Tommy "Butch" Bond


This filmography was made in collaboration with Matthew Lydick.


full name: Thomas Ross Bond
childhood nickname: Tommy
adult nickname: Tom
alternate nickname: Butch
born Sep. 16, 1926, in Dallas, TX
died Sep. 24, 2005, in Northridge, CA, of heart disease


Special note: There is some dispute about whether or not Tommy appeared in the Our Gang film "Spanky." If he did, then this would have been a full year prior to his joining the series as a regular member of the troupe. It's generally thought that one of the blackface kids in the film is Tommy, specifically the one with long blonde hair that is not only seen in near closeup lip-synching to the Negro spiritual, but also later seen operating the ice floes (while still in blackface makeup). Perhaps the strongest evidence supporting this view is the fact that Tommy himself considered this blackface kid to be him. However, in the opinions of the two of us who have prepared this filmography, that blackface kid is more likely to be the same one that played "Bobby" in "Readin' And Writin'." An analysis of the payroll ledger supports this view, as not only is Tommy absent from the ledger during the making of this film (first appearing a year later with the making of "Forgotten Babies"), but it's possible to isolate the names of the six kids in blackface, and realize that all six of them were in "Readin' And Writin'," including two that were named "Bobby." Also, a side-by-side comparison of "Bobby" with the blackface kid seems to simply be a better match than comparing Tommy with the blackface kid. It's also worth noting that in his book, Tommy states that the year was 1932 and his age was five-and-a-half when he made his journey to California, both of which would be too late for the making of "Spanky."


Also of special note: In his 1994 book Darn Right It's Butch, Tommy credits himself with voicing characters in several of the Warner Brothers cartoons made between 1934 and 1938, with IMDb actually added several more titles. While it does sound like Tommy's voice in a small handful of instances, it most often sounds like Jackie Morrow, the kid credited in IMDb with voicing Owl Jolson in "I Love To Singa." Because of this, we've omitted several titles from this filmography, pending better evidence. Of the seven cartoons listed in the filmography in Tommy's book, only "Don't Look Now" is included below, with Tommy definitely being the voice of the devil boy, and maybe that of the angel boy as well (as claimed by Tommy himself). In the case of "My Green Fedora" and "I Wanna Be A Sailor," these sound more like Jackie. When it comes to "I Love To Singa," it's been claimed that Jackie did the main Owl Jolson voice, while Tommy did the part where he sings "Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes." However, I think on closer inspection, this also sounds like Jackie. Not included in the filmography, but in the main text of the book, Tommy also mentions "Toy Town Hall," which reprises the title song from "My Green Fedora," but stills sounds like Jackie. In the case of "The Major Lied 'Til Dawn," Tommy would have to have done a very good impression of Freddie Bartholomew to be the voice in this one, and while there is some indication that he was capable of doing some impressions, the timbre of the voice doesn't sound quite right. His filmography also lists "Mr. & Mrs. Is The Name" and "I'd Love To Take Orders From You," which simply don't sound like him. Another 13 cartoons are listed by IMDb, with only three, "The Phantom Ship," "Alpine Antics" and "A Sunbonnet Blue," sounding like they could be Tommy. Most of the rest sound like Jackie Morrow, while a couple of the early Buddy cartoons sound like neither Tommy nor Jackie.


1931


1932


1933

121. Forgotten Babies (small part)
Mar. 11, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-14 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 3 to 10, 1932. ©Mar. 13, 1933.
122. The Kid From Borneo (supporting role)
Apr. 15, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-15 - Our Gang series
FIlmed Jan. 9 to 16, 1933. ©Mar. 13, 1933.
123. Mush and Milk (supporting role: Tommy)
May 27, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-16 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 27 to Feb. 3, 1933. ©Apr. 17, 1933. Tommy sings "Just Friends (Lovers No More)" in this film.
Beauty And The Bus (role: Tommy)
Sep. 16, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. A-17 - Thelma Todd & Patsy Kelly series
©Sep. 12, 1933.
124. Bedtime Worries (small part)
©Sep. 26, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-17 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Sep. 9, 1933. Filmed July 20 to 31, and Aug. 12, 1933.
125. Wild Poses (small part)
Oct. 28, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-18 - Our Gang series
Filmed Aug. 18 to 23, 1933. ©Oct. 20, 1933.

