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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Since we featured Roddy McDowall in Fright Night yesterday I thought it would be appropriate to follow that up with a look back to his early career. As a child actor McDowall worked with the best in the business. Fritz Lang, Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck, Orson Welles… and, of course, John Ford.

It is his collaboration with John Ford that we look at today in a behind the scenes shot from How Green Was My Valley featuring Ford (seated left, with pipe) and young Roddy going over the script.

McDowall had a long career, was well-loved and a ferocious movie lover in his own right. Famously the FBI raided his house in the early ‘70s and took his 16mm and video collection. It’s absurd these days to think about that, when the studios now sell above 16mm quality home versions of their films, but back then McDowall’s collection was seen a threat to their copyright, even though many of the prints were bought from the studios themselves.

If the dude were around today I’d be champing at the bit to nab him for an AICN Legends interview. His legend, however, is documented in his work, not on some geek website.

So here’s the young lad conferring with one of the best directors cinema has ever seen. Click to embiggen!



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Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic will launch a new BTS contest... and it values its neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief.

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  • May 24, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by Fritzlorrerains

  • May 24, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Cool pic

    by Fritzlorrerains

  • May 24, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him and kill him for ten!

    by vin_diggler

    Count me in for this contest!

  • May 24, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Roddy was one cool cat...

    by AssyMuffJizz

    and a gayer man has ne'er seen the light of day. Seriously. There's a reason why the feds were raiding his house looking for films. Goddamned homophobes.

  • May 24, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    This contest will be chopped!!


  • May 24, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST


    by Hint_of_Smegma

    What a great pic - so cool to see Roddy in younger days. The guy was a real legend, a true movie star. Fantastic picture.

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  • May 24, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Very cool pic

    by ATARI

  • May 24, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    "Party at Roddy McDowall's House"

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    One of my favorite Simpsons laughs ever. Legend of Hell House - Terrific Roddy movie. "How tall were you, Belsacoooo?!!"

  • May 24, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Classy guy

    by Shubniggorath

    The Clockwork Orange BD (which we should ALL own by now, $10 at Wal Mart) has an excellent interview feature where Roddy talks about his entire career while showing the filmmakers around his home.

  • May 24, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    > shubniggorath

    by Tristan

    I get it. They have the same last name. Funny.

  • May 25, 2011, 3:14 a.m. CST

    banned_dirty_ape and shubniggorath

    by TubewayArmy

    No, Clockwork Orange was Rowdy Roddy Piper.

  • May 25, 2011, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Look! He's standing by...

    by JethroBodine

    Nikola Tesla!

  • May 25, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    apparantly, he had the biggest wang in Hollywood...

    by Righteous Brother

    that is all.

  • May 25, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Roddy in Night Gallery

    by Cureguy

    It was the pilot episode. Absolutely terrifying story where the picture on the wall would depict his dead father coming back from the grave as a zombie seeking revenge. Ossie Davis was great in it too.

  • May 25, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Loved his voice work on The Tick and Batman: TAS

    by sweeneydave

  • May 25, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    I think I first saw him as the March Hare

    by sweeneydave

    in a live ation Alice in Wonderland in the early 80s.

  • May 25, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow's Pic will never put on a life preserver again

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    SUCH a great movie. Robert Shaw was the best combination of actor and character EVER!!

  • May 25, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Party at Roddys

    by solitaire

    Fright Night is one of my favorite films, along with Hell House, but Fright Night is special. I can't remember where I read it, But one thing about McDowall was that he threw these famous dinner parties and invited some of the biggest people in the industry, along with anyone he was friendly with. so you had this great mix of powerful actors, producers and such, along with personal assistants, effects artists and people who weren't even in showbuissness, all sitting at this one big assed table, eating incredible meals with Roddy McDowall at the head telling stories and laughing. I think it was William Ragsdale who told this great story about going to one, and feeling akward about having to ask Liz Taylor to pass the potatoes. I shall forever imagine McDowall in a peter vincent-esque smoking jacked while hosting these dinners, just because it would have been perfect

  • May 25, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    A favorite actor of mine since being a kid in the 70's.

    by Dennis_Moore

    Classy guy by all accounts, and a member of the geek pantheon, particulary because of Apes. Rest his soul.