Twelve-year-old Cormac McCarthy starred in a 1946 agricultural documentary called Dairying in Tennessee

Redditor Jarslow posted the short film Dairying in Tennessee today on the Cormac McCarthy Reddit page. The short film was posted on Vimeo by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound yesterday,  where the organization notes that “A year earlier, McCarthy was on the shortlist to play Jody in Clarence Brown’s film adaptation of “The Yearling.” Of McCarthy’s audition, an MGM representative told a Knoxville Journal reporter, “This boy has personality plus, and he’s done a good job living down jests tossed at him because of his name.” The role ultimately went to Claude Jarman, Jr.”

 

1 thought on “Twelve-year-old Cormac McCarthy starred in a 1946 agricultural documentary called Dairying in Tennessee”

  1. How surreal – especially the anecdote about a young McCarthy almost becoming a child star starring in a major movie.

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