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Subject: Only 7 screen credits to his young Whiteley's career, I'd never heard of the Scottish-born actor before, who was out of the business by 21. ...


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VIDEO from his biggest success, "The Little Kidnappers" (1953).
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Date Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 11:03:53am
In reply to: Dies at 75 's message, "Jon Whiteley, 1954 Juvenile Academy Award recipient for "The Little Kidnappers."" on Wednesday, May 20, 09:51:13am

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A Scotsman, grandfather Jim MacKenzie (Duncan Macrae), living on a primitive homestead in Nova Scotia, is raising his two grandsons, Harry and Davy (Jon Whiteley and Vincent Winter), following the death of their father in the Boer War. Grandad Jim's son's death has developed antagonism by MacKenzie toward all Dutchmen, which leads to Harry brawling at school with the son of a Dutchman. Harry falls down a cliff and is helped home by the community doctor, Willem Bloem (Theodore Bikel), a Dutchman in love with MacKenzie's daughter, Kirsty (Adrienne Corri). Due to the old man's feelings, they must carry on a clandestine romance. Forbidden by their grandfather to have a dog, Harry and Davy "kidnap" an unattended baby and care for the child in a lean-to shack. When found, the baby proves to be the child of MacKenzie's most-bitter Dutch enemy.

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Sadly, his brother in that film, child actor Vincent Winter, later primarily working behind the camera, died at young age of 50, from a heart attack in 1998. -As for Whiteley, as adult he became a respected art historian. ...PHOTOSWednesday, May 20, 11:25:03am
I believe Jon Whiteley, Peggy Garner, Deanna Durbin and Ivan Jandl are the only Junior winners who never showed up during the 1980's and 1990's tributes to past honor winners. (NT)Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Margaret O'Brien, Hayley Mills, Claude Jarman, Vincent Winter all attended at least on Oscar winner reunionWednesday, May 20, 11:26:19am


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