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.