Very Young Cowboy Western Child Star Bobby Nelson Signed Vintage Portrait
A VINTAGE ORIGINAL 8X10 INCH AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OF CHILD ACTOR BOBBY NELSON FROM THE 1920’S. SIGNED IN BLACK INK. PINHOLES ON CORNERS OF PHOTO. Bobby Nelson was born on January 17, 1922 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Robert John Nelson. He was an actor, known for Oliver Twist (1933), Custer’s Last Stand (1936) and Roaring Ranch (1930). He died on December 5, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. Son of Jack Nelson. Served in the US Army during World War II–enlisted in 1942, discharged in 1946. Attended the Lawlor Professional School for young performers, under the tutelage of Viola F. Bobby Nelson was primarily a child actor in films in the 1930s. He later became a public accountant for a 43 year career. Alias : Bobbie NELSON, Little Bobbie NELSON. Biography of Bobby NELSON. American child actor born Robert John Nelson in Santa Monica, California, and passed away in Los Angeles, California. Stood his acting career at age 15, and then became a chartered accountant. Son of the actor director Jack NELSON. Filmography of Bobby NELSON. Bobby NELSON appeared in. 1936 – Custer’s Last Stand (Bobbie NELSON). 1934 – Black fury. 1932 – The Cowboy counselor. 1928 – Tarzan the Mighty. 1937 The Red Rope. 1937 Gun Lords of Stirrup Basin. 1937 The Gambling Terror. 1936 Valley of the Lawless. 1936 Les vengeurs de Buffalo Bill. 1935 Captured in Chinatown. 1935 The Tia Juana Kid. 1935 Cyclone of the Saddle. 1935 The Cowboy and the Bandit. 1935 The Ghost Rider. 1935 L’empire des fantômes. 1935 Rough Riding Ranger. 1934 The Way of the West. 1933 King of the Arena. 1933 On Your Guard. 1932 The Cowboy Counsellor. 1931 Battling with Buffalo Bill Ch. 1931 Two Fisted Justice. 1931 Heroes of the Flames. 1931 Spell of the Circus. 1930 Six-Gun Justice (court-mérage). 1930 Son of Courage (court-mérage). 1930 The Battling Kid (court-mérage). 1930 Le ranch de Noé. 1930 Post of Honor (court-mérage). 1930 The Last Stand (court-mérage). 1929 The Orphan of the Wagon Trails. 1929 The Kid Comes Thru. 1929 The Waif of the Wilderness. 1929 The Boy and a Bad Man. 1928 Tarzan the Mighty. 1928 The Cheer Leader. 1927 Perils of the Jungle. 1927 Smith’s Kindergarten. 1927 Life of an Actress. 1927 The Bum’s Rush. 1926 Sunshine of Paradise Alley. 1926 The Valley of Bravery. 1926 The Fighting Boob. 1926 Beyond the Rockies. Bobby Nelson (1922 – 1974) starred in the Pioneer Kid silent series in the late 1920s. When talkies arrived, Nelson did westerns with Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard, Tom Tyler, Buffalo Bill, Jr. (Jay Wilsey) and Rex Lease. His last film appearances were in the Johnny Mack Brown and Bob Steele westerns for producer A. Nelson then seemed to disappear from the Hollywood scene. Les Adams has Bobby spotted in 31 sound era films, and that includes 19 westerns and 5 serials. Our earlier profile on Bobby Nelson had him identified as Robert John Nelson, born July 21, 1923 in Santa Monica, California, and passed away on August 5, 1993 from gastric carcinoma; employment listed as self-employed Public Accountant for 43 years; World War II service from 1943-45; and burial at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, California. That information was incorrect. Lila Ashear discovered the following on our Hollywood father and son, director Jack Nelson and child actor Bobby Nelson. John Claude (Jack) Nelson. World War I Draft Card: John Claude Nelson, Actor, born October 15, 1887 Memphis, Tennessee; employer: Fox Studios; married; address in Los Angeles, California. Dated June 5, 1917. World War I Draft Card: Jack Claude (John) Nelson, Actor, born October 15, 1886; employer: Thos. Ince, Pico & Georgia, Los Angeles; married: Grace Martha Nelson. Dated September 12, 1918. 1930 Federal Census, Cuhuenga Blvd. Los Angeles; born 1891 Tennessee; living with wife Stella born 1893 in Iowa; son Robert J. Born 1922; occupation Director – Studio. Robert John Nelson/Bobby Nelson. Los Angeles; Robert J. Nelson living with father John C. Nelson born Tennessee; mother Stella born Iowa; father’s occupation: Director – Studio. California Birth Index: Robert J. Nelson, born January 17, 1922 in Los Angeles County, California; mother’s maiden name: Heiser. World War II Enlistment Card: Robert J. Nelson, born January 17, 1922 in California; Enlistment City: Los Angeles, California. Enlisted October 28, 1942. VA Cemetery Listings, Los Angeles National Cemetery: Robert J. January 17, 1922; died December 5, 1974; PFC US Army, Served October 28, 1942 – 10 February, 1946. As mentioned, Bobby’s father was writer/director/actor Jack Nelson (1886 or 1887 or 1891 – 1948; note the several birth years listed in the census above). The senior Nelson began acting in the 1910s, and most of his directing work occurred in the 1920s – for example, he helmed Bob Custer silent oaters for producer Jesse J. Goldburg and FBO as well as co-directing (with Ray Taylor) a couple of Frank Merrill jungle serials, PERILS OF THE JUNGLE (Weiss Brothers/Artclass, 1927) and TARZAN THE MIGHTY (Universal, 1928). Both of those cliffhangers included young Bobby in the cast. When talkies arrived, Jack Nelson directed a few ultra low budget westerns including THE BORDER