Billy was Billy Barty, one of Hollywood's busiest and best-known Little People. He continued working in show business his entire life and appeared in movies, TV shows, he even had his own Vegas stage act. And I'm guessing you know Mickey became major Hollywood star Mickey Rooney.
As for the shorts, many producers would mix the silent and/or out-of-copyright Little Rascals, Mickey McGuires, and other kid-shorts together. Some of the shorts also appeared on the old American TV kiddie show HOWDY DOODY with host Buffalo Bob narrating them.
These appear to have all been talkies. However, they - along with the aforementioned silents - would sometimes appear in the home movie/video market labeled as Our Gang films. Here's an example from an old home video label called GS&A Video. The four public domain Our Gang talkies are there, and added in are a McGuire short, Charley Chase's "Life Hesitates at 40" (the only Our Gang connection is that Alfalfa just barely appears), and "Who Killed Doc Robbin," one of Roach's attempts at a revival.
The closest I can think of to a Mary Kornman in these films is either Delia Bogard or Betty Jane Graham. Shirley Jean Rickert later replaced Delia in the cast, but none of the descriptions match any of the McGuire films she did.
Last Edit: Dec 17, 2019 20:12:41 GMT -5 by mtw12055
Oh, so he was really tiny for a reason! Didn't realize that. I actually remember when Mickey passed away from some news article. Kinda strange, I didn't know who he was then, or that we had a history together, as entertainer and viewer goes. Just thought "Interesting guy" and his face stuck.
I had to scavenge the Howdy Doody show for traces. No ape man
Yeah! Must have been something like that. And then copied from tape to tape, to end up in my lap and blow my child-mind.
But anyway, thanks guys! You have all been really helpful. Someday I will find this thing for sure. Appreciate ya!