Dean Stockwell on Gene, Frank, and Anchors Aweigh

In this article from the Winnipeg Free Press, actor Dean Stockwell, who starred alongside Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Kathryn Grayson in Anchors Aweigh (1945), recalls his experience:

“I kind of remember a little bit of contrast between [Gene and Frank] because Gene was much more involved in what he was doing and I think he felt a little threatened by a child being involved, because there’s an old adage among actors: Don’t ever work with animals or kids because they steal the scenes,” Stockwell said from his home in Taos, N.M., where he creates collage artwork. “But Frank was not that way at all. He couldn’t care less. He was very warm and very nice to me.”

Stockwell’s got a point about “stealing scenes”: after all, he was a cute little fella…

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