* boys clothing depictions in movies : alphabetical "me-ml" listings








Alphabetical Movie Listings: "Me-Ml"


Figure 1.--This film is "Mein schatz ist aus Tyrol", "My treasure is in the Alps" (1958). I am not sure if it is German or Austrian. The Story is a bit difficult to fathom, but involves a bit of romance some singing and dancing, and of course beautiful scenery. Here the main character wears a Tyrolean cap and lederhosen.The boy in lederhosen is a stereotyped image of Austrian boys.

HBC readers can also find movie reciews on HBC by using this alphabetical movie listing. At this time only a few movies have been analized by HBC for clothing information. We have a short paragraph on about 2,000 movies, but only a 300-400 have been reviewed. More review pages are being added all the time. We welcome information from readers, both short comments and full reviews.

Me - (France,1968)

The touching, semi-autobiographical drama of a young boy's encounters with the older generation. The film centers around Francois (Michel Terrazon), a 10-year old boy, who is shuttled from foster home to foster home. In the stills I have seen the boys wear longs.

Me and You Kangaroo


Me, Let's Hope I Make It - (Italy, 199?)

A humorus lark about a new teacher trying to install order in a classroom of rowdy kids.

Meatballs - (US, 1979)

A camp counselor leads his misfit charges in a competition against a high-class camp. Much of the action takes place around Rudy (Chris Makepease), a charming little boy, who has trouble adjusting. Both Meatballs 1 and 2 with Chris Makepeace and Bill Murray have a lot of the campers in an array of short pants. Some of the kids wear camp shorts.

Meatball Part II - (US, 1984)

Another camp movie. A lot of the boys in the background are in nice short shorts, the baggy short bit is noticeable yet. Unfortunately the main characters all wear longs. Some of the action is sent around one cabin of kids about 8-11. The cute little twins actually appear in shorts near the end of the movie. The older brother in TV program The Growing Years.

Meet Me at the Fair - (US, 1952)

Minor musical with period flair about a Ted (Chet Allen), a runaway orphan who is about 13-years old. He is disguised as a girl to escape detection. He wears a sailor frock, black stockings, and a blond wig. He doesn't really have a little boy face and doesn't make a very believable girl. He appears both with and without the wig. Nothing is made of the frock, however, and he doesn't really react much to it. He works at a fair where his beautiful voice is discovered. In the other scenes he wears long pants. In one suit he has a nice bow and the big-hearted assistant plays affectionately with it--tieing into a nice bow. The long pants suits were a big disappointment after the opening sailor frock. Near the end the boy makes a big to do over a new suit. The scene is rather strange as there was really nothing special about the new suit. It would have been much more understandable if his old suit had short pants, than his pleasure with the new suit would have been more reasonable.

Meet Me in St. Louis - (US, 1944)

Classic Technicolor musical. Darryl Hickman appears with Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien.

Meet the People - (US, 1944)

Bobby Blake

Megiddo: Omega Code 2 (2001)

Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith, produced and starring Michael York. A tale of Armegeddon, the story follows the boy Stone Alexander who will one day become the anitchrist. The first half of the film details Stone's formative years, beginning when he was about eight years old. The movie opens in 1960, during a dinner party that his media-mogul father is throwing, just 3 months after his mother dies giving birth to Stone's brother, David. Stone attends the party wearing a tuxedo and bow tie. Afterwards, the boy tries to set David's crib on fire. The father decides to send Stone to military school (his alma mater) in Italy. Stone wears an avacado colored suit, long pants, and tie. The grammer school boys wear a school uniform of white shirt, black jacket, grey short trousers, black necktie and knee socks and black lace up shoes. Older boys wear grey cadet uniforms, high tab {not sure about the correct term here) collared, long sleeve shirts and long pants with a single blue stripe down the outside leg and military insignia. When Stone is a teenager, he falls for the headmaster-general's daughter, and his casual attire is grey pants and a military-style dark blue sweater. During Stone's graduation from military school, his teenage brother, David, attends, wearing a plain black suit and tie. Actually a decent little film, compact (basically fitting the storyline of all three Omen films into one 100 minute opus), with an all-star cast including Michael Biehn, R. Lee Ermey, F. Murray Abraham, Kent McCord, Udo Kier, Franco Nero, and Chad Michael Murray (Gilmore Girls and Dawson's Creek).


