Eddie Hodges

Advise and Consent

Director: Otto Preminger
1962

Examining the showbiz credits of Eddie Hodges, you may be surprised to learn that this very talented and popular child star appeared in only about eight films [according to IMDb] between 1959 and 1968. We seem to recall that he was all over the map in the early 60s and just about every movie-struck kid in the country envied him. After all, here was a kid who got to work with just about everybody of major importance in the entertainment business: Sinatra, Elvis, Lucy, even Joi Lansing . . . the list just goes on and on. Of course, Eddie Hodges also made numerous television appearances and had hit records too, so it shouldn't be surprising that he made such an impact on us. Kid actors come and go, and some of them actually do a lot of good work before they're forgotten, but Eddie Hodges is one that a lot of us still remember. Maybe in a way he symbolizes an era that fell between Shirley Temple and Macaulay Culkin -- which was not such a bad time to grow up in.



Eddie Hodges

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Director: Michael Curtiz
1960



The Films of Eddie Hodges

A Hole in the Head

1959

Director:
Frank Capra
Cast: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, Eddie Hodges, Keenan Wynn, Joi Lansing.

Still: Frank Sinatra and Eddie Hodges

Still: Eddie Hodges, Frank Sinatra and Carolyn Jones

Notes on A Hole in the Head
-- Featured song "High Hopes" won an Oscar for James Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn.
-- Eddie Hodges played "Ally Manetta."

 

 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1960

Director:
Michael Curtiz
Cast: Tony Randall, Eddie Hodges, Archie Moore, Patty McCormack, Neville Brand, Judy Canova, Buster Keaton, John Carradine, Sterling Holloway, Andy Devine, Mickey Shaughnessy.

Still: Eddie Hodges and Neville Brand

Still: Eddie Hodges and Archie Moore

Notes on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
-- Eddie Hodges was featured as Mark Twain's immortal Huck. Other screen Hucks have included: Junior Durkin (1930, 1931), Donald O'Connor (1938), Jackie Moran (1938), Mickey Rooney (1939), Jeff East (1974), Ron Howard (1975), Patrick Day (1985), and Elijah Wood (1993).

 

 

Advise and Consent

1962

Director:
Otto Preminger
Cast: Henry Fonda, Don Murray, Charles Laughton, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Burgess Meredith, Paul Ford, George Grizzard, Betty White, Eddie Hodges.

Still: Eddie Hodges and Henry Fonda

Notes on Advise and Consent
-- The film was adapted from a novel by Allen Drury.
-- Eddie Hodges played "Johnny Leffingwell."

 

 

Summer Magic

1963

Director:
James Neilson
Cast: Hayley Mills, Burl Ives, Dorothy McGuire, Deborah Walley, Eddie Hodges, Jimmy Mathers, Michael Pollard, Una Merkel, Peter Brown, Jim Stacy, O.Z. Whitehead, Eddie Quillan.

Still: Dorothy McGuire, Hayley Mills, Eddie Hodges and Jimmy Mathers

Notes on Summer Magic
-- This Disney film was based on Kate Douglas Wiggin's novel, Mother Carey's Chickens, which had been on screen previously in 1938. There had also been a stage adaptation by Wiggin and Rachel Crothers.
-- Eddie Hodges played "Gilley Carey."

 

 

Johnny Shiloh

1963

Director:
James Neilson
Cast: Kevin Corcoran, Brian Keith, Darryl Hickman, Eddie Hodges, Skip Homeier, Regis Toomey, Hayden Roarke, Edward Platt.

Notes on Johnny Shiloh
-- This two-part made-for-TV Disney film was released theatrically in Europe.
-- Eddie Hodges played "Billt Jones."

 

 

C'mon, Let's Live a Little

1967

Director:
David Butler
Cast: Bobby Vee, Jackie DeShannon, Eddie Hodges, John Ireland, Jr., Patsy Kelly, Bo Belinsky, Kim Carnes.

Notes on C'mon, Let's Live a Little
-- Leonard Maltin rates this film "BOMB" and "perfectly awful," which pretty much guarantees that it's a "must see."
-- This was director David Butler's last film. His very distinguished list of credits extend back to the 1920s and include The Road to Morocco (1942) and a number of early Doris Day musicals.
-- Jackie DeShannon, the female lead in C'mon, Let's Live a Little, was later the co-author (with Donna Weiss) of the song "Bette Davis Eyes." DeShannon sang it on her 1975 album "New Arrangement." But it would take C'mon, Let's Live a Little co-star Kim Carnes to put the song on the map. Her 1981 version was a worldwide smash -- No. 1 in 21 countries.
-- Eddie Hodges played "Eddie Stewart." A year later he would co-star in an Elvis musical with a similar title -- Live a Little, Love a Little.

 


The Happiest Millionaire

1968

Director:
Norman Tokar
Cast: Fred MacMurray, Tommy Steele, Greer Garson, Geraldine Page, Gladys Cooper, Hermione Baddeley, Lesley Ann Warren, John Davidson, Paul Petersen, Eddie Hodges, Aron Kinkaid

Notes on The Happiest Millionaire
-- This is said to be the last "Disney" film in which Walt Disney was personally involved.
-- Eddie Hodges played "Livingston Biddle."
-- Hodges and Paul Petersen were cast as brothers and performed the song "Watch Your Footwork."

 

 

Live a Little, Love a Little

1968

Director:
Norman Taurog
Cast: Elvis Presley, Michele Carey, Don Porter, Rudy Vallee, Joan Shawlee, Dick Sargent, Sterling Holloway, Eddie Hodges.

Notes on Live a Little, Love a Little
-- Eddie Hodges played "Delivery Boy."

 

 

Eddie Hodges has numerous TV credits, including guest appearances on Gunsmoke, The Lucy Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Family Affair. During one segment of the popular game show Name That Tune, he appeared as a contestant with Marine Corps Major (and later astronaut) John Glenn.

Hodges made his professional stage debut in the original Broadway production of Meredith Wilson's The Music Man, which opened December 19, 1957 at the Majestic Theatre in New York, and ran for 1,375 performances. Hodges portrayed Winthrop Paroo, performing two songs: "Wells Fargo Wagon" and "Gary, Indiana." The original Broadway cast album is currently available as part of Angel's "Broadway Classics" series.

Other recordings:
In addition to singing on Broadway and in several films, Hodges' musical contributions also included four singles which appeared on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in the early to mid-1960s:

Cadence Records:
1961: "I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door" (peaked at #12)
1962: "Bandit of My Dreams" (peaked at #65)
1962: "(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made to Love" (peaked at #14)

Aurora Records:
1965: "New Orleans" (peaked at #44)

The three Cadence sides are currently available on Volumes 1 & 2 of Varese Sarabande's The History of Cadence.


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