MENACE (Aywon, 1934) with Bill Cody and THE RAWHIDE TERROR (Security, 1934), a disjointed cheapy produced by Art Mix/Denver Dixon/Albert Victor Adamson. Jack Nelson also co-wrote the screenplay for the Richard Talmadge chapterplay PIRATE TREASURE (Universal, 1934). ARZAN THE MIGHTY – 1928. Jack Nelson & Ray Taylor. Ian McCloskey Heath &. Lord Greystoke, Tarzan’s uncle. FBO was discouraged from filming a sequel to Tarzan and the Golden Lion because of the bad reception it got from critics. Universal saw that there was an opening and, inspired by fond memories of the success of their Elmo Lincoln serials, approached ERB for a Tarzan property for a new serial. They paid him an undisclosed sum for the rights to Jungle Tales of Tarzan, a collection of short stories about Tarzan’s early life, and Ian McCloskey Heath wrote a shooting treatment named after the book. That title was soon abandoned in favour of Tarzan the Mighty and the similarities to ERB’s original work became more tenuous. To play the lead Universal hired a handsome, muscular 35-year-old stunt man who was a veteran of two Tarzan films – The Son of Tarzan and The Adventures of Tarzan. Merrill was a national gymnastics champion in 1916 and 1918 and was a perfect choice for the role. His impressive vine work helped the film’s success considerably and he is credited with devising the well-known vine swinging for which Tarzan is famous. Opposite Merrill was an attractive 23-year-old named Natalie Kingston, who played the love interest – Mary Trevor, not Jane. PLOT – Note: Spoiler warning. Tarzan befriends a woman named Mary and her younger brother, Bobby, survivors of a shipwreck. They are harassed frequently by a colony of thugs who are descended from pirates, led by a brute named Black John who has strong desires for Mary. Mary soon learns that Tarzan is heir to the Greystoke estate from documents he has kept for years but does not understand. Black John attempts to pose as the missing Greystoke, shoots Tarzan and then traps Bobby and Greystoke in a cave and assumes Greystoke’s identity. He plans to return to England as Lord Greystoke with Mary as his new bride. Tarzan recovers from his wound and rescues Bobby and Greystoke. Black John continues his scheming and soon after Greystoke is stabbed by his disloyal secretary. Tarzan and Bobby arrive in time to save Greystoke and Black John is savaged by leopards as he escapes. Tarzan refuses to return to civilisation with Greystoke and Mary decides to stay on in the jungle with Tarzan. Tarzan the Mighty, released in 15 chapters in 1928 through 1929, starred Frank Merrill, who had doubled for Elmo Lincoln in Adventures of Tarzan The film was loosely based on Jungle Tales of Tarzan which provided an excuse for retelling Tarzan’s origin before focusing on his battles with Black John, a pirate pretending to be the long-lost John Greystoke in order to claim his fortune. Tarzan, the real Lord Greystoke, traveled to England to expose the impostor. Natalie Kingston played Tarzan’s mate, called Mary Trevor rather than Jane Porter. Mary Trevor and her younger brother, Bobby, are castaways befriended by Tarzan. These two characters reappeared in the first Tarzan Sunday colour newspaper strip drawn by Rex Maxon in 1931. Since Merrill was a champion gymnast, his Tarzan stunts were especially impressive. He was the first to invent the system of vine swinging that would be copied in every Tarzan film from then on. Tarzan the Mighty was a critical and financial success and Universal used the profits to make landmark films such as All Quiet on the Western Front and to produce a Tarzan sequel, Tarzan the Tiger. Tarzan the Mighty (1928). Working Title: Jungle Tales of Tarzan. Directors: Jack Nelson and Ray Taylor. Writers: Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel) Ian McClosky Heath Jack Nelson. Al Ferguson Black John, village ruler of Pirates’ descendants. Natalie Kingston Mary Trevor. Bobby Nelson Bobby Trevor, Mary’s younger brother. Lorimer Johnston Lord Greystoke, Tarzan’s uncle. Production Companies Universal Pictures. Distributors Adventure Pictures (UK) MCA/Universal Pictures (US). Black and White Silent Film length: 2315 m. Released: October 29, 1928. The original star for Tarzan the Mighty was to have been Joe Bonomo, promoted by the studio as the greatest of all Tarzans. Near the end of work on another picture, Perils of the Wild (1925), Bonono fractured his left leg and injured his sacroiliac. Frank Merrill, who had doubled for Elmo Lincoln in the Adventures of Tarzan and Perils of the Jungle (1927), was offered the job and began work the next day. Frank Merrill’s real name was Arthur Poll. Frank was national gymnastics champion from 1916 to 1918. In his lifetime, won scores of championships in rope climbing, Roman rings, parallel bars, weight lifting, etc. The serial was originally planned to contain 12 chapters but because of its popularity in the theatres it was extended to 15 chapters. When a friend of Merrill’s learned of a physical culture contest in England he entered Merrill’s photo without his knowledge. Merrill was voted second runner-up for “World’s Most Perfectly Developed Man” and the publicity from this added to attendance at the movie. The irony is that Merrill’s body was more thoroughly covered than any other Tarzan. Since