Figure 2.--Mark Lester starred in the film "Melody" showing standard English school uniforms. Jack Wild can be seen in the back ground.

Mein schatz ist aus Tyrol (German?/Austrian?, 1958)

This film is "Mein schatz ist aus Tyrol". This is a little difficult to translates, but means , "My treasure is in the Tirol (Alps)" (1958). I am not sure if the film is German or Austrian, but the Tirol is Austrian. It is the area of southern Austria near the Italian border. S�d (South) Tirol (Southern Tirol) is the German name of the Italian Region Alto Adige. It was awarded to Austria at the end of World war I. The Story is a bit difficult to fathom, but involves a bit of romance some singing and dancing, and of course beautiful scenery. Hopefully our German readers will know more about the film. You could say quite forgetable, but the production quality is excellent. The costuming seems very accurate. The main character I believe is called Sigfried Breuer jun. He normally is costumed in lederhosen, as are many of the other children in the film. He also wears a well-used Tyrolean cap.

Melody - (UK, 1971)

Sensitive story about two grade school children. It is a rather well done film, but was not very successful at the box office. Mark Lester who plays the main character wears long pants. By the 1970s more and more English boys are wearing longs. Set in an inner city London school. Mark is teamed with Jack Wild who he also together with Oliver. At the beginning of the film, Mark and Jack are seen together at a Boys' Brigade parade wearing pillbox hats. That dates the movie as the traditional pillbox hats are no longer worn by the Boys' Brigade. The boys now wear a campaign cap.

Melody for Two - (US, 1937)

I have not seen this film, but it is notable because an 11/12-year old Donald O'Conner has a part, his first movie role. O'Conner is one of the few child stars that had an even bigger career as an adult. The only other I can think of is Elizabeth Taylor.

Melody Time - (US, 1948)

I have not seen this film, but Bobby Driscoll appears in it.


Figure 3.--Brandon de Wilde is pictured here as John Thomas, the bespectecled little boy net door in "Member of the Wedding".

(The) Member of the Wedding - (US, 1952)

This film was based on a play by Carson McCullers which was Broadway hit. It is about a family planning a wedding. Frankie Addams is a tomboy. She is also a still innocent, but very articulate 12-year-old. She is not very happy. She has trouble with other girls because she is a tomboy. She stays at home with the family maid, Bernice, who looks after her. There is also a younger boy who lives next door-- John Henry. She is devoted to her older brother Jarvis who is about to marry Janice. Frankie somehow imagines that she can come along on their honeymoon. The film end with Frankie beginning to come to terms with the fact that she is becoming a young woman. The cast is nothing short of brilliant. The black maid is beautifully played by Ethel Waters. The chemisdtry between her and the two children is uncanny. Brandon De Wilde, the boy in Shane, plays the part of John Henry which he played on the Broadway stage. The story unfolds on a very hot day in the South and he wears bib-front shorts. Near the end, in a charming scene, he puts on his sisters dress. On in all a superb performance by Brandon . His performances brought him considerable national attention and undoubtedly landing him the unforgetable role of Joey in Shane. This film also helped start the impressive career of Julie Harris, a truly great actress. She went on to play Saint Joan Lillian Hellman's adaptation of Jean Anouilh's "The Lark" (1956). After her long career Harris remembers the set of this film very well. An interviewer reports that the film holds a special place in hr heart.

(The) Member of the Wedding - (US, 1997)

Lovely remake of the 1952 film. The little 6-year old boy, John-Henry (Corey Dunn), is a little toe-head and cute as a button. He plays the part very realistically, charmingly unaffected, just like a boy his age might act. He wears overall shorts and wire-frame glasses. He wears a short pants suit at the wedding, albeit long baggy shorts. The main character, a girl of about 12 is also very good, she is Ana Paquin, the New Zealand girl from The Piano. This is an enjoyable recreation, but with a cast like Brandon DeWilde, Julie Harris, and Ethel waters it is difficult to see why a produce would want to recreate the film. I see nothing in the 1997 version that adds to the McCullers play.

Memphis - (US, 1992)

A woman re-examines her life after her maternal instincts are unexpectedly awakened by the youth she has helped kidnap.

Men Don't Leave - (US, 1990)

A recently widowed housewife faces the difficult prospect of supporting herself and her two children (Chris O'Donnell and Charlie Korsmo).

