I am a huge fan of movie musicals. I am an unabashed romantic. I adore old movies, and vaudeville. This would make me a natural fan of Mickey Rooney’s work. He was a genuine trooper. He fought hard against his demons and in the end, he won.
Given all that, though, my absolute favorite piece of work by Mr. Rooney, was his star turn in the Twilight Zone episode, Last Night of a Jockey. Sad, lonely, utterly creepy, and all at the same time: