Boy


I know they always called him Boy and that was in the screen credits as Boy Anderson but was his name really Boy? or was that a nickname do you think?

reply

I'm quite sure it was a 'nickname;' one Charlie picked up from his beginning, since the Boy's mother died the night he was born and Charlie knew he was the last boy that he would have.

If it's of any interest, I wrote fanfic sequel to this movie when The Boy is 25, and he is still called Boy, but he says his real name is Martin, to be similar to Martha.

reply

It is of interest. Where can one read your effort? This is one of my favorite films and I, too, wonder what may have happened.

reply

I can send the files, if you like, by the private message function here, or else arrange to exchange emails. What I didn't say before about the fanfic, though, is that it's part of the GUNSMOKE fanfic collection that I have written, where some of the characters from SHENANDOAH go west and run across the GS folks in Dodge City. In case you're still interested, I will send a pm.

reply

What ever happened to Phillip Alford (Boy) anyway. Coincidently, he is also in my second favorite movie, To Kill A Mockingbird, and I dont think I've seen him anywhere else since. I remember, I had a huge crush on him the first time I saw Shendoah when I was eleven! Anyone know?

reply

There doesn't seem to be much, if any, info about "whatever happened to" him, but from his own forum here on imdb.com there are a few posts with sites of his fairly recent photos, including:

http://www.geocities.com/eleasar_aldarion/phillip1.jpg
http://mockingbird.chebucto.org/phil.gif

reply

[deleted]



Thanks, cynic2all (great name, that)--outside of a receding hairline, Mr. Alford seems to have weathered forty-plus years quite well. Appreciated the photo tip.

reply

from what I understand, he kind of just dropped away from acting, which is sad, as he was a very fine young actor. He seems to have dropped out of sight after a 1998 documentary on the making of "To Kill a Mockingbird".

reply

I think I had read somewhere that he got out of show business and owned a small bar or nightclub. I want to say it was in Birmingham, but I'm not 100% sure.

reply

"Boy" was a nickname. I saw this at a dinner theatre several years ago and the playbill listed him as "Robert (The Boy) Anderson". I assume that Robert is his real name.

reply

Hooray!! Finally after all these years Boy has a name!! Thanks, Donielle--he does look like a Robert after all, doesn't he!

reply

[deleted]

I have seen this movie more times than I can count--it is one of my all-time favorites. I thought it was mentioned that he hadn't been named because his mother had died and his father couldn't think of a suitable one so just called him "Boy." But, of course, I've been wrong before.

reply

His name is Robert. This is one of my lifelong favorites, and I was so enamored by it I wrote a letter to the producer and he sent me a script. This was about 1968. The script date is 1964. And the script does name him as Robert.

reply

I wrote to the director years ago with some questions regarding the movie. One of his answers was that "Boy" was the only name ever used and that was the way it was written by author James Lee Barrett.

reply

Donielle is quite correct- we are producing the musical "Shenandoah" and the script indeed calls the "boy" character Robert. such a beautiful story....

reply

That is so cool that Boy has a real name. I call my son Boy too, just because I love this movie and it just fits. Remember when Charlie is calling all his sons to see if they want to join the confederates, and who is the last son, the yell "BOY". :)

reply


I just happened to see this film again last week for the first time since 1965. But what struck me more was reading the post about writing the producer in 1968 and receiving a copy of the script. Ah, the good old days!
"May I bone your kipper, Mademoiselle?"

reply

Curiously, I am working on a science fiction story where one of the protagonists is a little girl with no name. Her parents saved the world and then most new parents named their children after them. Foreseeing problems with most persons in a generation sharing the same few names, the government forbid any further naming after them, and decreed that their future children could not be given names, so that nobody would be named after them. People usually refer to her by her titles of honor, and call her "your royal to the third power highness" since her highest rank is king of kings of kings or king to the third power.

reply