Men Must Fight - (US, 1933)

The outbreak of World War II shatters a widow's attempts to instill a sense of pacifism in her only son.

Men of Boys' Town - (US, 1941)

Father Flanigan of Boys' Town struggles to combat juvenile delinquency.Apparently Boys' Town is in financial trouble. Mr. and Mrs. Maitland invite Whitey, a boy at Boys' Town to visit, thinking about taking him in to their home. While there, Whitey tries to visit a friend in the local reform school. Another boy, Flip, is hiding in car. Flip is involved in a robbery and both boys are convicted of the crime abd sentenced to the reform school. Father Flanagan exposes the terrible conditions in the school. Many state reformitories at the time were indeed very stark and in all too many instances abusive institutions Both boys are released to his custody. The Maitlands assist in raising funds needed to pay off the debts threatening Boys Town. Spencer Tracey plays Father Flanigan again. Mickey Rooney plays in this. He is rather grown up and plays an older boy. The new younger, but bad boy is played by Darryl Hickman. He wears a suit if I remember right. The boys costuming shows how rapidly knickers were going out of fashion all wear long pants. This was a sequal to "Boys' Town" which won Tracey and Oscar. Boys' Town was still a relatively new undertaking. These films must have really helped with find raising.

Men with Wings - (US, 1938)

A 13-year old Donald O'Conner has a part.

Menace on the Mountains - (US, 1970)

A 14-year old boy fights to keep the family farm left in his care when his father joined the Confederate Army. Albert Salmi and Richard Anderson

Mëngjese Lufte - (Albania, 1971)

This is one of the few Albania films archived on HBC. Mëngjese lufte (War Morning) is a black and white Albanian movie made in 1971. The director was Kristaq Dhamo. The movie was made at Kinostudio 'Shqipëria e re' (Studios New Albania). It is set in a little Albanian village during World War II. Albania was occupied by the Italians a few months before World War II began (1939). The Germans briefly occupied albania after the Italians surrendered to the Allies (september 1943). The film focuses on how children saw the Germans. Two boys from the local town steal the uniform and guns from two German soldiers while they are bathing in a lake. In one scene there is a well-dressed boy. The other children are wearing rather ragged clothing and they are all barefoot. The concern of the children with the Germans, increases the attention of the adults.

Mephisto - (Hungary/Germany/Austria, 1981)

"Mephisto" was made by the famous Hungarian director, Istvain Szabo, but is about Germany. I'm not sure about the nationality of the film. It appears to be a multi-national production. Versions were made in English, German, and Hungarian. It won the 1982? Academy Award for the best foreign film. The film takes place during the pre-World War II period and concerns a popular German actor who is coerced into making films for the Nazis during the 1930s. He finds unexpected success as a result of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis seize power in Germany. His associates and friends flee or are driven out of the film industry and Germany. He is forced to act not only in his films, but in his dealings with the NAZIs as well. The movie is based on Klaus Mann's 1936 novel about a man willing to sell his soul to the NAZIS so that he can confinue to prsue his art. There are scenes with Hitler Youth boys. The film addresses a real-life phonemon. The media was one of the first industries the NAZIs went after. And Propaganda Minister Goebels took a persinal interest in the film industry.

Merry Andrew (US, 1958)

'Merry Andrew' starred Danny Kaye and Pier Angeli. Kaye is a teacher and house master at a posh private boarding school in Sussex. I don't fully understand the plot. Kaye apparently went on an archaeology trip and discovered love and the circus. The students are about 12-13 years of age and wear a school uniform. This would mean a preparatory school. A HBC reader tells us, "The uniform is a knicker suit with proper peak caps." In the scens that I have seen, they ewesar grey short pants suits and caps. The boys have English accents. Three is a dance scene in their form room as well as other musical numbers. Kaye falls for a circus performer, played by Pier Angeli. At the end of the film the boys run off to see the circus, fully dressed in their uniforms, and Kaye then runs off to join the circus.

Meteor Man - (US, 1993)

A timid DC school teacher gets hit by a meteor giving him super power. The characters are all black, including the kids. For some reason some of the boys are blond and wear suits and ties. Presumably they are the youth-division of the peroxide blonds gang calling themselves the Golden Lords.

