I watched Gentleman's Agreement for the first time last week - he was simply precious in that. I hadn't seen any of his roles as a child actor. I've always loved him in his adult roles.
He was an incredible child actor. An early favorite of mine was The Green Years, where he plays an Irish orphan who goes to live with Scottish grandparents. He's also very much worth watching in The Mighty McGurk (which is kind of a half-baked remake of Wallace Beery's Oscar-winning film The Champ) and The Boy With the Green Hair.
RIP Just the other day someone said I look like a young Dean Stockwell. He was always welcome on screen, a thoughtful often left-field talent.
Reposting my thoughts on his most underrated perf -
Rapture (1965) - an underseen gem, a coming-of-age pic with echoes of a seacoast Gothic fairy tale. About an odd, withdrawn, yet precocious French girl who defies her strict father and falls in love with who she thinks is her scarecrow come to life (Dean Stockwell), but who is actually an escaped convict. Stockwell's perf is subtle in how he hesitates and charms, how he eludes his own intelligence (freedom) in light of a new and reluctant passion (enter: tragedy). It has serious pacing problems - the last 25 mins could be cut entirely - but keeps you invested front to back with really terrific Cinemascope visuals, the framing, movement, lighting, dissolves, etc
I just saw one of his earlier performances in Song of the Thin Man last week. He was pretty charming in his limited screen time. I met him years ago at a horror movie convention back when I was a preteen (he was most likely there for Quantum Leap). He was a cool guy. Absolutely wonderful in Long Day's Journey into Night
Post by PromNightCarrie on Nov 11, 2021 11:19:29 GMT
Aww... R.I.P. Dean.
I first came to know him through Quantum Leap. I used to be obsessed with that show as a kid. When it comes to talking about the child stars who made the transition to adulthood and had a long, prolific career, he was probably the one people forgot to mention most. And look at the length of it.
Quantum Leap was the one for me. I grew up with that show, and afterwards seeing this amazing career he had even after, but obviously, especially before was something. What a legend, what an incredible career.