1934

The Cracked Iceman (small part: student)
Jan. 27, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-20 - Charley Chase series
Filmed in mid-Oct. 1933. ©Dec. 13, 1933.
126. Hi'-Neighbor! (supporting role)
Mar. 3, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-19 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 20 to 30, 1934. ©Feb. 24, 1934.
127. For Pete's Sake! (supporting role)
Apr. 14, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-20 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 23 to Mar. 3, 1934. ©Apr. 4, 1934.
128. The First Round-Up (supporting role)
May 5, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-21 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 19 to 24, 1934. ©May 1, 1934.
I'll Take Vanilla (small part: Junior)
May 5, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-22 - Charley Chase series
©Mar. 2, 1934.
129. Honky-Donkey (supporting role: Tommy)
June 2, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-22 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 2 to 7, 1934. ©May 25, 1934.
130. Mike Fright (supporting role)
Aug. 25, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-23 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Feb. 25, 1934. Filmed May 29 to June 7, 1934. ©July 25, 1934. Tommy takes part in singing "The Man On The Flying Trapeze."
Nosed Out (undetermined role)
unreleased - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. E-2 - Irvin S. Cobb series
Filmed in July 1934, with Tommy's involvement taking place on July 23rd. Richard Lewis Ward's book lists this as unreleased, but IMDb gives the release date of Sep. 15, 1934. ©Sep. 30, 1934.
You Said A Hatful! (small part: boy with catcher's mask)
Oct. 13, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-26 - Charley Chase series
©Nov. 6, 1934.
Kid Millions (role: boy)
Nov. 10, 1934 - Goldwyn/UA - 10 reels - Eddie Cantor feature
Filmed mid-Aug. to early Sep. 1934. ©Dec. 8, 1934. Partially filmed in 3-strip Technicolor. In this film, Harold Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers) sings a song called "I Want To Be A Minstrel Man." A reviewer in The Lewiston Daily Sun (ME) credited Tommy with singing the song, apparently thinking he was in blackface.
131. Washee Ironee (supporting roley)
©Nov. 13, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-24 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Sep. 29, 1934. Filmed Oct. 1 to 9, 1934.

1935

The Marriage Bargain (supporting role: Jimmy Sparks)
Feb. 20, 1935 - Screencraft/Marcy - 7 reels - feature
©Sep. 21, 1934, as Within The Rock. Starring Creighton Chaney and Lila Lee.
Alimony Aches (supporting role: Ronald)
June 29, 1935 - Columbia - 2 reels - Andy Clyde series
©June 18, 1935.
Gobs Of Trouble (undetermined role)
July 12, 1935 - Columbia - 2 reels - Tom Kennedy & Monte Collins series
©June 21, 1935.
Oh, My Nerves (undetermined role)
Oct. 17, 1935 - Columbia - 2 reels - Tom Kennedy & Monte Collins series
©Oct. 21, 1935.
The Calling Of Dan Matthews (role: Tommy)
Dec. 10, 1935 - Principal/Columbia - 7 reels - Richard Arlen feature
©Dec. 9, 1935.

1936

Unrelated Relations (undetermined role)
Jan. 9, 1936 - Columbia - 2 reels - Monte Collins short
©Jan. 8, 1936.
Next Time We Love (role: pesky kid)
Jan. 30, 1936 - Universal - 9 reels - Margaret Sullavan feature
©Feb. 4, 1936.
The Phantom Ship (role: voice of Beans)
Feb. 1, 1936 - Schlesinger/Warner Bros. - 1 reel - Looney Tunes series
©Mar. 2, 1936. The voice of Beans in this cartoon sounds sufficiently enough like Tommy to warrant its inclusion here. Most other appearances of Beans seem to all use the voice of Jackie Morrow.
142. Divot Diggers (archival sound)
Feb. 8, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-36 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 18 to 25, 1935. ©Feb. 6, 1936. The sounds of the kids yelling near the end of this short derive from "Washee Ironee," so presumably we're hearing Tommy somewhere in the chaos.
The Return Of Jimmy Valentine (role: listener)
Feb. 22, 1936 - Republic - 7 reels - Roger Pryor feature
©Feb. 28, 1936.
Alpine Antics (role: voice of Beans)
Mar. 9, 1936 - Schlesinger/Warner Bros. - 1 reel - Looney Tunes series
©Mar. 9, 1936. Again, the voice of Beans sounds enough like Tommy to warrant its inclusion here.
Silly Billies (role: student)
Mar. 20, 1936 - RKO - 7 reels - Bert Wheeler & Robert Woolsey feature
©Mar. 20, 1936.
Counterfeit (role: Dicky)
May 25, 1936 - Columbia - 8 reels - Chester Morris & Margot Grahame feature
©June 11, 1936.
The Final Hour (role: Mickey, the newsboy)
July 7, 1936 - Columbia - 6 reels - Ralph Bellamy & Marguerite Churchill feature
©July 6, 1936.
Mister Smarty (role: Bowser's shorter son)
July 15, 1936 - Columbia - 2 reels - Andy Clyde series
©June 30, 1936.
Libeled Lady (role: waif)
prem. Oct. 7, 1936 - MGM - 10 reels - feature
Released Oct. 9, 1936. Starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy.
©Oct. 5, 1936.
Don't Look Now (role: voice of devil boy)
Nov. 7, 1936 - Schlesinger/Warner Bros. - 1 reel - Merrie Melodies series
©Dec. 30, 1936. Apparently Tommy also did the voice of Cupid, though this doesn't seem particularly obvious. However, the devil boy sounds exactly like him.

