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.
By the early part of this year, Kendall began performing around Butte as Baby John McCormack (in reference to the famous tenor). It was no secret that this wasn't
his real name, though the press had a rough time keeping it straight.
On March 8th, Kendall performed at an automobile show at the Winter Garden in Butte.
On March 29th, Kendall performed as an additional attraction between acts of "My Irish Rose" at the Prison Theater in Butte. The local paper misidentified him as
"Master Kendall McCormack, known as Baby John McCormack."
On April 16th, Kendall performed a specialty number in blackface as part of a show called Minstrel Land at the Winter Garden in Butte. The local paper again got his
name wrong, identifying him as "John McComas, better known as Baby John McCormack."
On June 4th and 5th, the Standard Cooking School was held at the Winter Garden in Butte. Kendall performed on both days, as well as at the Movi-Graff Ball at the Winter
Garden on the evening of the 4th. The press misidentified him as "Kenneth McComas."
On June 15th, the Miner-Rex cooking school opened to the public in Butte. According to The Butte Miner: "Music for the opening day will be songs by Kendall
McComas, known as Butte's baby John McCormack. His mother, Mrs. J. H. McComas, will play his accompaniments."
Beginning on November 10th of this year and continuing for three days, the Rialto theater in Butte presented Myrtle Elver's Juvenile Dancers and Entertainers as a special
stage attraction. Kendall performed the song "And Then I Forgot."
On December 21st, the Seal Sale ball was held at the Winter Garden, which was organized by the Butte Anti-Tuberculosis Society. Among the many performers who took part was
"Kendall McComas, Butte's John McCormack."
On December 22nd, Kendall performed at the East Side Neighborhood house in Butte, where the Kiwanians gave Christmas gifts to local children.
On January 11th of this year, Kendall performed at a convention of the Montana Association of Dairy Products Manufacturers.
On January 22nd, Kendall did a "song and dance act" at the 168th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, put on by the Daughters of Scotia at the local Women's
On January 23rd, Kendall performed a song at another Robert Burns celebration, this one held at the local Y.M.C.A.
Beginning February 6th, and continuing for three days, the Rialto in Butte added a special stage attraction. Among the various performers was Kendall, who appeared twice
during the bill, each time singing a song, the first of which was a Scotch number.
On February 26th, a benefit entertainment was given at the K of P Hall, which included Kendall on the bill.
On April 8th, the Butte Exchange club met at the New Finlen Hotel. Several performers were on the entertainment bill. The Anaconda Standard reported: "George
and Kendall McComas, a pair of clever young singers, were forced to respond to a number of encores."
In late April, a "Scholarship tea" was arranged by the women's club of Whitehall, MT. Among the entertainment was "dancing and singing by Wayne and Kendall
Midway through this year, Kendall's family relocated to southern California, where he broke into the movie business. He soon became a recurring player in the Mickey
Mickey's Eleven (small part: one of Mickey's gang)
On January 18th of this year, an evening's entertainment was put on at the National Soldiers' Home in Sawtelle. Featured was Aunt Dolly and her Times Junior Club,
which consisted of 17 different child acts. Among these was a "character song" by Kendall McComas.
Mickey In School (small part: one of Mickey's gang)
On June 29th of this year, circus clown Harry Lipman entertained children at the Orthopedic Hospital School in Los Angeles. He was assisted by numerous stage and screen
children, including Kendall McComas.
Kendall's involvement in the Mickey McGuire series seems to have ended by the end of this year, after which he mainly took small parts in feature films.
Mickey's Great Idea (small part: one of Mickey's gang)
On May 26th, Kendall attended the premiere of "Daddy Long Legs" at the Carthay Circle Theatre.
On September 20th, Kendall was signed to a longterm contract with Hal Roach Studios, starting at $75 a week. Louella Parsons reported on this in her October 1st column,
revealing that his new nickname was "Breezy," and that he was 8 years old.
On October 4th, The Baltimore Sun reported: "Kendall McComas, who played the tough kid in "Merely Mary Ann," which costarred Janet Gaynor and Charles
Farrell, has just been given a contract to appear in Our Gang Comedies by Hal Roach, due to his work in that picture. McComas is 14 years old and attends high school, but for
several years he has been playing 6-year-old characters in pictures." Well, there you have it: an example of entertainment journalism from Hollywood's Golden
Age that's actually accurate.
On October 16th, Kendall's contract was approved in superior court. The Los Angeles Times reported this and correctly revealed his age as 14. A 1935 press release
from the Roach studio came close to the truth when it stated that Kendall was 12 when he joined the Gang.
Reportedly, Kendall had made 54 films before joining Our Gang, so this filmography is almost certainly incomplete.
Usually, Kendall's nickname was reported to be "Breezy," but the Motion Picture Herald of November 7th reported that he would be known as
Daddy Long Legs (small part: Freddie Perkins)
June 5, 1931 - Fox - 9 reels - Janet Gaynor feature
On January 25th of this year, Kendall was signed to a new contract, effective from this date until Sep. 20, 1936.
On May 26th, Kendall's status as a longterm player ended, and he became a day player at the studio.
On August 4th, Kendall worked with the Our Gang unit for the last time.
During August, Our Gang had an endorsement deal with J.C. Penney's Back To School promotion. Newspapers carried information about each Our Gang kid, with this to say about
Kendall: "Breezy (Kendall) McComas is 9 years old; born in Holton, Kansas; grew up at Butte Montana - a typical American boy with light brown hair,
grey eyes and freckles. He has his own amusing brand of slang expressions, 'aw nerts' being his favorite and the one he has made most popular in his pictures. He enjoys
outdoor games but is also very studious, and plans to attend college. He is of a rather shy, retiring nature. He started his public career at Butte in a singing act as 'Baby
John McCormack' at the age of 3."
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
Rascal Dazzle (archival)
1978 - King World/Picture Scores - 93 min. - documentary feature
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."
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.
Sep. 26, 1931 - 25.00 charged to prod. G4 (Readin' And Writin')
Kendall's introduction to the series was as a contract player, but at a reduced rate, since the unit was between films.
Jan. 16, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G7 (Choo-Choo!)
Jan. 23, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G7
Jan. 30, 1932 - 50.00 charged to prod. G7
Feb. 6, 1932 - 50.00 charged to prod. G7
Feb. 13, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G7
Feb. 20, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G7
Feb. 27, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G8 (The Pooch)
Mar. 5, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G8
Mar. 12, 1932 - 50.00 charged to prod. G8
Mar. 19, 1932 - 50.00 charged to prod. G8
Mar. 26, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G8
Apr. 2, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G8
Apr. 9, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G8
Apr. 16, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G9 (Hook And Ladder)
Apr. 23, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G9
Apr. 30, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G9
May 7, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G9
May 14, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G9
May 21, 1932 - 50.00 charged to prod. G9
May 28, 1932 - 58.33 charged to prod. G9
The Our Gang unit worked seven days during this week. At the end of the week, Kendall was given a $41.67 check, which was his last check as a longterm player. He was
also given $8.33 checks on both May 27th and 28th, which brought about a total that was equivalent to working an extra day while under his $50 salary.
After this, it would be three weeks before Kendall worked at the studio again.
July 23, 1932 - 50.00 charged to prod. G10 (Free Wheeling)
Kendall was given $10 checks on July 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd.
July 30, 1932 - 40.00 - 30.00 charged to prod. G10, 10.00 charged to prod. G11 (Birthday Blues)
Kendall was given two separate $10 checks on July 26th, implying that he also worked the previous day, then another $10 check on July 27th. All three of these were
charged to G10. On July 30th, he was given another $10 check, this one charged to G11.
Aug. 6, 1932 - 50.00 charged to prod. G11
Kendall was given two separate $10 checks on Aug. 1st, implying that he also worked on Sunday, July 31st, and then three more $10 checks on Aug. 2nd, 3rd and
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