Metropolis - (Germany, 1927)

'Metropolis' is an imprtant film in movie history. It is not a pleasure to watch, but is undeniably a master work which all serious movie students shoul watch. It is German expressionist science-fiction drama movie. It was directed by Fritz Lang and written by Thea von Harbou in collaboration with Lang. It is one of the most important silent films and shows the vitality of the the German film industry before the NAZIs seized power. Eugen Schüfftan created pioneering special effects for Metropolis. seized power in Germany (1933). It was a pioneering sci-fi, one of the first sci-fi feature films. The film is notable for painstaking design of the film, the camera positioningh, and dramatic lighting. Lang's choreography has been described as 'muscular'--especially the crowd scenes. It was an expensive film to make, causing problems at UFA--Gernany's major movie studio. Eugen Schüfftan created pioneering special efects. And we have the appearnce of an early robot--the Maschinenmensch (the machine person). The plot is about a distopoian futuristic city. The workers live in poverty and are dominated by city planners. It that society the son of the city's mastermind falls for a working class prophet who predicts the arrival of a savior to mediate their differences. The savior role ghows Lang's Catholic upbrining. Metropolis was not depicting the future controlled by capitalists, but rather city managers. Strangely that more or less decribes the Communists who seized power in many countries and the poverty they created in their wake. We are not sure, however, just what were Lang's intentions.What it does not show is the ppwer of capitalisn to bcreate cwealth and prosperity--in sharp contrast to socialism.

Meu Pé de Laranja Lima / My Sweet Orange Tree (Brazil, 1970)

Meu Pé de Laranja Lima (My Sweet Orange Tree) is a novel written in 1968 by the Brazilian writer José Mauro de Vasconcelos (1920-84). It is the story of a little boy named Zezé belonging to a very poor family. The family has to move to sa smakler home in an unfamilir neighborhood. Near his new home there is a little sweet orange tree, that becomes the best friend of Zezé. The novel was very popular in Brazil. A movie directed by Aurélio Teixeira was made from the novel in 1970. In the same year a Brazilian television broadcasting company made a soap opera based on the novel. Other soap operas were made in 1980 and 1998.

Mi Niño Tizoc -


Mickey - (US, 1948)

A doctor struggles to raise his tomboy daughter after his wife dies. I haven't seen this, but presumably there are some boys in featured.

Mickey McGuire short features - (US, 1927-34)

Staring Mickey Rooney

Midnight Cowboy - (US)


Midshipment Easy - (UK, 1935)

Fanciful story about midshipmen in the Royal Navy during the 18th Century. Nothing of great interest, the main character is not particularly appealing, although there is one nice younger boy among the midshipmen. In one scene he is being caned by an older boy. Easy stops it, sets on the older boy, and lets the younger boy beat the bully.

(A) Midsummer Night's Dream - (US, 1935)

Mickey Rooney played Puck in MGM's prestigious production..

(The) Mighty McGurk - (US, 1947)

Dean Stockwell

Miguel Up From Puerto Rico -


Mike and Angelo

A British TV seies on ITV had a kid series named Mike and Angelo about an American boy living in Britain. It was a commedy series, taking a light hearted view of an American in England. In one episode Angelo thinks he has inherited a Lordship and, playing a clueless American to the hilt, he began dressing in an elaborate Little Lord Fauntleroy suit as appropriate for his new status. It was played for laughs.

Mikres Aphrodites - (Greece, 1963)

"Mikres Aphrodites" (Young Aphrodites) was made in 1963. The cast included Takis Emmanuel, Stathis Giallelis, Yannis Jeannino, Vangelis Joannides, Constantin Papacostantinou, Eleni Prokopiou, Kleopatra Rota, Anestis Vlahos, and Zannino. It is set in ancient Greece, about 200 B.C. The movie focuses on a wandering band of shepards. They happen into a small village where there do not happen to be any men because they are away fishing. Two romances follow. Two of the shepards (a man and boy) fall in love with a oman and girl from the village. Many of the actors were acually sheepherders. The film is based on the fable of Daphnis and Chloe. The film won the Berlin Film Festival, and the International Film Critics Award. There is an English narative.

Military Academy - (US, 1940)

Jackie Searl is about 19.

Milk Money - (US, 1994)

The reviewers didn't like this movie, but it feature three boys. One is a younger boy (Michael Patrick Carter) with a sweet smile. The boys who live in a middle-class neighborhood decide they want to see a girl naked. They come up with a prostitute and bring her home. They tell Michael's dad that she is a tutor. Michael takes her to school for show and tell, actually a life science lecture. Michael wears shorts, the long, baggy sort.

