Mickey Rooney has left us, after almost 90 years of making movies.
There are quite a few of his films that I enjoy.
I love the Andy Hardy series, a perfect representation of innocent, small-town Americana.
I also really like the darker, noir(ish) films he made in the late-40’s and early50’s like KILLER MCCOY from 1947, QUICKSAND from1950 and DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD from1954.
On the flip side of the coin, he gave some performances that are so overblown and hammy that I find them difficult to watch. Work like BOYS TOWN from 1938, BABES IN ARMS from 1939, an episode of Playhouse 90 called “The Comedian” from 1957 and (of course) his painful performance in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S from 1961.
Whether good or bad, he was one of Hollywood’s brightest stars.
“Had I been brighter, the ladies been gentler, the liquor weaker, the gods kinder, the dice hotter – it might have all ended up in a one-sentence story.” –Mickey Rooney
You can read more about his amazing, extensive career here.
Rest in peace.