1937

Knee Action (supporting role: Rudolf)
Jan. 9, 1937 - Columbia - 2 reels - Andy Clyde series
©Dec. 28, 1936.
Champagne Waltz (role: Otto)
prem. Jan. 20, 1937 - Paramount - 10 reels - Gladys Swarthout & Fred MacMurray feature
©Jan. 29, 1937. Released Feb. 5, 1937.
152. Glove Taps (featured role: Butch Raffety)
©Mar. 9, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-6 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Feb. 20, 1937. Filmed Jan. 11 to 30, 1937.
155. Rushin' Ballet (featured role)
Apr. 24, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-9 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 9 to 13, 1937. ©Apr. 22, 1937.
Married Before Breakfast (role: Baglipp's kid)
June 18, 1937 - MGM - 7 reels - Robert Young & Florence Rice feature
©June 15, 1937.
Hideaway (role: Oscar Peterson)
Aug. 13, 1937 - RKO - 6 reels - Fred Stone feature
Filmed in June/July 1937. ©Aug. 13, 1937. Working title: House In The Country.
A Sunbonnet Blue (featured role: voice of Johnny Mouse)
Aug. 21, 1937 - Schlesinger/Warner Bros. - 1 reel - Merrie Melodies series
©Dec. 1, 1937. The voice of Johnny Mouse sounds sufficiently enough like Tommy to warrant its inclusion here.
158. Fishy Tales (featured role: Butch)
Aug. 28, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-12 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 26 to Aug. 2, 1937. ©Sep. 8, 1937.
159. Framing Youth (supporting role: Butch McGann aka Mr. Butch)
©Sep. 21, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-13 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Sep. 11, 1937. Filmed Aug. 19 to 25, 1937.
Rosalie (role: Mickey)
Dec. 24, 1937 - MGM - 13 reels - Nelson Eddy & Eleanor Powell feature
©Dec. 20, 1937. Tommy hums "The Wedding March" during the finale.

1938

166. Came The Brawn (featured role: Butch)
Apr. 16, 1938 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-19 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 21 to 25, 1938. ©Apr. 12, 1938. Tommy's voice can also be heard in the puppet animation version of this short produced in 1966.
City Streets (featured role: Tommy aka Thomas Francis Devlin)
prem. June 1938 - Columbia - 7 reels - Edith Fellows & Leo Carrillo feature
Filmed during the late spring of 1938. ©June 27, 1938. Earliest verified screening: June 20, 1938. Released July 1, 1938. Working title: City Shadows.
The Magician's Daughter (supporting role: Harry Murdock)
July 16, 1938 - MGM - 2 reels - Miniature Musicals series
©July 20, 1938. Starring Eleanor Lynn, Frank Albertson and Maurice Cass.
170. The Little Ranger (featured role: Butch aka Butch Dalton)
Aug. 6, 1938 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2566 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 20 to 25, 1938. ©Aug. 10, 1938.
Block-Heads (role: the neighbor's football-playing son)
Aug. 19, 1938 - Roach/MGM - 5 reels - prod. F-22 - Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy feature
Filmed June 1 to July 1, 1938, with added scenes July 27 and 28, 1938. ©Aug. 17, 1938. This film was reissued in the early '50s as a two-reeler entitled Better Now. Oscar nominee for Best Original Score.
171. Party Fever (featured role: Butch)
Aug. 27, 1938 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2568 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 5 to 9, 1938. ©Aug. 25, 1938.
174. Football Romeo (supporting role: Butch aka Butchy-Wutchy aka Captain Butch)
Nov. 12, 1938 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2589 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 19 to 24, 1938. ©Nov. 16, 1938.
175. Practical Jokers (featured role: Butch aka Tommy aka Tommy "Butch" Bond)
Dec. 17, 1938 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2595 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 24 to 27, 1938. ©Dec. 20, 1938.

1939

178. Duel Personalities (featured role: Butch)
Mar. 11, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2610 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 22 to 26, 1939. ©Mar. 9, 1939.
Happily Buried (bit part: kid giving hotfoot to Prince Manusha)
Apr. 14, 1939 - MGM - 2 reels - MGM Special
©Apr. 14, 1939. Starring Rita Oehmen, Anthony Allan and Benny Rubin.
180. Cousin Wilbur (featured role: Butch)
Apr. 29, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2618 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 13 to 17, 1939. ©May 4, 1939.
Now It Can Be Sold (supporting role)
June 2, 1939 - Columbia - 2 reels - Andy Clyde series
©May 22, 1939. Filmed Jan. 9 to 12, 1939.
182. Dog Daze (small part: Butch aka Honest Butch)
July 1, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2631 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 1 to 5, 1939. ©July 13, 1939.
Career (role: boy with firecracker)
July 7, 1939 - RKO - 80 min. - feature
©July 7, 1939. Starring Anne Shirley, Edward Ellis, Samuel S. Hinds, Janet Beecher and Leon Errol.
183. Auto Antics (featured role: Butch)
July 22, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2632 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 15 to 19, 1939. ©July 26, 1939.
Five Little Peppers And How They Grew (featured role: Joey Pepper)
Aug. 22, 1939 - Columbia - 6 reels - Five Little Peppers feature
Filmed in July 1939. ©Aug. 24, 1939. Tommy sings "Happy Birthday To You," along with Edith Fellows, Charles Peck, Jimmy Leake and Dorothy Anne Seese.
184. Captain Spanky's Show Boat (featured role: Butch)
Sep. 9, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2640 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 19 to 23, 1939. ©Sep. 6, 1939.
Static In The Attic (role: Tommy Catlett)
Sep. 22, 1939 - Columbia - 2 reels - Walter Catlett series
©Sep. 14, 1939. Filmed Mar. 21 to 24, 1939.
Let's Talk Turkey (role: Little Otto)
Oct. 28, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - Pete Smith Specialty
©Oct. 11, 1939.