Million Dollar Baby - (US, 1941)

Johnny Sheffield

Million Dollar Dixie Deliverance -


Million Dollar Duck - (US, 1971)

A science professor envisions himself a rich man when he discovers his pet duck is laying eggs with gold yokes. Lee H. Montgomery

Million Dollar Legs - (US, 1932)

W.C. Fields comedy set in a mythical country where the strongest man becomes the president. Critices have a widely differing views on the movie. Dickie Moore has a part.

Million Dollar Legs - (US, 1939)

A 14-year old Donald O'Conner has a part.

Millions (U.S., 2004)

"Millions" is about two young brothers who discover a sack of cash beside a railway line. The film then goes on to explore whether money is the root of evil, the means of doing good, or both at once. The 7-year-old younger boy is a minature mystic who hallucinates and talks to saints. He is played by Alex Etel. The other boy is played by Lewis McGibbon

Mine and the Minataur -


(Die) Ministranten - (Austria, 1989/90)

A German reader has provided information about 'Die Ministranten'. It was made in 1989/1990 by Wolfram Paulus, an Austrian. Two boys (Pauli a 11 and Sepp a 12 year-old) of an Austrian village in the 'Salzburger Land' get to know each other in the lessons for acolytes (altar boys). They are founding a gang called 'Die Wölfe' (The Wolves). Their aim is it to fight the boys of the neighbouring village. However, on Easter Day of 1962, when they launch their campaign, they are defeated by the others. It's a film about the ending of childhood. It is similar to the French film, "La guerre des boutons", that has a similar story.

Minor Miracle - (US,1983)

A group of orphans le d by a devoted priest struggles to overcome poverty. The boys have a soccer team and are pictured in shorts a good bit, mostly short shorts as the baggy shorts had not yet appeared. There are several boys involved, including a pair of blond twins. The movie is mostly about adults and the children are only side lights. They appear a good bit, but there personalities are not really developed.

Miracle - (US,1970)

A mute boy rescues Lassie and her pups from danger. Michael James Wixted.

(The) Miracle - (US, 1991)

Irish teen falls under the spell of an alluring American actress who takes up residence in his village.

Miracle Child - (US, 1993)

A mother's plan to temporarily "abandon" her child goes awry when the baby spins an aura of benevolence about the ailing town of Clement's Pond.

Miracle in Milan - (US, 1951)

An orphan's acquisition of a magical dove enables him to save the town being victimized by a cruel overlord.

(The) Miracle of Bern - (Germany, 2003)

A recent movie from Germany, " The Miracle of Bern " (2003) is now being released in the states. The German title is "Das Wunder von Bern ". It is about a 1954 football (soccer) match between Germany and Hungary. A young eleven year boy Matthias Lubanski played by Louis Klamroth and is involved throughout this movie. It is Summer 1954, nearly 10 years after the War. The Soviet Union is finally sending its German prisoners of war home. Among them is the father of a quiet, football-loving 11-year-old, Matthias, who lives with his mother, sister and brother in a West-German mining town. The boy has long found a surrogate father in the local football player Helmut Rahn, who has "adopted" Matthias as his mascot. The return of the boy's father Richard casts a shadow over the once-happy family: broken by his years in captivity, Richard has trouble adapting to life in post-war Germany and alienates his family through his severity. For Richard, football is pointless, and so is the World Cup that's about to be held in Bern, Switzerland. Matthias, however, longs to be there with his idol, who's been chosen to play on the German team. Through his passion for the game and his fighting spirit, Matthias rekindles a love of life in his dad's heart. And so, as the final match of the World Cup begins, a little miracle of love and generosity leaps across borders to help another miracle occur - the victory of Helmut Rahn and the German team, the miracle of Bern. Matthias wears lederhosen shorts and a jacket that almost comes down to the bottom to his shorts.

(The) Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima - (US, 1952)

Three children claim to have seen the Virgin near Fatima bringing many of the faithful. I've only seen bits. The children involved are mostly girls, but there is one boy.

Miracle of the Heart: A Boy's Town Story - (US, 1986)

Reasonably made movie, but the main characters are older boys. One Latin American, Enrique who is about 13, boy has a reasonable part.

