Mickey Rooney : Liked Mickey Rooney as Mike Forney in The Bridges At Toko-Ri

Liked Mickey Rooney as Mike Forney in The Bridges At Toko-Ri

One of Mickey Rooney's more obscure roles was that of a noncommissioned officer (actual rank not stated in the movie) helicopter pilot aboard the fictional Essex-class carrier, 'Savo Island' in the movie, THE BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI. There really was a troublesome, enemy-infested mountain range called, Koto-Ri, in northern Korea during the Korean War.

Mickey Rooney was lovable, honest but quarrelsome character as chief petty officer rescue helicopter pilot, Mike Forney, 'the crazy Irishman'. He had a taste for the lovely Japanese ladies in post-war, U.S.-occupied Tokyo, Japan. It was a rare Hollywood initiative to depict an interracial relationship in movies at the time. Mike Forney's sexy Japanese girlfriend is a frequent nightclub goer who likes like clubbing and American servicemen. She dumps Forney for another U.S. Navy noncommissioned officer serving on the Essex. 2000 I can see why Forney liked her. She was very pretty and better looking than the next two Japanese chicks that Forney partied with later. The darked haired, dark-eyed, and white-skinned Japanese beauties of post-war Japan were irresistable to American military servicemen stationed there throughout the 1950s and 60s.

Nonetheless, Mike Forney is a brave man. When the late actor, William Holden's character (the main character), Navy fighter-bomber pilot lieutenant Brubaker, is unfortunately shot down still over enemy terrority, Forney doesn't hesitate to land his unarmored helicopter down in the middle of the surrounding enemy Red Chinese soldiers, only have his helicopter take machine gun fire and be disabled. Forney, his assistant crewman, and lieutenant Brubaker, all die fending off the Red Chinese soldiers. Forney dies when trying to grab an enemy hand grenade, it detonates.

Those are the kind of brave action roles I preferred of Mickey Rooney, to his more well-known vaudeville and comedy roles.