Oh fellow child star, I had wanted to send you some selected highlights of my siblings who are also child stars. There was one short film done by my oldest brother that I found most amusing. Unfortunately evil spirits ate my computer’s ability to edit so I was not able to put that together for your entertainment. However, some lovely person out there submitted the whole film to Youtube only a week or so ago and I can share now. You need only watch the first 35 seconds to see why it was banned from television for being racially offensive. If you can bear to watch the whole thing (I do not expect this) You will see the madcap adventure includes a CHIMPANZEE who finds the clothes of one of the negro children and puts them on. Of course the little white children can’t tell the difference between an ape and the child. Oh the hilarity!
Surely we are all more evolved than the primates who wrote this. But it is in such bad taste, it’s rather fun and my brother’s pretty cute (he’s Curly).
I had no idea that there was another acting Olsen sibling! Nor did I have any idea that this was in Hal Roach’s film history. Had I not known that I should be doing other things other than sitting and watching a movie for 52 min. I would have totally watched the whole thing. Overdramatic everything: music, acting, effects, et al. And an Olsen to top it off!
Hee hee, that’s not the only one (though he is the first acting Olsen) The next sibling, Christopher Robin, was in a little film called “The Man Who Knew Too Much” He was the first person to record the song, “Que Sera Sera” – before Doris Day. I have fond memories of watching Chris in this movie walking down the stairs in with a gun to his head. Another treat was seeing him being attacked by James Mason with scissors in the movie “Bigger Than Life”.
Mom says my sister, Diane was the best actor of us four. We suspect this was because all of Diane’s stuff was done for TV and not available to see so nobody could disprove it. Every one of us was “discovered” and worked against our father’s wishes.
Wow! I’m very behind on my research. Never knew there was such Olsen history!!!
I love that your mom’s assessment of the best actor in the Bunch was the one whose work never hit the screen. Oh, parents…..
Chris is the boy in the red jacket. This trailer is pretty kitschy!
WOWOW! I think it’s time for an Olsen family film fest over at your place. How did I miss that film? Trailer makes it look like a Must See!!
Yes we are like the Barrymores …except for the talent part.
Well, I’m way more on the Olsen side than Barrymore.
It is all because my mother, De Loice Fenwick, was a magical being. Of course she was, she was born on the twenty-first day of September!
I really wish I could find my sisters third and final TV pilot. She should have been the kid in a TV show. The third pilot she made was for a show called “Atta Boy Mamma” which was way ahead of it’s time. It was about a single mother of four children trying to make ends meet. It was to star Ann Southern. The sponsor was Colgate and they green lit the show. One detail: they wanted Ms. Southern to drop 20 pounds. She told them to go to Hell. That was the end of that. Frustrated, my sister decided to quit the biz. Since I was only three and just doing a few commercials here and there Mom took me out too. Mom was tired of all this. This boys quit when they got into high school so she wanted to lead a “normal life”
But things are never normal for us: at the age of five, a talent scout from the Pat Boon show came to my Kindergarten class and picked me to sing a song on the show. Mom realized she had never given me a choice in the matter and it looked like fate was intervening so she asked me if I wanted to work and at the age of five I said “get me an agent and a SAG card, I’m ready to go!”
>De Loice Fenwick… born on the twenty-first day of September!
Between the name and the date how does it get any better?!!
I love that story!