1940

Five Little Peppers At Home (featured role: Joey Pepper)
Feb. 8, 1940 - Columbia - 7 reels - Five Little Peppers feature
Filming in Jan. 1940. ©Feb. 4, 1940. Tommy sings "Be Firm And Be Faithful," along with Rex Evans and Edith Fellows.
188. Bubbling Troubles (small part: Butch aka Butchy)
May 25, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2668 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 8 to 17, 1939. ©May 29, 1940.
Out West With The Peppers (featured role: Joey Pepper)
June 30, 1940 - Columbia - 6 reels - Five Little Peppers feature
©June 29, 1940.
Five Little Peppers In Trouble (featured role: Joey Pepper)
Sep. 1, 1940 - Columbia - 7 reels - Five Little Peppers feature
©Aug. 24, 1940.
A Little Bit Of Heaven (small part: Jerry)
Oct. 11, 1940 - Universal - 10 reels - Gloria Jean feature
Filmed in July 1940. ©Oct. 15, 1940.

1941

Adventure In Washington (small part: Peewee Haynes)
May 29, 1941 - Columbia - 10 reels - feature
Filmed in Feb. 1941. ©May 30, 1941. Starring Herbert Marshall and Virginia Bruce.
New York Town (small part: Willie)
Oct. 31, 1941 - Paramount - 8 reels - feature
©Oct. 31, 1941. Starring Fred MacMurray, Mary Martin and Robert Preston.

1942


1943

This Land Is Mine (role: pug-nosed school bully)
May 7, 1943 - Renoir-Nichols/RKO - 103 min. - Charles Laughton & Maureen O'Hara feature
©Apr. 5, 1943.

1944

Man From Frisco (supporting role: Russ Kennedy)
prem. May 1944 - Republic - 10 reels - Michael O'Shea & Anne Shirley feature
©Apr. 17, 1944. Earliest verified screening: May 17, 1944. Released June 15, 1944. This was Tommy's favorite film that he did.

1945

Twice Blessed (small part: Horace)
May 31, 1945 - MGM - 8 reels - feature
©May 29, 1945. Starring Preston Foster, Gail Patrick and The Wilde Twins.
The Beautiful Cheat (small part: Jimmy)
July 20, 1945 - Universal - 59 min. - Bonita Granville & Noah Beery, Jr. feature
©July 27, 1945.

1946


1947

Gas House Kids Go West (featured role: Chimp)
July 1947 - PRC - 62 min. - Gas House Kids feature
Filmed in April 1947. ©June 28, 1947. Release date published as June 12, 1947, but earliest verified screening was July 20, 1947. Also featuring Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer.
In Hollywood (featured role: Chimp)
Sep. 1947 - PRC - 62 min. - Gas House Kids feature
Filmed in May 1947. Release date published as Aug. 23, 1947, but earliest verified screening was Sep. 3, 1947. ©Sep. 8, 1947 as The Gas House Kids In Hollywood. Also featuring Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer. The opening title card puts quotations around the words "In Hollywood." The film is usually referred to by its copyright title. Working titles: It's Moider! and Help, Moider, Police.

1948

Big Town Scandal (supporting role: Waldo "Dum Dum" Riggs)
prem. Apr. 1948 - Pine-Thomas/Paramount - 7 reels - feature
Filmed in June/July 1947. Earliest verified screening Apr. 20, 1948. Released May 27, 1948. ©July 30, 1948. Reissued as Underworld Scandal. Starring Philip Reed and Hillary Brooke. Also featuring Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer.
Superman chapter 1: Superman Comes To Earth (small part: Jimmy Olsen)
prem. July 2, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©July 15, 1948. Released July 15, 1948.
Superman chapter 2: Depths Of The Earth (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
prem. July 2, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©July 22, 1948. Released July 22, 1948.
Superman chapter 3: The Reducer Ray (small part: Jimmy Olsen)
July 29, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©July 29, 1948.
Superman chapter 4: Man Of Steel (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Aug. 5, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Aug. 5, 1948.
Superman chapter 5: A Job For Superman! (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Aug. 12, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Aug. 12, 1948.
Superman chapter 6: Superman In Danger! (small part: Jimmy Olsen)
Aug. 19, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©July 15, 1948.
Superman chapter 7: Into The Electric Furnace! (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Aug. 26, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Aug. 26, 1948.
Superman chapter 8: Superman To The Rescue (small part: Jimmy Olsen)
Sep. 2, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©July 15, 1948.
Superman chapter 9: Irresistible Force! (small part: Jimmy Olsen)
Sep. 9, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©July 15, 1948.
Superman chapter 10: Between Two Fires (featured role: Jimmy Olsen)
Sep. 16, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Sep. 6, 1948.
Superman chapter 11: Superman's Dilemma (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Sep. 23, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Sep. 6, 1948.
Superman chapter 12: Blast In The Depths (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Sep. 30, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Sep. 6, 1948.
Superman chapter 13: Hurled To Destruction (featured role: Jimmy Olsen)
Oct. 7, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Sep. 27, 1948.
Superman chapter 14: Superman At Bay (featured role: Jimmy Olsen)
Oct. 14, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Sep. 20, 1948.
Superman chapter 15: The Payoff (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Oct. 21, 1948 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Oct. 5, 1948.