Merrill had doubled for Elmo Lincoln Universal claimed that Merrill was “The Original Tarzan”. The film was based loosely on Jungle Tales of Tarzan touching on some of the themes from that book: Tarzan’s wondering about the concept of God, his challenge to Goro the moon, his concern over not having a mate, the apes Teeka and Taug, etc. The two main heirlooms Tarzan found in his father’s cabin in Tarzan of the Apes — the locket and hunting knife — become a single object in the film: the carved knife that Tarzan wears around his neck. No known prints of the serial are known to exist. Melvin Koontz and Jackie. Melvin Koontz doubled for Frank Merrill as Tarzan in Tarzan The Mighty. The movie began filming April 12,1928. The studio followed it up with one more “Tarzan the Tiger” also starring Merrill. Merrill was stood six feet tall, was a muscular 200 pounds, as well as a fine athelete. He competed and won a championship on the Roman Rings. Merrill wore a Leopard skin around his hips and over his left shoulder. The lion in the picture is Jackie, who was trained by Melvin Koontz specifically for motion picture work. Melvin also doubled for Victor Mature in Demetrius and the Gladator. Autographed Frank Merrill Photo. White Gorilla, The (1945)…. Ed Bradford, Perils of the Jungle stock footage. Tarzan the Tiger (1929)…. Little Wild Girl, The (1928)…. Aka Flaming Justice (1928) (UK). Tarzan the Mighty (1928)…. Perils of the Jungle (1927)…. Cupid’s Knockout (1926)…. Fighting Doctor, The (1926)…. Hollywood Reporter, The (1926)…. Savages of the Sea (1925)…. Fighting Heart, A (1924)…. Adventures of Tarzan, The (1921)…. A scene from PERILS OF THE JUNGLE, a 1927 Weiss Brothers serial that, amazingly, survives complete as a multi-tinted 16mm print in the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Every chapter ends with one or more cast members imperiled by wild animals. In this still, leading man FRANK MERRILL has just been seized by a mad elephant. On the left is his sidekick, Milt Morante; on the right (barely visible) is leading lady Eugenia Gilbert. On the strength of his work in this serial Merrill was cast by Universal to play Tarzan in two late-silent chapter plays. Ref: B Movies & Serials Facebook Group. Horizontal three-sheet posterLobby Hanger. Upright three-sheet posterSix-sheet poster. From Universal Weekly 1928 Reprinted in Jerry Schneider’s ERB and the Silver Screen: Vol. 1 The Silent Years. Lobby Card 11 x 14. Chapter One: The Terror of Tarzan. Tarzan (Frank Merrill), whose parents died in the heart of the jungle, was adopted by a she-ape. Spending his childhood among the wild beasts he understands their language and, grown to manhood, becomes king of the jungle Through the few books and pictures left in the hut of his dead parents he learns the rudiments of English. Deep in the jungle is a village inhabited by the descendants of pirates. Black John (Al Ferguson), a beach comber, has worked on the supertitions of these primitive people until he dominates them completely. He conducts a ceremony with incantations to set the evil spirits against Tarzan and his apes, who have raided their cattle. Mary (Natalie Kingston) and Bob (Bobby Nelson), sister and brother castaways, are living among the tribe and Black John, despite Mary’s protest, determines to make her his bride. One morning, as Mary is bathing in a forest pool, she is discovered by Tarzan, who is fascinated by this strange and beautiful creature. Suddenly he is horrified to see a swarm of crocodiles sliding into the pool from the opposite shore. His battle-cry acquaints Mary with her desperate situation. She swims frantically for the bank pursued by a monster crocodile. Death seems inevitable when Tarzan dives from a tree and tackles the beast with his bare hands. Chapter Two: The Love Call. From the bank Mary sees her deliverer kill the crocodile and realizes she has been saved by Tarzan. Returning to the village, she learns that black John plans to trap Tarzan. Taug, the ape, wandering through the forest, is caught in the trap. The natives, who are watching, think they have caught Tarzan and, leaving a guard, speed to the village with the news. The enraged cries of Taug are heard by Tarzan, who rushes to his rescue. He leaps upon the guar, knocks him senseless, releases Taug and entraps the guard. When Black John arrives with the villagers he is infuriated at being duped, and when he sees Mary smile her relief promises her Tarzan’s head as a wedding present. Mary cries out in horror, and Tarzan, who is watching from a treetop, gives his battle-cry. The terrified natives flee for safety. Black John realizes Mary has stayed behind, and sneaking back discovers Mary and Bobby talking to Tarzan. Later, when Mary overhears Black John planning to trap Tantor, she determines to warn Tarzan, but discovers she is a prisoner in her hut. Little Bobby escapes and goes into the forest looking for Tarzan. Just as he is about to be trampled by the terrified elephant who is being driven toward the pit by the natives, Tarzan rescues him and climbs into a tree. A limb breaks and they are thrown into the spiked elephant pit. Chapter Three: The Call of the Jungle. Tarzan recovers quickly from the fall into the elephant pit, but Bobby is stunned. With the boy in his arms he climbs out, takes the boy to his hut and revives him. Black John and the tribesmen return to the village. He tells Mary that he alone knows of Bobbie’s whereabouts and if she wishes to save him she must consent to the immediate marriage. At Tarzan’s hut Bobby tries to make Tarzan understand that he should return to the village, that Mary needs him. At the village Mary consents to marry Black John, as she sees not other way to save her little brother. Night comes and with it the ceremony that gives Mary to Black John. After a weird dance he offers to fight any man in the tribe for her. None dare face him until Tarzan suddenly drops from a tree. The two men fight fiercely. Tarzan, who has vanquished Black John, finds himself surrounded. He gives his jungle cry. Tantor, the elephant, is the first to respond and tears through the jungle to the aid of Tarzan, who is bound fast and helpless to a stake. As Tantor breaks through the village wall, Black John hurls his spear at Tarzan. Chapter Four: The Lion’s Leap. Tarzan is captured by the people of the Lost Village, but, tied to the stake, his call for aid brings Tantor, the mighty elephant, crashing through the stockade. The villagers flee and Tarzan breaks free, avoiding the spear of death hurled by Black John, who flees, taking little Bobby with him. Tarzan snatches the swooning Mary into his arms and rides away on Tantor. He threatens the terrified child with the lash and forces him to divulge the location of Tarzan’s hut. A curious scene takes place between Mary and the primitive man at the hut. Through his hoarded books and pictures she concludes that he is the son of Lord Greystoke, soldier and explorer. Tarzan discovers his love for Mary. Night finds Tarzan swinging in the jungle defying them to take away his new found mate. He is unaware that Black John has crept up to his hut and surprised Mary. Terrified for his safety Mary goes. Uttering his terrible challenge he makes for the village. Black John hurries to the hut where he has imprisoned Mary and Bobbie. He forces them into a room over a pit where a great lion is snarling. Chapter Five: Flames of Hate. Black John is foiled when he sees that Numa, the lion, not only knows Tarzan, but fears him as well. The beast runs from him. The villagers scatter as Tarzan utters his jungle cry. He crashes through the hut to her side. He and Black John battle. Tarzan vanquishes him and would kill him, but Mary pleads with him not to commit murder. Tarzan lets him go and leaves the village, without further conflict, in the company of Mary and Bobby. They go to Tarzan’s hut in the jungle. In the village Black John is rousing the tribesmen to go with him and take Mary from Tarzan. As they approach the hut, armed with spears, Bobby spies them and gives the alarm. Tarzan wishes to rush out and do battle, but Mary restrains him. Seeing that Tarzan will not come out Black John posts guards on every side and then throws a flaming spear into the roof of the brush hut. As Mary, Bobby and Tarzan huddle together in the middle of the hut the flaming roof drops in while the tribesmen hurl their huge spears. Chapter Six: The Fiery Pit. Black John’s attempt to drive Tarzan and his friends from the burning hut was frustrated by a sudden rainstorm. With the fire extinguished, Tarzan dashes from the hut, with Bobbie following, while the natives flee in superstitious fear. Black John finds Mary alone and captures her, forcing her to return to the village, where she is imprisoned in the ceremonial chamber. In the meantime Tarzan and Bobbie discover that Mary has disappeared. They set out for the village. Mary is hoping they will arrive in time to save her from Black John, who has found the papers identifying Tarzan as Lord Greystoke, and is planning to annex the title and estates for himself. Leaving Mary chained hand and foot and well guarded, Black John goes to prepare for the marriage ceremony. Bobbie slips through the village and sees Black John leaving the ceremonial chamber. He manages to reach Mary and hears of her danger. He goes for Tarzan and, returning, tricks the guards so Tarzan can overcome them. One of the guards recovers and goes to warn Black John. As Tarzan is breaking the last of Mary’s chains the shadows of Black John and his conspirators are seen. A knife is raised and plunges down towards the shadow of Tarzan. Chapter Seven: The Leopard’s Lair. Tarzan senses their peril. He whirls and grapples with their menacing foes. A vicious fight ensues. Mary and Bobby flee. Black John attempts to capture them, but Bobby outwits him and they escape. When Tarzan overpowers his foes the patriarch of the tribe is awed. He asks Tarzan to be chief of the tribe in place of Black John. Mary persuades Tarzan to accept and the ceremonial rites are set for that night. While the ceremony is in progress Black John steals the sleeping Bobby. Mary discovers that the boy has vanished and tries to reach Tarzan, but she is not allowed to enter the ceremonial chamber. While Black John sleeps in his secret hiding-place in the jungle, Bobby steals Tarzan’s papers from him. Black John wakens and pursues the boy into the jungle. When the ceremony is over, Mary tells Tarzan that Bobby has disappeared. Tarzan leads the tribe in search of the lost child. Bobby takes refuge in a leopard’s cave to escape his