1984 This Is Your Life Blue Script Book for Mickey Rooney


A unique and very desirable original ‘This Is Your Life’ Blue Book that was the script for the 1984 US television programme and was later presented to the guest, one of the very great legendary stars of Hollywood, none other than Mickey Rooney.

Normally, the big red book would have been presented to him on the 30th of January, 1984, when he starred in the US hit show. However, he also got the blue production version, that has the script for the show and introduces the invited guests. The slightly smaller book is bound in imitation blue leather, with gold block lettering. The inside cover is printed with ‘RALPH EDWARDS PRODUCTIONS – “THIS IS YOUR LIFE” – MICKEY ROONEY – TAPE DATE: MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 1984 – HOSTED BY: JOE CAMPANELLA – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: RALPH EDWARDS – PRODUCER: ANDY FRIENDLY – SUPERVISING PRODUCER: BOB PARKINSON – DIRECTOR: BRUCE GOWER – ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: STEVE PASKAY – WRITER: GEORGE EELLS – RESEARCHER: ALISON GOLD. The guest list includes: Tom Pryor, Jan Rooney, Sidney Miller, Ann Rutherford, Jimmy Cook, Richard Quine, Ruth Webb, Dr William Hornaday and Ann Miller. There follows the script with the famous introduction –“Now I’m going to leave because in just a few moments, our surprise guest will be arriving.”

This Is Your Life was an American reality documentary series broadcast on NBC radio from 1948 to 1952, and on NBC television from 1952 to 1961. It was originally hosted by its creator and producer Ralph Edwards. In the program, the host would surprise guests and then take them through a retrospective of their lives in front of an audience, including appearances by colleagues, friends, and family. Edwards revived the show in 1971–1972, and Joseph Campanella hosted a version in 1983. Edwards returned for some specials in the late 1980s, before his death in 2005.

Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule Jr.; 1920 – 2014) was an American actor, vaudevillian, comedian, producer and radio personality. In a career spanning nine decades and continuing until shortly before his death, he appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era.

At the height of a career that was marked by precipitous declines and raging comebacks, Rooney performed the role of Andy Hardy in a series of 15 films in the 1930s and 1940s that epitomized American family values. A versatile performer, he became a celebrated character actor later in his career. Laurence Olivier once said he considered Rooney "the best there has ever been. Clarence Brown, who directed him in two of his earliest dramatic roles, National Velvet and The Human Comedy, said he was "the closest thing to a genius I ever worked with."

Condition is very good. A chance to own a substantial piece of television and Hollywood cinema history.

Size: 23.5 x 29 x 3 cm (9 ¼ x 11 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches)
Weight: 645 g