Miracle on 34th Street (United States, 1947)

Miracle on 34th Street is certainly one of the classic Christmas films. It is about a little girl who does not believe in Santa Clause and a eledely gentleman who claims to be Santa Claus and, as a result, is institutionalized as insane. A young lawyer has to resign from a law firm to defend him. Edmund Gwenn won am Oscar for his portral of Santa. The film, however, is set around Susan Walker (Natalie Wood), the sceptical little girl who was so enchanting in the film. Actually Natalie at the time firmly believed that Gwenn really was Santa. One of the most charming scenes was when the district attorney's son (Bobby Hyatt) was supenoned and testified that he believed in Santa because his daddy told him that Santa did exist. He wore a short pants suit with long shorts, an Eton collar, and paterened top kneesocks. He was about 5 or 6 years old.

Mischief -

Doug McKeon

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters - (Japan, 1985)

The Japnaese film "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" (1985) is about the life of Yukio Mishima, the famous Japanese novelist. The director is Paul Schrader film. Curiously few Japanese have seen the film. Mishima's family will not permit it be shown in the country. The wonderfully crafted film, as the title suggests, is divided into three chapters recealing Mishimas different lives: public, private and literary. Mishima's last day is counterpointed with black-and-white sequences showing his childhood and adolescence and gloriously stylized color dramatizations of scenes from his novels, Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House and Runaway Horses. In it Mishima is depiced as boy about 5-6 years old in the first segment of the movie. He is unhappy because he has been separated at an early age from his mother. He wears a white shirt with a rounded collar, suspender shorts and long white stockings. Mishima is one of the most famous of Japanese 20th-century writers. His life was especially dramatic because he ended it with ritual suicide ("supuku"). The suicide is of course the climax of the film. Mishima came from a very aristocratic Japanese family. He continues to be a ignimatic icons of modern Japan, but his books are so rooted in traditional values. He was a strange combination ofinternational literary darling, accomplisged novelist and playwright, a heakth enthuiast and body builder, and if that was not enough, the founder of a private army in pacifist Japan. He advocated the samurai code. He carried out an elaborate plan for his own death. He occupied an army garrison with soldiers of his private army and then committed ritual suicide.

Miss All-American Beauty - (US, 1982)

Made for TV movie. A beauty queen's two little brothers get dressed up twice in her clothes and make up to make fun of her beauty contests.

Miss Annie Rooney - (US, 1942)

A poverty-stricken young girl falls in love with a rich boy and tries to over come his parents prejudice. Dickie Moore at 16 or 17 gives Shirley temple her first screen kiss. There was quite a big to do about it and Dickie was still quite naive was embarrassed about it. Dickie was tiring, however, of roles requiring him to be boyish and cute on the screen.

Miss Beatty's Children - (India, 19??)

Based on a novel about an idealistic English school teacher who arrives at a mission in South India during 1936.

Miss Fane's Baby is Stolen - (US, 1934)

George "Spanky" McFarland

Miss Mary - (US, 1986)

An Englishwoman serves as a governess to the children of an aristocratic family in Argentina. Set in the 1930s. She looses her job after a romantic encounter.

Miss Susie Slagle's - (US, 1946)

Bobby Driscoll co-stars with Burl Ives. Luana Paten plays Bobby's girl friend.

(The) Mission - (1986)

Story about two priests trying to protect Indians in a mission from slavers. Very moving depiction of their suffering at the hands of colonial authorities. Quite spectacular photography. There are many Indian boys depicted. A lovely little choir delivers a concert to visiting dignitaries.

Mister Gimme -



Figure 4.--Clifton Webb plays a reluctant Scout Master. Notice the destinctive flap pockets on the Cub's trousers.

Mister Scoutmaster (US, 1953)

One 1953 U.S. film dealing with Scouting is Mister Scoutmaster. It stars Clifton Webb as Robert Jordan, the host of a TV show which is in trouble with its sponsor for poor ratings. Mr. Jordan decides his show must appeal to younger viewers, who happen to be the sponsor's best customers. When asked to become scoutmaster of a troop of Boy Scouts, Mr. Jordan thinks this is just the chance he's needed to discover what interests young people and possibly save his TV show. A Cub Scout, portrayed by George "Foghorn" Winslow, befriends both the scout troop and Mr. Jordan.

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Figure 5.--David Ladd plays a boy who is enchanted with the wild ponies on Chincoteague Island. He wears the casual clothes common in the 1960s.

