Kendall "Breezy Brisbane" McComas


This filmography was made in collaboration with Matthew Lydick.


name: Kendall McComas
professional nickname: "Breezy" or "Breezy Brisbane"
later non-show business name: John Mandy
born Oct. 29, 1916, in Holton, KS
died Oct. 15, 1981, in Lake Isabella, CA, of suicide


Special note: Kendall's family lived in Holton for only a few days after his birth, relocating to Butte, MT. His adult height was five feet, which meant that even as a teenager, he was able to continue playing little boys. In fact, the desire to keep winning such roles led him to take up smoking at a young age in order to stunt his growth.


1925


1926


1927

Mickey's Eleven (small part: one of Mickey's gang)
Nov. 7, 1927 - Darmour/Standard Photoplay/FBO - 2 reels - Mickey McGuire series
©Nov. 7, 1927.

1928

Mickey In School (small part: one of Mickey's gang)
Feb. 6, 1928 - Darmour/Standard Photoplay/FBO - 2 reels - Mickey McGuire series
©Jan. 30, 1928.
Mickey's Wild West (small part: one of Mickey's gang)
May 7, 1928 - Darmour/Standard Photoplay/FBO - 2 reels - Mickey McGuire series
©May 7, 1928.
Home Meal (small part: one of the children)
June 11, 1928 - Standard Photoplay/FBO - 2 reels - Al Cooke series
Mickey's Movies (small part: one of Mickey's gang)
Sep. 2, 1928 - Darmour/Standard Photoplay/FBO - 2 reels - Mickey McGuire series
©Sep. 2, 1928.
Mickey's Rivals (small part: one of Mickey's gang)
Sep. 30, 1928 - Darmour/Standard Photoplay/FBO - 2 reels - Mickey McGuire series
©Sep. 30, 1928.
Mickey The Detective (supporting role: one of Mickey's gang)
Oct. 28, 1928 - Darmour/Standard Photoplay/FBO - 2 reels - Mickey McGuire series
©Oct. 28, 1928.
Mickey's Athletes (supporting role: one of Mickey's gang)
Nov. 25, 1928 - Darmour/Standard Photoplay/FBO - 2 reels - Mickey McGuire series
©Nov. 25, 1928.

1929

Mickey's Great Idea (small part: one of Mickey's gang)
Jan. 30, 1929 - Darmour/Standard Photoplay/FBO - 2 reels - Mickey McGuire series
©Jan. 14, 1929.
Papa Spank (undetermined role)
Feb. 2, 1929 - Christie/Paramount - 2 reels - Christie Comedy with Jack Duffy
©Feb. 1, 1929.
Watch My Smoke (undetermined role)
Apr. 7, 1929 - Van Beuren/Pathé - 2 reels - Smitty series
©Mar. 25, 1929.
Mickey's Northwest Mounted (small part: rodeo ringmaster)
June 9, 1929 - Darmour/Standard Photoplay/RKO - 2 reels - Mickey McGuire series
©June 9, 1929.
Mickey's Midnite Follies (role: Stinky Davis)
Aug. 18, 1929 - Darmour/Standard Photoplay/RKO - 2 reels - Mickey McGuire series
©Aug. 18, 1929.
The Mysterious Island (role: sea creature)
prem. Sep. 14, 1929 - MGM - 10 reels - Technicolor - Lionel Barrymore feature
Released Oct. 5, 1929. ©Oct. 28, 1929. Filmed in 2-strip Technicolor. Kendall was among numerous little people who portrayed various undersea creatures in this film.
Mickey's Surprise (supporting role: Stinky Davis)
Sep. 15, 1929 - Darmour/Standard Photoplay/RKO - 2 reels - Mickey McGuire series
©Sep. 15, 1929.
Mickey's Mix-Up (supporting role: Stinky Davis)
Oct. 13, 1929 - Darmour/Standard Photoplay/RKO - 2 reels - Mickey McGuire series
©Oct. 13, 1929, as Mickey's Mixup.

1930

Baby Follies (performer)
Apr. 12, 1930 - MGM - 2 reels - Technicolor - MGM Colortone series
Credited as Kendall Comas. Filmed in 2-strip Technicolor.
Night Work (bit part: orphan)
Aug. 3, 1930 - Pathé - 9 reels - Eddie Quillan feature
©June 6, 1930.

1931

Daddy Long Legs (small part: Freddie Perkins)
June 5, 1931 - Fox - 9 reels - Janet Gaynor feature
©May 21, 1931.
Merely Mary Ann (role: tough kid)
Sep. 6, 1931 - Fox - 7 reels - Janet Gaynor & Charles Farrell feature
©July 29, 1931.
The Spider (small part: "The Kid")
prem. Sep. 23, 1931 - Fox - 7 reels - Edmund Lowe & Lois Moran feature
©Aug. 8, 1931. Released Sep. 27, 1931.
Arrowsmith (small part: Johnny)
prem. Dec. 7, 1931 - Goldwyn/UA - 11 reels - Ronald Colman feature
Released Dec. 26, 1931. ©Jan. 16, 1932.

1932

111. Readin' And Writin' (lead role: Brisbane aka Breezy)
Jan. 2, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-4 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Feb. 2, 1932. Filmed Sep. 30 to Oct. 10, 1931. ©Dec. 17, 1931.
112. Free Eats (supporting role: Brisbane)
Feb. 13, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-5 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Feb. 18, 1932. Filmed Nov. 6 to 19, 1931. ©Feb. 11, 1932.
113. Spanky (featured role: Brisbane)
Mar. 26, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-6 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 14 to 22, 1931. ©Mar. 29, 1932.
114. Choo-Choo! (supporting role)
May 7, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-7 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 25 to Feb. 4, 1932. ©May 2, 1932.
115. The Pooch (supporting role: Breezy)
June 11, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-8 - Our Gang series
Also listed for June 4, 1932. Filmed Mar. 9 to 17, 1932. ©June 13, 1932.
116. Hook And Ladder (supporting role: Breezy)
Aug. 27, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-9 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 18 to 28, 1932. ©Sep. 14, 1932.
118. Birthday Blues (small part)
Oct. 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-11 - Our Gang series
Listed for both Oct. 1 and Nov. 12, 1932. Filmed July 30 to Aug. 4, 1932. ©Oct. 24, 1932. Earilest verified screening took place on Oct. 14, 1932.
117. Free Wheeling (small part)
Nov. 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-10 - Our Gang series
Listed for both Oct. 1 and Nov. 12, 1932. Filmed July 19 to 27, 1932, with retakes Sep. 3, 1932. ©Nov. 7, 1932. Earliest verified screening took place on Nov. 12, 1932.

1933

Doctor Bull (bit part: schoolboy)
prem. Sep. 1, 1933 - Fox - 8 reels - Will Rogers feature
©Aug. 31, 1933, as Dr. Bull. Released Sep. 22, 1933.
Man's Castle (bit part: Slades)
prem. Nov. 17, 1933 - Columbia - 8 reels - Spencer Tracy & Loretta Young feature
©Nov. 18, 1933. Released Nov. 20, 1933.

1934

You Can't Buy Everything (role: freckled boy)
Jan. 26, 1934 - Cosmopolitan/MGM - 8 reels - May Robson feature
©Jan. 25, 1934.
Chained (role: boy fishing)
Aug. 31, 1934 - MGM - 8 reels - Joan Crawford & Clark Gable feature
©Sep. 1, 1934.
I'll Fix It (bit role: boy)
Nov. 10, 1934 - Columbia - 7 reels - Jack Holt feature
©Sep. 28, 1934.

After this, Kendall seems to have vanished out of the entertainment world. He eventually worked at the U.S. Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, CA, as an electrical engineer. He then became an institutional mortgage-backed bond salesman under the name of John Mandy. He was married and divorced, and wound up committing suicide after an apparent forced retirement.


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 "Readin' And Writin'" "Choo-Choo!" and "Free Wheeling."

1984

Our Gang: Inside The Clubhouse (archival)
May 8, 1984 - Lang/Camellia City Telecasters - 93 mins. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "Readin' And Writin'," "Free Eats," "Hook And Ladder" and "Free Wheeling."

2002

Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (appearance)
Feb. 5, 2002 - Jones/TCM - 89 min. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "The Pooch."

Kendall McComas's payroll history

The following is a list of Kendall'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.

After this, it would be three weeks before Kendall worked at the studio again.


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© Robert Demoss and Matthew Lydick.


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