I thought he left the shorts unit in the mid 1940's to direct
features for Columbia, but his last credits (according to the Internet
Movie Database) list a few Hugh Herbert shorts.....then nothing....
Maybe he retired- he was born in 1894.
Also, I watched a documentary about the Little Rascals and how many of those
child actors died tragically also. Like a curse, or something?
There was actually a pretty good rock band here on the east coast called the
Del Lords. Their best known tune was "Get Tough"
He retired to Vista in northern San Diego County, which is where he
died. Imdb--which frequently has birth and death dates for the wrong
person--has the right dates but is wrong in saying he died in
Calabasas (which is in LA County). Rootsweb has his death place as
San Diego County.
Because he was in the San Diego area and not in LA, I don't know that
he was interviewed much during the 1960's by the people seeking out
the old silent and early sound film directors. Also, his son Del Lord
Jr. died at age 53 in 1973, and I don't know if he had any other
As far as I know, the Buster Keaton film for John Deere PARADISE FOR
BUSTER is his last credit, though he may have done more industrial
films, and I think he did a whole lot of feature-film second unit work
throughout his career on which he wasn't credited (though most of that
was probably in the 30's and 40's).
According to the IMDB, "Paradise for Buster" (1952) was 39 minutes long;
directed by Del Lord, and starred Buster Keaton.
It seems a shame that he only directed one Shemp stooge comedy
(Shivering Sherlocks). Not on of my favorite Shemps, but still pretty
And the rest of his Columbia stuff seems to be hidden deep in their
vaults. Those Hugh Herbert/Dudley Dickerson comedies seem like they'd
be pretty funny.
It's amazing to watch Vernon Dent clowning around with Clyde and the Conklins
as the Keystone Kops. By this point, Dent was struggling with failing eyesight
from diabetes... but there he is on live-TV-camera, running and jumping around
in a brief segment in the Sennett style; not to mention that none of these guys
were spring chickens at the time.
That documentary played and catered on all the show-biz rumors and stories of
the past 50 years.
A huge population of kids populated OUR GANG in its 25 years. Take a fairly
small percentage of those names, play up the tragedy in their lives, and the
next thing you know, you have an E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY about murder, drugs,
obesity, cancer, emotional issues, etc..
Compare ALL the kids' lives and deaths, against most cross-sections of society,
and there is little out of the ordinary. The odds and demographics match up
The E! TRUE documentary didn't dwell on the many OUR GANG kids who lived long
and typical lives into their '70s, '80s and '90s. The majority of OUR GANG
falls into this category.
And happily, we have the actors who are still with us... without controversy:
Margaret Kerry (Stooges costar btw), Eugene "Porky" Lee, Jackie Cooper, Mary
Kornman, Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba, Shirley Jean Rickert, Jean Darling, Tommy
"Butch" Bond, Jerry Schatz "Tucker," Sidney "Woim" Kibrick, more...
> And happily, we have the actors who are still with us... without controversy:
> Margaret Kerry (Stooges costar btw), Eugene "Porky" Lee, Jackie Cooper, Mary
Mary died in 1973
> Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba, Shirley Jean Rickert, Jean Darling, Tommy
> "Butch" Bond, Jerry Schatz "Tucker," Sidney "Woim" Kibrick, more...
Those documentaries are more interested in sensationalism than in the charm
and humor that went into the series.
>Subject: Re: What ever happened to Del Lord?
>From: James Neibaur jnei...@wi.rr.com
>Date: 6/4/04 7:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time
>BeAStooge at beas...@aol.comnospam wrote on 6/3/04 11:02 PM:
>> And happily, we have the actors who are still with us... without
>> Margaret Kerry (Stooges costar btw), Eugene "Porky" Lee, Jackie Cooper,
>Mary died in 1973
> Thanks Jim. I meant to type Mildred Kornman, but somehow in the lateness of
> hour, it came out Mary Kornman.
I know Mildred was a model, and is still living, but did she also appear in
the Our Gang films?
There are quite a few still around -- along with those you previously
mentioned -- such as Delmar Watson, Leonard Landy, Junior Jasquar, etc. The
Maltin-Bann book is still the best source, although some of the actors have
died since its publication.
Mildred Kornman, in minor roles, worked alongside her sister Mary in "Our Gang"
starting in 1926. She stayed with the series in minor roles thru OUR GANG
FOLLIES OF 1936.
Mildred has tentatively accepted an invitation to the 2004 SOD Convention in
Columbus, per the Perfect Day Tent's convention website.