Misty - (US, 1961)

A 12-year old boy and his sister, living with their grandparents, save their money to buy a wild pony to save for a big race. The two enthusiastic children capture and tame a wild pony, hoping that they will be able to buy the animal with the money they have saved. Misty was filmed on location in Chincoteague Island off the coast of Virginia. The beach scenery is beautiful, and the scenes on the island are charming. In this film David tries to catch and tame one of the wild horses (for which Chincoteague is known) and her foal. They enter her in a contest, but begin to realize that the pony needs to live free. David wears contemporary casual clothes, short sleeved shirts and blue jeans.

Misunderstood - (US, 1983)

Lovely movie about the efforts of a wealthy father and his two sons to deal with the mothers death. It proves especially difficult for the elder boy and the father's attention is diverted by his grief and press of business affairs. Set in Tunisia. The two boys, Nicholas and Miles (played by Henry Thomas and Huckleberry Fox) act their roles superbly. Huckleberry is particularly engaging as the younger brother, about 5 or 6 years old. Henry is about 11 or 12. Huckleberry appears in shorts a good deal, sometimes in white two strap sandals, shortalls, and Peter Pan collar. The mean governess tries to play on their father's idea that Miles is weak and makes him take long naps which he hates. Henry Thomas has fewer really interesting scenes although the movie is really set around him. At his school all the boys wear longs.

Mixed Company -


Mr. and Mrs. Bridge - (US, 199?)

A well done Merchant and Ivory film, but not of any great special interest. The family has one boy. He is pictured briefly at about 10 or 11 at the beginning of the film, set in the 1930s. Hw wears long trousers. The son appears next as an older teenager receiving his Eagle Scout award, but again in longs. The mother and father go to Europe. A few boys in shorts appear. There is one brief glimpse in the Louvre art museum of a group of French school boys in berets, shorts, and smocks.

Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream House - (US, 1948)

Carry Grant film about a Manhatanite and his wife building their dream house. I'm not sure if kids are involved.

Mr. Emmanuel - (US, 1945)

Poorly done movie about an elderly Jewish professor searching for a German Jewish friend in NAZI Germany. The missing man's son (Peter Mullins) is in a British school. I didn't see the entire film, but I the boy who appears in suits probably wears shorts. The scenes I saw always had the boy behind a desk or other wise obscured. He does appear in football shorts at the end of the movie.

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation - (US, 1962)

A man encounters many problems with his beach house on his summer vacation. I don't know anything about his family.

Mr. Mom - (US, 1983)

A newly unemployed executive becomes a househusband when his wife goes to work. Two of the kids are boys. The older one is about 7 or so and is the boy who later appeared on the "Kate and Allie" TV series. The boys are engaging and sometimes appear in the shortish shorts with tube socks that were popular in the late 70s/early 80s. Both wear long pants suits when they dress up. The boys do appear through much of the film.

Mr. Nanny - (US, 1993)

A former wrestler with an intense dislike of children becomes a bodyguard for a computer tycoon's offspring.

Mr. Scoutmaster - (US, 1953)

A TV writer becomes a scoutmaster to perfect his approach for his faltering children's show. The reluctant scoutmaster confronts his troop of would be eagle scouts. George "Foghorn" Winslow has a prominent part. This was one of George's most popular movies in which he co-stared with waspish comedian Clifton Webb. On the set, the rather prissy Webb and unassuming George, battled for the best "bon mot", with crew members usually agreeing that George usually topped his elder. The New York Times applauded George's performance, complementing him as "... a wonderfully appealing little tyke with a bullfrog basso." George filmed an introduction to the film in 1962 when it was to be shown on television, but the older George seemed somewhat awkward and the introduction was not used.

Mr. Scoutmaster - (US, 1970)

A TV writer becomes a Scout master to help his approach to a children's show. Could be the same as the above with a mislabeled date.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - (US, 1939)

Soppy, but Capra classic. A lot of boys appear right from the very beginning. It seems that Mr. Smith is a youth leader, the boy rangers or some other fictitious group. Most of the boys wear longs, but if you look closely you can see some of the younger ones in shorts. In Washington the Senate pages, all done up in knickers. Actually the House Pages got to wear long pants several years before the Senate pages. The strange thing is that while the boy rangers are generally depicted in longs, several references to the movie refer to short pants when disparaging Mr. Smith and his youth work.









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