pursuer. Tarzan is told by a monkey, whose language he understands, where to find Bobby. While he speeds to the rescue, Mary is followed and seized by Taug, the ape, who carries her off. Chapter Eight: The Jungle Traitor. Tarzan, warned by the monkey of Bobby’s plight, comes to the rescue and vanquished the leopard, but Bobby gets out through a secret passage without seeing Tarzan. He is again caught by Black John and taken away. A native runs to Tarzan and tells him that Mary is in the clutches of Taug, the ape, Tarzan sets out to rescue her. Black John and Bobby come upon an expedition headed by Lord Greystoke (Lorimer Johnston), in search of the lost heir, Tarzan. Having stolen Tarzan’s papers, Black John represents himself as Tarzan. Bobby insists that Black John is an impostor, but the latter assures Lord Greystoke that a recent illness has made Bobby irresponsible. Lord Greystoke insists upon more evidence and Black John says he will produce the family hunting knife, which he knows Tarzan has. As he leaves Greystoke’s camp he steals a rifle and starts for Tarzan’s hut. Tarzan overtakes Taug, and after a terrific battle, overcomes him and frees Mary. He takes her to his hut and tells her he will continue the hunt for Bobby. As he stands in his lookout in the tree top, Black John spies him and shoots. Tarzan tumbles form the tree with a crash. Chapter Nine: Lost in the Jungle. Tarzan saves Mary Trevor from the clutches of Taug, the ferocious gorilla and carries her to his hut. Meantime, Black John is stalking Tarzan in order to steal certain papers and heirlooms and establish himself as the Earl of Greystoke. As Tarzan leaves the hut to go in search of Bobby, Black John sees him in a tree and shoots him. Tarzan falls from the tree unconscious, though not seriously wounded. Black John believes him dead, as does Mary, who heard the gun shot and ran to Tarzan. Black John enters the hut and seizes the credentials proving Tarzan’s identity. He then insists that Mary go with him, but she refuses, preferring death to such a course. At Greystoke’s camp, Bobby tells the lord what a great man Tarzan is, and how Tarzan once saved him and Tantor the elephant. Greystoke is deeply impressed by the boy’s story and determines to find Tarzan. In the meantime, Mary and Tarzan, who has recovered, set out to find Bobby. On their way to Tarzan’s hut Greystoke and Bobby meet Black John, who tries to convince Greystoke that he is the missing heir. Greystoke tells Black John he must find Tarzan before making a decision. Black John becomes furious, and at the point of his gun drives Bobby and Lord Greystoke into a cave, blocking the entrance with a big boulder. He tells them he will report their death and claim the Greystoke title. Hastening to their camp he dons Greystoke’s clothes. Seeing Tarzan and Mary approaching the tent, Black John tries to shoot at Tarzan from ambush, but fears to fire because of Mary. Mary and Tarzan come into the tent and Mary, seeing Black John with his back turned, thinks him a stranger. She inquire fore Bobby. When he answers Tarzan recognizes his voice and leaps at him just as Black John pulls the trigger of his pistol. Chapter Ten: The Jaws of Death. Mary tries to intervene between the two men and Tarzan seizes the opportunity to wrest the gun from Black John and would kill him were it not for Mary’s protest. Tarzan yields to her plea and contents himself with binding Black John to a tree, after which they resume their search for Bobby. Tarzan calls his jungle friends to help him locate Bobby. A monkey who has discovered the prisoners in the cave leads Tarzan and Mary to their rescue. Greystoke, returning to camp, finds Black John who tells him their camp has been attacked by natives and Greystoke and Bobby carried away. Black John makes a proposition to the secretary that they return together to England and claim the title and estates of Lord Greystoke. Meanwhile at the cave Greystoke sees Tarzan’s knife and recognizes the family crest carved on the handle. Mary produces the papers and trinkets, which they had taken from Black John, and Greystoke realizes that Tarzan is the legitimate heir he seeks. Before returning to England Lord Greystoke wishes to visit the hut where his brother died. When they arrive they are startled by the appearance of Black John, who covers them with a gun. The secretary appears in another part of the hut and also covers them. They turn to make a dash for freedom and discover they are surrounded by natives. Chapter Eleven: A Thief in the NIght. Tarzan gives his battle cry and leaps upon Black John. The secretary takes flight. Tantor comes in response to Tarzan’s cry and scatters the blacks. Tarzan overpowers Black John and throws him out. Lord Greystoke is satisfied that Tarzan is the man he is seeking and they leave for the sea coast. Black John finds the secretary in the jungle. He forces him to return to Lord Greystoke, present an alibi, and regain his confidence. During the night the secretary is to stab Greystoke, steal Tarzan’s documents and bring them to Black John. The secretary agrees and rejoins the party. That night, at the jungle camp, the secretary carries out Black John’s plan and steals the papers, leaving Greystoke badly wounded. Tarzan, sleeping in a nearby tree senses danger. He rouses Mary, who