Dear Mr. Rooney,
I have been a fan of your films for 50 years, from "Andy Hardy" and "Young Tom Edison" to "The Human Comedy" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I believe that I have seen and own most of them, but I have always wanted to interest my grandchildren in your wonderful acting abilities, too.
This Thanksgiving (actually, Nov. 23, to be exact), TCM aired "Boys Town," and our whole family watched it. That's all it took to hook the youngsters. Your portrayal of bad boy turned hero got them hooked. Perhaps the best words that I heard on that day of giving thanks were the buzz when "Boys Town" ended. "Gee, he's a great actor." "He's so alive on film." "I didn't know that a black and white film could be so interesting." "Grandpa, do you have any other
Thank you, Mr. Rooney, for believing in "National Velvet," for saving a trainload of passengers from plunging over a washed-out bridge, for falling in love a thousand times with the pretty faces that
As we all fade into the sunset, I want you to know that your legend will live on with my grandkids. I'm dividing the 15 Mickey Rooney movies that I have among the five kids. Each inherits three, and Laura, the oldest at 18, acts as the librarian when the trading/borrowing happens. "Captains Courageous" paired you with
Thank you and Merry Christmas, Mr. Rooney.