1949

The Lucky Stiff (small part: newsboy)
prem. Jan. 22, 1949 - Amusement Enterprises/UA - 99 min. - feature
©Feb. 11, 1949. Released May 26, 1949. Starring Dorothy Lamour, Brian Donlevy and Claire Trevor.
Any Number Can Play (small part: Mike)
prem. June 30, 1949 - MGM - 112 min. - Clark Gable & Alexis Smith feature
©May 25, 1949. Released July 15, 1949.
Intruder In The Dust (undetermined minor role)
prem. Oct. 10, 1949 - MGM - 87 min. - feature
©Sep. 27, 1949. Starring David Brian, Claude Jarman, Jr., and Juano Hernandez.
Tokyo Joe (small part: fingerprint sergeant)
prem. Oct. 26, 1949 - Santana/Columbia - 88 min. - Humphrey Bogart feature
©Nov. 1, 1949. Released in November 1949.
Battleground (small part: runner)
prem. Nov. 9, 1949 - MGM - 118 min. - feature
©Oct. 19, 1949. Released Jan. 20, 1950. Starring Van Johnson, Joan Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy. Also featuring Scotty Beckett.

1950

Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 1: Superman Flies Again (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
prem. June 24, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
Filmed started by Feb. 1, 1950. Released July 20, 1950. ©July 19, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 2: Atom Man Appears! (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
prem. June 24, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©July 26, 1950. Released July 27, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 3: Ablaze In The Sky! (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Aug. 3, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©July 3, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 4: Superman Meets Atom Man! (small part: Jimmy Olsen)
Aug. 10, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©July 7, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 5: Atom Man Tricks Superman (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Aug. 17, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©July 18, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 6: Atom Man's Challenge (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Aug. 24, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©July 24, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 7: At The Mercy Of Atom Man! (small part: Jimmy Olsen)
Aug. 31, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Aug. 8, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 8: Into The Empty Doom! (featured role: Jimmy Olsen)
Sep. 7, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Aug. 8, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 9: Superman Crashes Through! (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Sep. 14, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Aug. 15, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 10: Atom Man's Heat Ray (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Sep. 21, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Aug. 22, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 11: Luthor's Strategy (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Sep. 28, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Aug. 22, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 12: Atom Man Strikes! (small part: Jimmy Olsen)
Oct. 5, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Sep. 5, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 13: Atom Man's Flying Saucers (small part: Jimmy Olsen)
Oct. 12, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Sep. 13, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 14: Rocket Of Vengeance (supporting role: Jimmy Olsen)
Oct. 19, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
©Sep. 19, 1950.
Hot Rod (role: Jack Blodgett)
Oct. 22, 1950 - Monogram - 61 min. - James Lydon feature
©Oct. 22, 1950.
Atom Man Vs. Superman chapter 15: Superman Saves The Universe (small part: Jimmy Olsen)
Oct. 26, 1950 - Katzman/Columbia - 2 reels - Superman serial
Filming finished by mid-Apr. 1950. ©Sep. 26, 1950.

1951

Call Me Mister (small part: little soldier)
prem. Jan. 31, 1951 - 20th Century-Fox - 96 min. - Betty Grable & Dan Dailey feature
©Jan. 31, 1951. Also starring Danny Thomas. Filmed in Technicolor.
Bedtime For Bonzo (small part: student reading newspaper)
prem. Feb. 15, 1951 - Universal-International - 83 min. - Ronald Reagan & Diana Lynn feature
©Jan. 9, 1951. Released Apr. 5, 1951.
Guest Book episode: Let's Go To College (co-director)
Apr. 10, 1951 - LASC/KFI-TV - 60 min. - TV special
Local program. Musical comedy performed by students of Los Angeles State College. Tommy directed this 15-minute segment of the episode along with Mme. Ethel Leginska.
You Asked For It (stage hand)
1951 to 1959 - ABC - 30 min. - TV series
The debut of this show took place prior to Tommy's arrival at KTTV. The final episode was aired on Sep. 27, 1959, while Tommy was still working there.
Range Riders Movie Roundup (stage hand)
1951 to 1952 - KTTV - 90 min. - TV series
Local program in Los Angeles. Hosted by Walkin' Charlie Aldridge, it appears to be a program that screened western features. The show already existed prior to Tommy's involvement, and appears to have lasted until March 1952.
The Dude Martin Show (stage hand)
Sep. 12, 1951, to Jan. 6, 1954 - KTTV - 60 min. - TV series
Local program out of Los Angeles. It was replaced by a weekday show, which lasted at least into 1955, though I don't know if Tommy worked on that version.