goes to Greystoke’s assistant, while he follows the secretary into the wilds. The secretary turns the papers over to Black John, who promptly deserts him, leaving him at the mercy of the wild beasts. At the camp Mary looks up at a sound and sees Black John advancing on her with leering face and clutching hands. Chapter Twelve: The Enemy of Tarzan. Black John grabs Mary, but she gains possession of the knife and threatens to kill herself if he harms Greystoke. She agrees to go with Black John if he will leave the man in peace. At the scene of the secretary’s fate Tarzan searches in vain for the stolen documents. Failing to find them, he concludes that Black John must have them and calls on his friends, the beasts, to locate his enemy. Bobby, sneaking from camp at Black John’s entrance, finally finds Tarzan, who races back to save Mary. Black John again gets Mary into his clutches when she stumbles and falls. Intent upon the destruction of Greystoke he starts back to the camp. Suddenly he hears Tarzan coming through the jungle. He picks up Mary and carries her off. He sees two renegades from the Lost Village and enlists their aid. Seeking to impress them he fires his gun and Tarzan who is searching for them is directed by the shot ot their hiding place. When he discovers them Tarzan makes a leap for Black John, but is overpowered and bound to a tree. Numa, the lion, who is Tarzan’s enemy, is heard roaring in the forest and Black John thinking the beast will destroy him drags away the horrified Mary. Chapter Thirteen: Perilous Paths. Tarzan found Mary in the hands of Black John, but as he is about to rescue her he is knocked on the head. Black John’s men tie their unconscious victim to a tree. Tarzan, regaining consciousness, sees a lion about to spring on him. He is saved by the elephant, who drives the lion away and helps Tarzan loosen his bonds. Meanwhile, with the aid of his jungle friends, Tarzan finds the cave where Mary is imprisoned. The guards attack him and they have a desperate battle. Having forced the wounded Greystoke to sign false documents proving his identity Black John attacks him, intent upon his death. Chapter Fourteen: Facing Death. The explosion of the mine laid by Black John in the stream works havoc in the little party. Mary and Tarzan are thrown against a log senseless while Lord Greystoke and Bobby, hurled on the bank of the stream, appear to be dead. Just as Mary is regaining consciousness she realizes that Black John is near her ransacking Tarzan’s treasure box. Before she can cry out and arouse Tarzan, Black John forces her out of the stream. He threatens to leave Bobby, who is still breathing, to die unless she promises to marry him. Lord Greystoke, still dazed is forced along with the others and finally taken aboard his own yacht by Black John, who tells the Captain that he is the authentic heir. Meanwhile, Tarzan regains his wits and is frantic when he discovers his friends have disappeared — after hours of searching he makes his way to the coast and seeing the yacht at anchor in the bay, seizes a canoe and is soon stealing on board. Just as he is making his way below he hears a cry from Mary. He finds Mary the unwilling victim of Black John’s love making. A fierce battle follows — Black John forces Tarzan up to the deck where the sea men, mistaking Tarzan for an enemy, aid Black John in his fight until Tarzan is thrown into the sea. Chapter Fifteen: The Reckoning. After Black John succeeded in throwing Tarzan into the sea, Mary Trevor was in a desperate situation. The Earl of Greystoke suffered a complete lapse of memory and was putty in the hands of the unscrupulous villain. When they reached England they were enthusiastically greeted at Greystoke Castle. Black John was hailed as the future Earl by the unsuspecting retainers. Plans for the wedding which Black John was forcing upon Mary were quickly arranged and the fateful day arrived. Little did Mary dream that Tarzan had been picked up by a fishing vessel and landed in a little village on the English coast. When the wedding ceremony was half over Tarzan, ragged and breathless, burst in upon them. The sudden shock of his appearance restored the clarity of Lord Greystoke’s mind. He denounced Black John as an impostor and Tarzan claimed the willing Mary as his bride. From the Brian Bohnett collection. Novelization by Arthur B. Queen of His Kind 5. Black John Plots 6. A Pawn of Passion 8. Black John’s Revenge 13. The Stolen Heritage 15. Treachery Higher Up 16. A Thief in the Night 17. The Day of Reckoning 19. The term child actor or child actress is generally applied to a child acting on stage or in motion pictures or television, but also to an adult who began their acting career as a child. To avoid confusion, the latter is also called a former child actor. Closely associated is teenage actor or teen actor, an actor who reached popularity as a teenager. Many child actors find themselves struggling to adapt as they become adults, mainly due to typecasting. Macaulay Culkin and Lindsay Lohan are two particular famous child actors who eventually experienced much difficulty with the fame they acquired at a young age. Many child actors also become successful adult actors as well, a prime example of this being Jodie Foster, who was 12 years old in the film Taxi Driver