The Search for Sonny S...
The Search for Sonny Skies
Mickey Rooney's first novel focuses on a subject he surely knows well - a tale about Hollywood and a fabulous child star of the old Hollywood system named Sonny Skies. Sonny won Oscar nominations before he was wearing long pants. He was the world's hottest box-office attraction at sixteen. And at nineteen he was the envy of the world when he bedded and wedded one of filmla...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 314 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by G. K. Hall & Company
(first published November 1994)
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The Search for Sonny Skies by Mickey Rooney was quite fun to read. Rooney parodies his own life as a child star in the life of Sonny Skies. This story is explored within the frame of a modern day pair of documentary film makers searching for the 'real' Sonny Skies. The novel is a bit part farce and a bit part murder mystery. Lots of old Hollywood is brought in as fun filler. The dream sequence near the end is unnecessary and not in the same tone of the rest of the novel. It was odd and jarring....more
Richards is a sleazy ex-alcoholic who got himself into a libel suit at his pornographic magazine, so he's currently out of a job. He spends most of his time meeting with the Backstabbers, his group of poker buddies. One day, his friend gets hold of some old MGM footage, everything from naked ladies flirting with the camera to a little boy's screen test. The screen test interests him, and it takes him on a whirlwind ride. Elle McBrien is a reporter for HMO doing a story on Sonny Skies, the only A...more
I picked this up somewhere on a discount pile (maybe Ocean State?) because it peaked my interest. Written by Mickey Rooney (his only novel?) I did not have a lot of faith that it would be that good. However, after a sluggish start it grew on me and was quite entertaining. The ending did not go where I thought it would and the last chapters have a lot going on. The main character was not easy to warm to but he too grew on me also. The story centers on the life of a child star (which Rooney obviou...more
Mickey Rooney began his show business career as a toddler making his way on stage to steal the applause. He entered the movies not long afterward in the Mickey McGuire series (which prompted him to change his name from Joe Yule Jr. to Mickey Rooney). His talents won him many memorable roles throughout the years and his popularity peaked when he was a teenager when he appeared regularly in the Andy...moreMore about Mickey Rooney...