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2:02pm 12-27-2006
John Frank
Today is Mary’s birthday. It is also the second anniversary of the launching of this website, dedicated to sharing the memory of this wonderful actress and person, Mary Kornman.

My introduction to the silent “Our Gang” shorts came late in my life. Upon seeing my first one, only two and a half years ago, I was most struck by the charm of this young girl, which transcended the need for sound. It perplexed me as to how one’s persona could radiate through a silent format. When I set out to do research on her, I was able to find out very little about this young lady except that she had a younger sister, Mildred, and continued making movies until her mid 20’s. I started to look for her later movies wherever I could find them, along with pictures and any information about her that was still available. I had thought what a shame it was that no one had created a site in honor of one of, if not, the first child actress in moving pictures. So with no experience in creating a website I decided to take on the project myself but not without the blessing of Mildred Kornman, which then came.

Now two years later, this site has grown from having a gallery of under 20 photos to having over 350 and still growing as we speak. For this I would like to thank Randy Jones, fellow “Kornmanite”, for finding, sometimes “under a rock”, and donating photos of Mary in just about every type of scenario. I also thank Bob Demoss, a collector of “Our Gang” memorabilia, for donating from his collection. Finally, I thank Mildred Kornman for her blessing upon my creating this site with the wealth of information and memories that she has shared with me; not only of the beautiful actress but of her loving sister, Mary Kornman. What a wonder gift to the world Mary was and still is.

Thank you Mary, for putting sunshine in so many hearts and a smile on so many faces!

Happy Birthday Mary!
6:00pm 11-10-2006
Loren Alf (Hansen)
Hey stranger......remember me? I told Walt I\'de keep an eye on you but you just up and dissappeared. How are you? Where are you? Jane passed away in June of 1997 and her kids are doing well.
Anyway, give me a call.....I can\'t tell you how often I think of you, so call me so we can catch up. I\'m living in the valley, selling real estate and doing ok.....I go by your old store every week and remember................
Anyway, I gotta go for now....
Love ya !
Loren Hansen
2:36am 10-10-2006
Mike Davidson
I really liked Mary Kornman and Thelma Todd both, but there were some striking differences between them. To me, although I consider Thelma to have been both beautiful and talented, there appeared to have been a worldliness about her, or maybe a world-weariness. It seems that she was tough when she had to be. You get the feeling that she always knew exactly what she was doing and where she was going. In contrast, Mary projected an innocence and a vulnerability that would make a good man want to protect and take care of her. This quality Mary had added much to her being so appealing.
7:52am 09-27-2006
Mike Davidson
Watching Mary and Mickey Daniels together is great fun. Mary could have reduced even the strongest and manly types to no more than blushing and stammering schoolboys!! She was so demure, feminine and sweet, what man would not have melted when she spoke to him!!
6:35am 09-26-2006
John Frank
Glad you liked the site, Erin! Yes indeed, my favorite three; Mary, Bach and The Beatles! Or is that six? Thanks for visiting. Mr. F.
8:26pm 09-22-2006
This Is A Great Site. I Am Also One Of Your Seventh Grade Students, So We Have Learned Much About Mary In Class., But The Website Is Greater Than Hearing Just Words.
Thanks Again -Erin
8:03am 09-17-2006
John Frank
Thanks Woodey! Your choice of words is perfect! It is not difficult to create a "beautiful" site when the subject is beautiful in every way, both inside and out! JF
6:25am 09-15-2006
Thanks for creating this beautiful site on Mary
3:19pm 09-09-2006
John Frank
Thanks! Kudos to Randy and Bob for making the gallery supersized!
In a nutshell I was really surprised to find very little about Mary when I searched her name on the internet one day. Being virtually the first child movie actress along with having an extensive movie career as a woman I thought much information would be out there, but no. So I decided to take on the project myself. John
1:29pm 09-09-2006
Great site, though I was to young for Mary's version of Our gang...I did watch some of the later versions of it. How did you come to be involved John?
7:53am 08-31-2006
Mike Davidson
Does anyone know about the availability or existence of the short films that Thelma Todd did with Charlie Chase, Zasu Pitts and Patsy Kelly? One of them was aired on AMC several years ago, along with an episode of The Boy Friends. The Nostalgia Channel also used to show them. It was there that I first discovered them. Most memorable of all was "The Pip From Pittsburgh", with Thelma and Charlie Chase. Charlie was set-up on a blind date unknowingly with Thelma. So, thinking his blind date will be a disaster, he wears his friend's ragged old suit and eats raw garlic beforehand. Hilarious after he meets lovely Thelma!!
8:38am 08-30-2006
Mike Davidson
Thanks John. This is great. I have downloaded the four "The Boyfriends" from the MGM Shorts website. Unfortunately, although I am originally from Georgia, U.S.A. where I used to watch TCM regularly, the version of TCM here in the UK where I now live doesn't seem to air them. Thanks for the information. Take care and keep up the great work. Sincerely, Mike.
8:37am 08-24-2006
John Frank
Hi Mike,
This September 15th is "Hal Roach Day"on TCM, Turner Classics. They have been airing Boy Friends episodes here and there unannounced in between movies but on this day they will air 5 of the 15 episode ever made, beginning at 10:30 am EST.
Cut and Paste this link:

Be sure to set the TCM schedule to your time zone, upper left.

I know "Ladies Last","Blood and Thunder", "High Gear", "Air Tight" and "Call a Cop" are definitely BF episodes.

If you leave another post with your email I will contact you further and also pull your email off of the post as soon as I get it. Thank you for your compliments on the site! John Frank
8:12am 08-23-2006
Mike Davidson
I grew up watching The Little Rascals on television and later on video in Georgia, U.S.A. One of my favorite episodes has always been "Fish Hooky" and all because of Mary Kornman. Does anyone know if there are, have ever been or ever will be any of the episodes of The Boyfriends available on either DVD or VHS? I recall taping the one aired on American Movie Classics - "Mama Loves Papa" several years ago. Unfortunately, I was unable to retain my videotape of this one episode and AMC very strangely never seemed to air any others. I have always admired Mary. Can anyone please help? This is a wonderful website and a great tribute to lovely Mary. Thank you very much.


Mike Davidson
8:51pm 06-18-2006
Ron Rader
Mary has to be one of the most adorable girls, and one of the most beautiful young ladies I have ever seen in my life!!! I remember when I saw the John Wayne movie 'The Desert Trail' and saw Mary Kornman. I thought she was absolutley beautiful! I then discovered that she was 'Mary' of the old 'Our Gang' comedies. I just had to find more info about her, and have been a fan of hers ever since.

I feel this is the best web page on Mary that I have ever seen. Keep up the good work. Hope this web page continues for a long time to come.
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