, and recieves a phone call thereafter (as the legend says). She races back home, and contacts her estranged husband,
Ryugi, who teaches college. Ryugi offers to help with the mystery and watches the tape. He believes Reiko's story after taking a photo of her, and discovers that her face is distorted. Ryugi is also a natural psychic; so is Yoichi, who has been visited by his cousin.
Claude Jarman Jr.
A made for TV movie which features French Italian boys wearing dark smocks and berets. "Rital" is a derogatory French term for Italian-French. HBC has no information on this film at this time except for the fact that the voys wear smocks and berets.
Over extended credit, low profits, and a flood threaten a family. The courageous young couple battles both flood waters and an unscrupulous local businessman who wants their land.
Tommy Rettig plays a boy who must escape with his father and a wanton woman down a dangerous river. I believes he appears in a suit at the beginning of the film when he meets Marilyn. Tommy most wears working clothes at the movie except for a few scences is set at their cabin or in the outdoors as they try to escape the Indians. One shirt has a home-spun appearance--but there is no mom to do the spinning. Hus pants have suspender attachments. They are commonly depicted for boys in western films. This is the only one of his movies in which Tommy appears that he turned in a credible performance. He has a "bowl" haircut. Tommy of course was to play in the American TV production of Lassie.
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