1952

Your Jeweler's Showcase episode: Like The Rich People (undetermined role)
Nov. 11, 1952 - Flamingo-Screen Associates-Soverign/CBS - 3 reels - TV episode
©Jan. 27, 1952 (in notice: 1951).

1953


1955

MGM Parade episode (archival)
Nov. 23, 1955 - MGM/ABC - 30 min. - TV episode
Includes footage from "Let's Talk Turkey."

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1963

The Danny Kaye Show (stage manager)
Sep. 25, 1963, to June 7, 1967 - Dena/CBS - 60 min. - TV series

1964


1965

Winchell-Mahoney Time (prop manager)
1965 to 1968 - Metromedia - 60 min. - TV series
Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade episode: Journey To Bethlehem (producer/director)
Dec. 24, 1965 - Emanuel Lutheran Church/KTTV - 60 min. - TV episode
Credited as Thomas Bond. This Christmas pageant was repeated Dec. 25, 1965, as part of Ralph Williams' Saturday morning program.

1967

The Danny Thomas Hour (prop manager)
Sep. 11, 1967, to June 3, 1968 - Thomas-Spelling/NBC - 60 min. - TV series
The Fresno Bee of April 27, 1989 stated: "Tommy Bond remembered working on a series of Danny Thomas variety specials during the 1960s." This series seems to fit the bill.
The Carol Burnett Show (assistant director/prop manager)
starting Sep. 11, 1967 - Burngood/Banner/CBS - 60 min. - TV series
Presumably, Tommy's involvement with this series ended when he left Metromedia circa 1972.

1968

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (assistant director/prop manager)
Jan. 22, 1968, to Mar. 12, 1973 - Schlatter-Friendly/Romart/NBC - 60 min. - TV series

1969

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (assistant director)
Jan. 29, 1969, to June 13, 1972 - Glenco/CBS - 60 min. - TV series
Jimmy Durante Presents The Lennon Sisters Hour (assistant director)
Sep. 26, 1969, to July 4, 1970 - Maryco/ABC - 60 min. - TV series

1970

The David Frost Show episode (property manager)
May 18, 1970 - Group W - 90 min. - TV episode
Jack Benny was the guest on this show. A photo in Tommy's book reveals his involvement behind the scenes. It isn't clear how often he worked on the Frost program.

1971

Pillsbury's Magic Circus (assistant director)
1971 to 1973 - 60 min. - TV specials
Six of these specials aired.
The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour (property manager)
starting Aug. 1, 1971 - Blye-Bearde/Sun Joe/Humbug/CBS - 60 min. - TV special
Tommy's involvement with this show would have presumably ended when he left KTTV circa 1972.
The Love Machine (property manager/small part: stagehand)
prem. Aug. 6, 1971 - Sujac/Columbia - 108 min. - feature
Released Aug. 27, 1971. Starring Dyan Cannon, Robert Ryan and Jackie Cooper. Filmed in Eastmancolor.
Soul Train (assistant director)
Starting 1971 - Cornelius - 60 min. - TV series
Shooting switched to Metromedia during this year, so presumably Tommy got involved at this point, and remained on the crew until his departure from Metromedia circa 1972.

1972


1973


1974

Tony Orlando And Dawn (property manager)
July 4, 1974, to Dec. 28, 1976 - Ilson-Chambers/CBS - 60 min. - TV series

1975

The Little Rascals Family Theater episode (appearance)
Circa 1975. During this year (by the end of May), The Little Rascals Family Theater debuted in sydication. It was hosted by Jackie Lynn Taylor and her husband, Jack Fries, and featured Little Rascals episodes interspersed with interview segments. It was still airing in the early 1980s, but this was after it had ceased production. At least one of the episodes was co-hosted by Tommy, but it appears that he may have been involved with several. As he said in his 1994 book: "After a period of time, she came and interviewed me, and used clips of the interview on her show...Again I heard nothing from her for years. Her next call was an invitation to participate in a new series she was putting together for a Reno station. It would consist of nineteen shows...'We could do the outside stuff at your ranch and then we'll go to Reno and tape the studio stuff there,' she said. 'It'll air in Reno.' That sounded okay to me. They came down, we taped all the exteriors, and three weeks later she asked me to bring my family to Reno. Polly, Butch, and I went, and over a week's time I helped her with ten shows in a recreated Clubhouse."

