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I thought Falk was brilliant. Loved him in everything. He's even in one of my favorite "fluffies", *Penelope*, in which I ALWAYS want Natalie to dump her stuffy husband and go off with Peter. :)

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Ha, it's true, she was even "chic" as an old lady. I always marvel at how tiny Natalie was...I think she was only 5 feet, yet she doesn't look tiny on screen, she looks tall. That made her perfect next to Peter! :D

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I forgot either of them were short like me! It's nice to know that some of my brethren made it in Hollywood.

 

I forgot that she and Peter were in *The Great Race* together too - which is one of my favorites from when I was a girl. I think they only have one scene though, that blizzardy night in the car....when they all get very chummy due to the weather? I bet Max was in heaven....:D

 

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MusicalNovelty,

 

Thank you so much for discussing your friend and giving us an idea of the kind of personality Jack LaRue had. I assume that for a child actor, finding adults in Hollywood who were just plain nice could sometimes be difficult.

 

I am curious, did your friend ever say anything about LaRue's rather sad life story? I have read that LaRue didn't set aside any money when he was working in the thirties, and that he was kind of an example for young stars later on, about what NOT to do with one's finances while working in Hollywood. I have read that later on, he was always strapped for cash, taking any role that would pay him a modest sum in order to make a living.

 

I have always felt bad that his career was not what it promised to be after movies like *The Story of Temple Drake*. I hope he wasn't too distraught over his career or finances.

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>I am curious, did your friend ever say anything about LaRue's rather sad life story? I have read that LaRue didn't set aside any money when he was working in the thirties.....

 

No, he pretty much got completely out of the Hollywood scene when he retired from movies in the late 1930's at about age 14. I don't think he stayed in touch with anyone from his acting career after that. He went on to other activities, including heroically serving his country in WW2 then a happy and productive life ever since.

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