Mickey Mouse Club
Although Bobby Crawford Jr. was not a regular Mouseketeers, he did receive his honorary Mouseketeer ears on the Talent Day Roundup
When he was five, he made his Hollywood theatrical debut in the Sartu Theatre's presentation of "Mr. Belvedere," and in 1955 he became one of the original Mouseketeers in Walt Disney's Club. His selection was due in large part to the fencing finesse he displayed. Johnny's father, Robert Crawford, an amateur fencing champion, had seen to it that his son received tutoring in fencing under Ralph Faulkner before anything else.
From a magazine article "The Story of my Life by Johnny Crawford"
When I was eight we moved to the house in the Hollywood hills where we still live. With a new house came lots of new things – including my official entrance into show business.
That started when our Sunday school teacher, who also happen to be an agent, ask Mom & Dad if he could take
Bobby and me as clients. We thought it was a dandy idea. We strutted around the house talking about all the fabulous things we’d do when we we’re a great big movie stars. It didn’t take us long to discover bet you only become a star “overnight” in the movie magazines! For a solid year ─ from 1954 to 1955 ─ we went to interviews and didn’t get one part.
We were just about ready to give up when are fencing teacher heard that Walt Disney was auditioning all kinds of talent for the new Mickey Mouse Club ─ so off we went.
They liked our fencing, but they wanted us to do something else. I was a pretty confident kid then, so I piped up, “I can sing too!” The casting director, a kindly lady, beamed and asks what song I wanted to do. I thought quickly and came up with Johnny Ray’s Cry, which was very popular then. Then the man at the piano asked me what key I wanted. That floored me ─ I thought keys were something you opened up the door with ─ but I buffed it. I pretended not to hear and started my song. I guess I did a convincing enough imitation, because we were both signed.
Johnny's impression of Johnnie Ray helped him get chosen on of the 24 Mouseketeers in 1955.
I was a Mouseketeer for just six months and they dropped my contract. It was the darkest moment of my career ─ I was nine years old and a has-been!
I wish to thank the Original MMC Home for all the really neat pictures!
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