1976


1977


1978

Rascal Dazzle (archival)
1978 - King World/Picture Scores - 93 min. - documentary feature
©1978. Seems to have debuted on TV, followed by a theatrical release in late 1979. Includes footage from "Mush And Milk," "Hi'-Neighbor!" "For Pete's Sake!" "Mike Fright," "Washee Ironee" and "Rushin' Ballet."

1979


1980


1981


1982


1983

Clingon's Junction (director)
prem. Feb. 1983 - Bond - TV pilot

1984

Our Gang: Inside The Clubhouse (interview appearance/archival)
May 8, 1984 - Lang/Camellia City Telecasters - 93 mins. - TV documentary
Tommy was interviewed for this documentary. Includes footage from "Mush And Milk," "Hi'-Neighbor!" "For Pete's Sake!" "Mike Fright," "Glove Taps," "Rushin' Ballet," "Framing Youth" and "The Little Ranger," as well as footage taken at the 1980 Our Gang reunion.

1985


1986

The Laurel And Hardy Show episode (archival)
1986 - RHI/CBN - TV episode
Includes footage from "Block-Heads."

1987


1988

Superman 50th Anniversary: A Celebration Of The Man Of Steel (acknowledgment)
Feb. 19, 1988 - Guber-Peters/CBS - 60 min. - TV special

1989

3rd Degree! (stage manager)
Sep. 11, 1989, to June 8, 1990 - Kline & Friend/Burt & Bert - 30 min. - TV series.
Syndicated program.

1990


1991


1992


1993


1994

The Our Gang Story (archival)
1994 - Film Shows/GoodTimes - 120 min. - video documentary
Includes footage from "The Kid From Borneo," "Hi'-Neighbor!" "Glove Taps," "The Gas House Kids In Hollywood" and a trailer for the 1948 "Superman" serial.
CBS This Morning episode (appearance)
July 12, 1994 - CBS - 120 min. - TV episode
Good Morning America episode (appearance)
Aug. 1, 1994 - ABC - 120 min. - TV episode
Also appearing were the cast members of "The Little Rascals," the new feature film that revamped the original series.
Live At Five episode (appearance)
Aug. 1, 1994 - WNBC-TV - 60 min. - TV episode
Local program in New York.
Late Night With Conan O'Brien episode (appearance)
Aug. 3, 1994 - NBC - 60 min. - TV episode

1995

Music City Tonight episode (appearance)
Feb. 15, 1995 - TNN - 90 min. - TV episode

1996


1997


1998


1999

E! Mysteries & Scandals episode: Alfalfa And The Gang (interview appearance)
Jan. 4, 1999 - E! Entertainment - 30 min. - TV episode

2000

E! Mysteries & Scandals episode: The Little Rascal: Stymie (interview appearance)
Apr. 24, 2000 - E! Entertainment Television - 30 min. - TV episode

2001

Headliners & Legends With Matt Lauer episode: Robert Blake (interview appearance)
Aug. 8, 2001 - MSNBC - 60 min. - TV episode

2002

Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (appearance)
Feb. 5, 2002 - Jones/TCM - 89 min. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "Hi'-Neighbor!"
E! True Hollywood Story episode: Curse Of The Little Rascals (interview appearance)
Nov. 24, 2002 - E! Entertainment Television - 60 min. - TV documentary

2003


2004

Bob's Night Out (executive producer/role: crazy neighbor)
2004 - American Mutoscope & Biograph - 120 min. - feature
Directed by Thomas R. Bond II. If this film did indeed come out in 2004, then its released was delayed for quite a while, as shooting was apparently finished in 1994.
The Rascals (host)
2004 - American Mutoscope & Biograph - 60 min. - video documentary
Directed by Thomas R. Bond II.

2005

  • Around June, Tommy attended the Hollywood Collectors Show in Burbank, along with Porky Lee.

2014

  • On March 25th of this year, a feature film called "The Little Rascals Save The Day" was released. Among the characters was Butch, played this time by Chase Vacin.

Tommy Bond's payroll history

The following is a list of most of Tommy's history at the Roach studio, with the amounts he was making from week to week. The dates given are Saturdays, the last day of each week at the studio. The only exceptions would be Saturdays that were also holidays, in which case the Friday date is used for those weeks. Occasionally, Tommy is listed in the ledgers as Tommie Bond.