in 1976 and went on to become an adult star with variety of films including The Silence of the Lambs (1991). In the United States, the activities of child actors are regulated by the governing labor union, if any, and state laws. Some projects film in remote locations specifically to evade regulations intended to protect the child. Longer work hours or risky stunts prohibited by California, for example, might be permitted to a project filming in British Columbia. US federal law specifically exempted minors working in the Entertainment Business from all provisions of the Child Labor Laws. Any regulation of child actors is governed by disparate state laws. Due to the large presence of the entertainment industry in Hollywood, the state of California has some of the most explicit laws protecting child actors. Being a minor, a child actor must secure an entertainment work permit before accepting any paid performing work. Compulsory education laws mandate that the education of the child actor not be disrupted while the child is working, whether the child actor is enrolled in public school, private school or even home school. The child does their schoolwork under the supervision of a studio teacher while on the set. In the United Kingdom, a child actor is defined as someone under school leaving age.  A child requires three hours minimum of tutoring daily and a lesson must be a minimum of 30 minutes to count towards the total and with regards to 16 and 17-year-olds in further education, considerations are made in regards to their studies. There are regulations and guidance to safeguard all actors under the age of 18; OFCOM guidance states a child’s health and safety, wellbeing and welfare is paramount in television production and factors such as their age, maturity and life experiences can affect their performance.  OFCOM also advises that broadcasters undertake risk assessments, consider seeking expert advice and follow best practise. Jackie Coogan earned millions of dollars from working as a child actor only to see most of it squandered by his parents. In 1939, California weighed in on this controversy and enacted the Coogan Bill which requires a portion of the earnings of a child to be preserved in a special savings account called a blocked trust. Also criticize the parents of child actors for allowing their children to work, believing that more “normal” activities should be the staple during the childhood years. Observe that competition is present in all areas of a child’s life-from sports to student newspaper to orchestra and band-and believe that the work ethic instilled or the talent developed accrues to the child’s benefit. The child actor may experience unique and negative pressures when working under tight production schedules. Large projects which depend for their success on the ability of the child to deliver an effective performance add to the pressure. Ethel Merman, who several times worked in long-running stage productions with child actors, disliked what she eventually saw as their overprofessionalization – “acting more like midgets than children” – and disapproved of parents pushing adulthood on them. This section possibly contains synthesis of material which does not verifiably mention or relate to the main topic. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. (May 2019) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). Jodie Foster in 1974. There are many instances of troubled adult lives due to the stressful environment to which child actors are subjected. It is common to see a child actor grow up in front of the camera, whether in films, television shows or both. However, it is not uncommon to see child actors continue their careers throughout as actors or in a different professional field. Jodie Foster started acting at age three, becoming the quintessential child actor during the 1970s with roles in films such as Tom Sawyer (1973), Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), Bugsy Malone (1976), The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976), and Freaky Friday (1976). A child prodigy, Foster received her first Academy Award nomination at age 13 and later took a sabbatical from films to attend Yale University. She made a successful transition to adult roles, winning two Academy Awards for Best Actress before the age of 30, and starring in several successful and acclaimed films such as The Accused (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Nell (1994), Maverick (1994), Contact (1997), and The Brave One (2007), thus establishing herself as one of the most accomplished and sought-after actresses of her generation. Now adults, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, the three leads of the acclaimed Harry Potter film series (2001-11), starred in all the installments in the series, and have since continued to act in film, television, and theater in their early thirties. Her performance earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination at age eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in SAG history. She later appeared in major Hollywood productions, in such acclaimed blockbuster films as Man on Fire (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), Charlotte’s Web (2006), Hounddog (2007), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Coraline (2009), The Twilight Saga film series (2009-12), The Runaways (2010), and The Motel Life (2012). Fanning’s younger sister, Elle Fanning also rose to prominence as a child actress, having appeared in many films since before she turned three. Miranda Cosgrove, known mainly for her role on Drake & Josh as a child, gained more attention for her role as a teenager in the show iCarly. Since the end of the show she has been featured in other roles, including as the voice of Margo in the Despicable Me franchise. Once she was of age, she decided to pursue a college degree in film at the University of Southern California. Shirley Temple became a public figure and diplomat, beginning in the 1960s. Ambassador in countries such as Ghana and Czechoslovakia. Mary-Kate Olsen was treated for an eating disorder, deemed anorexia, but her twin sister remained less troubled. In an article with the magazine Marie Claire, Mary-Kate expressed the bittersweet nature of the twins’ childhood. “I look at old photos of me, and I don’t feel connected to them at all, ” she said. I would never wish my upbringing on anyone… But I wouldn’t take it back for the world. Since the beginning of her career at age 15 in 1999, Mandy Moore is one of the child stars to have success as an adult. Drew Barrymore started acting at age three. During her childhood she battled with drugs, but today she continues to act in films. Natalie Portman took a small break in acting to get a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard University before continuing her career as an actress. Rider Strong, known as “Shawn Hunter” in Boy Meets World, was educated at Columbia University and now runs a successful blog and published a graphic novel.  Neil Patrick Harris got his acting start in Doogie Howser, M. He continues to act in television, films and theater. Jonathan Lipnicki, known mostly for the Stuart Little films, now successfully competes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  Sara Gilbert is known for her role on Roseanne and is now successful as a talk show host on The Talk. Also from Rosanne, Michael Fishman continued to work in film, but behind the scenes and has since been nominated for an Emmy for the work he did in Sports Science.  Kirsten Dunst and Lacey Chabert both made the transition from a child actress to an adult actress with a rough patch including depression. After a stay in a rehabilitation center, Dunst was able to recover and continue her career. She proves that the pressures of growing up under the spotlight may not come without repercussions. Roddy McDowall, who had a long and distinguished career including as the regular star of the Planet of the Apes series; Micky Dolenz, who started his career as a child star in the 1950s, grew up to be a musician of the successful 1960s pop group The Monkees, which had its own successful television show; Ron Howard, who, in addition to being the star of both of the long running The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days television series, became an Academy Award-winning director in adulthood; Elijah Wood, who continued his career successfully into adulthood starring as Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings film series and starring as Ryan Newman in the television series Wilfred. Other child actors who have continued their careers into adulthood include Mandy Moore, Rose Marie, Hayley Mills, Ann Jillian, Johnny Whitaker, Kathy Garver, Tim Matheson, Bonnie Franklin, Melissa Gilbert, Danielle Brisebois, Erika Eleniak, Max Pomeranc, Christina Ricci, Shelley Fabares, Candace Cameron Bure, Karron Graves, Gaby Hoffmann, Hilary Duff, Molly Ringwald, Stacy Ferguson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lisa Whelchel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Soleil Moon Frye, Melissa Joan Hart, Dean Stockwell, Kurt Russell, Fred Savage, Neil Patrick Harris, Michelle Chia, Shawn Lee, Joshua Ang, Aloysius Pang, Raven-Symoné and other Academy Award winners and nominees include; Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Scarlett Johansson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Helen Hunt, Irene Cara, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank, Christian Bale, Saoirse Ronan, Brie Larson, Regina King, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Many actors’ careers are short-lived and this is also true of child actors. Many actors out of personal choice that start their careers as child actors decide not to pursue the same careers as adults, Shirley Temple became a public figure and diplomat. Peter Ostrum, appearing in his only role, the title character of Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory became a large-scale veterinarian surgeon. Whilst Jenny Lewis, formerly of film Troop Beverly Hills in 1989, is a well-known singer-songwriter indie rock musician. In Poland, former child actors and identical twin brothers Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski became successful politicians, at one time Lech being President and Jaroslaw the Prime Minister. January 17, 1922 in Santa Monica, California, USA. December 5, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Celebrities”. The seller is “memorabilia111″ and is located in this country: US. 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