had two young stars
under contract in the early 1950's - Bobby Driscoll and
In "Peter Pan" (1952),
voice the title character - while Beaumont would portray Wendy
Bobby Driscoll had appeared in
Disney's "Song of the South" in 1946, "So Dear To My Heart" in '49,
and gave a memorable performance in "Treasure Island" in 1950 at age
Early in 1950,
someone in the publicity department at Disney must have decided that
the two youngsters should go out on a "date" accompanied by a studio
were presented in the
September 1950 edition of Movie Life magazine.
Movie Life titled the photo
spread "In Wonderland."
"English-born Kathryn Beaumont, who was the voice of 'Alice' in Disney
film, sees sights of California Wonderland with Bobby Driscoll."
That's the sum total of the "article." The rest is photo captions.
the photo at right: "Next best to visiting Ciro's at night is a
look at the spot by day. Voice of Disney's Alice in Alice in
Wonderland was enchanted."
Some date: Bobby takes Kathryn to a restaurant
that's closed? Bobby (or, more accurately, the Disney PR person that
dreamed this up) had an odd idea of what makes for a fun date!
Wait... it gets worse.
would be complete
without a look at the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre," Movie
Life rhetorically asks, "with its footprints of all-time greats in
And what better way to
embarrass your "date" than to drop to your knees when you reach the
portion of the forecourt signed by Al Jolson... and belt out a few
Clearly, Kathryn and Bobby were "good
soldiers" when the Disney organization asked for publicity assistance.
For Kathryn, the combination of always having to wear the Alice dress...
and having to endure situations like this one must have sorely
tested even the most deeply-ingrained English manners.
Another stop on the tour,
according to Movie Life, "...was the La Brea tar
pits, made famous by radio comics. Here Bobby shows Kathryn plaster
replicas of the huge pre-historic monsters found buried in tar."
Could Bobby's interest in (and
knowledge of) tar date back to a 1946 movie role?
In Song of the South, James Baskett, as Uncle Remus,
tells Johnny (Driscoll) the memorable story of "Bre'r Rabbit and
the Tar Baby."
||Movie Life caption:
"A little young, maybe, but Kathryn had heard about Fern Dell in
Griffith Park, a famous trysting place. Ah, for that fairy Godmother;
she'd like to be grown up!"
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