  • Dec. 17, 1932 - 60.00 charged to prod. G14 (Forgotten Babies)
     The shooting for this film had finished the previous week, with no mention of Tommy in the ledger, even though the other older kids, like Dave Holt and John Collum, are duly mentioned. This is an odd situation until we look at his weekly rate. His starting salary was $50 a week while filming was going on, and $10 during dormant periods. During this week, he made $60, which would cover both weeks.
  • Dec. 24, 1932 - 10.00 charged to prod. G14
  • Dec. 31, 1932 - 10.00 charged to prod. G14
  • Jan. 7, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G14
  • Jan. 14, 1933 - 50.00 charged to prod. G15 (The Kid From Borneo)
  • Jan. 21, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G15
  • Jan. 28, 1933 - 50.00 charged to prod. G16 (Mush And Milk)
  • Feb. 4, 1933 - 50.00 charged to prod. G16
  • Feb. 11, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G16
  • Feb. 18, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G16
  • Feb. 25, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G16
  • Mar. 4, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G16
  • Mar. 11, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G16
  • Mar. 18, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G16
  • Mar. 25, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17 (Bedtime Worries)
  • Apr. 1, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • Apr. 8, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • Apr. 15, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • Apr. 22, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • Apr. 29, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • May 6, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • May 13, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • May 20, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • May 27, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • June 3, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • June 10, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • June 17, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • June 24, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G17
  • July 1, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G18 (Wild Poses)
  • July 8, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G18
  • July 15, 1933 - 50.00 charged to prod. A17 (Beauty And The Bus)
  • July 22, 1933 - 50.00 charged to prod. G17
  • July 29, 1933 - 50.00 charged to prod. G17
  • Aug. 5, 1933 - 50.00 charged to prod. G17
  • Aug. 12, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G18
  • Aug. 19, 1933 - 50.00 charged to prod. G18
  • Aug. 26, 1933 - 50.00 charged to prod. G18
  • Sep. 2, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G18
  • Sep. 9, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G19 (Hi'-Neighbor!)
  • Sep. 16, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G19
  • Sep. 23, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G19
  • Sep. 30, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G19
  • Oct. 7, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G19
  • Oct. 14, 1933 - 10.00 charged to prod. G19
  • Oct. 21, 1933 - 50.00 charged to prod. C20 (The Cracked Iceman)

After this, Tommy disappears from the ledgers for twelve weeks. The Our Gang unit seems to have shut down while Spanky was busy working in "Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen" (with a further delay caused by his case of whooping cough), and apparently Tommy's contract was replaced by a series of one-picture deals.

  • Jan. 20, 1934 - 100.00 charged to prod. C22 (I'll Take Vanilla)
     Strangely, as filming finally began this week on the new Our Gang film, Tommy was busy elsewhere on the lot working with Charley Chase.
  • Jan. 27, 1934 - 75.00 charged to prod. G19
  • Feb. 3, 1934 - 25.00 charged to prod. G19

After this, it would be about three weeks before Tommy returned to the studio.

  • Feb. 24, 1934 - 25.00 charged to prod. G20 (For Pete's Sake!)
     Filming for G20 started on the 23rd, so apparently Tommy was absent on the 23rd and 24th, resulting in the lower rate.
  • Mar. 3, 1934 - 62.50 charged to prod. G20
     This rate implies that Tommy worked only five of the six shooting dates during this week, though why he wouldn't have gotten the lower rate on the sixth day is not clear.

After this, it would be two weeks before Tommy returned to the studio.

  • Mar. 24, 1934 - 75.00 charged to prod. G21 (The First Round-Up)

This time, about a week passed before Tommy returned to the studio.

  • Apr. 7, 1934 - 75.00 charged to prod. G22 (Honky-Donkey)

After this, about seven weeks passed before Tommy returned to the studio.

  • June 2, 1934 - 62.50 charged to prod. G23 (Mike Fright)
     Tommy was paid for five days during this week. This would have been due to the Decoration Day holiday.
  • June 9, 1934 - 50.00 charged to prod. G23
     With the shooting of G23 finishing on the 7th, this amount reflects four days' worth of work.

After this, Tommy went six weeks without a paycheck from the studio.

  • July 28, 1934 - prod. E2 (Nosed Out)
     Tommy still hadn't rejoined the Our Gang unit at this point, but he was back at the Roach studio on July 23rd, working in an Irvin S. Cobb short.

After this, Tommy went nine more weeks without a paycheck from the studio.

  • Oct. 6, 1934 - 100.00 charged to prod. G24 (Washee Ironee)
  • Oct. 13, 1934 - 16.67 charged to prod. G24
     This amount implies that Tommy only did one day's worth of work during this week.

After this, it would be more than two years before Tommy worked at the Roach studio again. He returned in January 1937 to play the onscreen character "Butch," and would be given one-picture deals for each appearance. I haven't researched the Roach payroll ledgers for 1937 or 1938, but can nevertheless give some details about Tommy's involvement during those years:

  • Jan. 11 to 30, 1937 - 150.00 a week charged to prod. K6 (Glove Taps)
     Tommy initially worked on the 11th and 12th. After this, Spanky fell ill, delaying production until the 25th, with Tommy working six days in a row starting on that date.
  • Mar. 9 to 13, 1937 - 200.00 a week charged to prod. K9 (Rushin' Ballet)
  • July 26 to Aug. 2, 1937 - 250.00 a week charged to prod. K12 (Fishy Tales)
     Tommy only worked up until July 30th on this one.
  • Aug. 19 to 25, 1937 - 250.00 a week charged to prod. K13 (Framing Youth)
     Tommy only worked up until Aug. 24th on this one.
  • Feb. 21 to 25, 1938 - prod. K19 (Came The Brawn)
     Tommy started on the 22nd.

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