Mickey's Eleven (November 7, 1927)
Released on November 7, 1927: Little Mickey McGuire and his gang of playmates play football against the neighborhood rivals.
Produced by Larry Darmour
Directed by Albert Herman
Written by Joseph Basil, E.V. Durling and Earl Montgomery based on cartoon characters created by Fontaine Fox
The Actors: Mickey Rooney (Mickey McGuire), Billy Barty (Billy McGuire), Jimmy Robinson ('Hambone' Johnson), Delia Bogard ('Tomboy' Taylor)
Mickey Rooney - What's In A Name?
In the 1920's newspapers were king of the information highway, and comic strips were one of the most read parts of every newspaper. Fontaine Fox created the popular Toonerville Trolly comic strip that included a little boy character named 'Mickey McGuire,' and in 1927 she wanted to expand into the new medium of moving pictures and put out a casting call for a young boy to play the part of Mickey McGuire. Recently divorced mom Nell Yule thought her little boy Joseph Yule Jr. would make a great Mickey McGuire . . . and she surely needed the money to support her new 'single mom' life. Litte Joseph got the part, and when the motion picture company was getting ready to film, they had a brilliant idea . . . If the REAL name of little Joseph was Mickey McGuire they wouldn't need to pay royalties to creator Fontaine Fox . . . so mom Yule legally changed her name to Nell McGuire and legally changed the name of little Joseph to Mickey McGuire, and you will see on the opening credits of this comedy short the name of Mickey (himself) McGuire. This ruse worked for a while, but the courts eventually caught up with the scheme and one day little Mickey McGuire needed to legally change his name to avoid being counter-sued by Fontaine Fox . . . So Joseph Yule, who became Mickey McGuire, then legally became Mickey Rooney . . . and a star was born. Mickey Rooney appeared in 55 Mickey McGuire comedy shorts before moving on to a lifetime of big screen entertainment that we all enjoy even today. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Mickey Rooney as Mickey McGuire
Mickey McGuire talks to one of the gang
Mickey Rooney and Jimmy Robinson
Mickey Rooney twists his foot