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Feature on George Noisom

KPRC-TV

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  •  In an attempt to get her children into show business, George Noisom’s mother Helen gave him and his two siblings theatrical nicknames. George’s was Bubbles. His sisters were Pluma DeVonne and Derry Dee. 
  •  In The Wizard of Oz, Noisom played a winged monkey. He can be spotted in two scenes: in the first, he appears perched atop a window ledge as the Wicked Witch instructs him to kidnap Dorothy, in the second, he is one of two monkeys that flies off with Dorothy after their attack. 
  •  Noisom recounts seeing Mickey Rooney in Three Goats and a Blanket at the Country Dinner Playhouse in Dallas 
 
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This KPRC-TV news segment from the 1970s spotlights George Noisom, a former Hollywood actor and stunt double who was then living near Dallas. Noisom appeared in more than 40 films, including The Wizard of Oz (1939), Citizen Kane (1941), and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). He also played actor Mickey Rooney’s double in the Andy Hardy series. Noisom’s acting career fizzled in the late 1940s, after which he found employment as a swim and dance instructor, photographer, and Rocketdyne factory employee. At the time of this news story, Noisom worked at the Western Electric plant in Mesquite, in addition to operating his own gas station in nearby Ferris. He died on December 31, 2005, at his home in Colorado. Special thanks to Julia Coppedge and Elizabeth Greeves for their help cataloging this film.