Although most baby boomers probably remember her either as Timmy’s mother, Ruth on Lassie, or better yet, as Maureen Robinson on Lost in Space, June Lockhart’s amazing career in movies, television, and on Broadway, started long before either of her well-loved television characters were ever conceived by their creators.
The daughter of actors (Canadian-born Gene Lockhart and English-born actress Kathleen Arthur Lockhart), June made her debut as the child, Belinda Cratchit, in the 1938 film, A Christmas Carol, which also starred both her parents (as Bob and Mrs. Cratchit). Less than ten years later, she made her Broadway debut in the comedy, For Love or Money, at the tender age of 22. On opening night, Lockhart got a standing ovation, and at least one critic compared her performance to those of legendary actresses, Helen Hayes and Margaret Sullavan. It was an auspicious performance, and one that was to foreshadow what would become an illustrious and long-running career.
But even before her Broadway debut, and long before her television roles, June Lockhart appeared in a number of movies, including Meet Me in St. Louis, Sergeant York, The Yearling, She-Wolf of London, and the movie, Bury Me Dead, which is being screened this year at the Tenth Annual Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival. The film, which was directed by Bernard Vorhaus is a fast-paced noir tale of murder and obsession that was beautifully lensed by film noir’s finest cinematographer, John Alto. It starred June Lockhart, Cathy O’Donnell and Hugh Beaumont (of Leave it to Beaver fame), and is quite an addition to this year’s festival, as it is rarely screened theatrically in 35mm.
June Lockhart will make a special guest appearance in Palm Springs,
attend the screening of Bury Me Dead, and discuss both the film and her career after the screening. Make plans now to see this rare gem of a film, and to see this legendary actress in person!
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About the Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival: Founded in 2000 by the late mystery author and Palm Springs community leader, Arthur Lyons, the popular Film Noir festival includes an eclectic mixture of prestigious and obscure black and white “B” movies from the classic film noir period. The Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival is presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship