Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Isthmus Be My Lucky Day

When I read Jasia's post on This Is My Lucky Day!, I couldn't help but remember one of my favorite episodes of the Our Gang Comedy Series - Mush and Milk, 05/27/1933.

The kids live in a boarding school, where they're brow-beaten by the ghastly old matron. But in school, they're taught by gentle, lovable Old Cap.

Cap to Uh-Huh: "Uh-Huh, can you use the word "Isthmus" in a sentence?"

Uh-Huh answers: “Uh-huhhhhh…Isthmus be my lucky day!" (John Collum as Uh-Huh (appeared from 1932-1938) – b. 06/29/1926; d. 08/28/1962.)

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I have always been a fan of the Our Gang Series. Our Gang, also known as The Little Rascals, was a long-lived series of American comedy short films about a group of very poor neighborhood children and their adventures together. Hal Roach produced the Our Gang series at the Roach studio starting in 1922 as a silent short subject series. Roach changed distributors from Pathé to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1927, added sound in 1929, and continued producing until 1938 when he sold the series to MGM. MGM continued production of the comedies until 1944.

My Grandfather, Edward Jesse Greene, worked for MGM and I believe had something to do with these charming children. When he and my Grandmother would come to visit my family, he would bring Our Gang reels that had been shown in the theater and turn our living room into a day at the movies.

My mother had always told us that he worked as a talent scout and discovered several of the child actors. (Something I have been unable to prove, but discovered a clue in doing this post.) In searching for a photograph of the "Our Gang" actors, I found a photograph of an "Our Gang" audition. In the photograph is a man who looks a great deal like my Grandfather. The website contains the information as to who owns the photograph. Now I have a clue, the search is on! Wish me luck!

Isthmus Be My Lucky Day!



Blogger Elizabeth O'Neal said...

I used to come home from school and watch "The Little Rascals" everyday. It was still a hit in the 1970's! My fav was Alfalfa, but I do go for the nerdy ones.

Good luck with your new clue! Isn't technology wonderful?!

February 27, 2008 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Becky Wiseman said...

Pretty amazing where clues come from, isn't it? Good luck, hope it works out for you.

February 27, 2008 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Jasia said...

Good luck with your sleuthing, fM! I hope your clue pans out!

Thanks for the mention and the link ((hugs))

February 27, 2008 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Terry Thornton said...

Three good things "Isthmus" be:
To have fM back; to have her posting almost daily;
And to have Maven as part of OUR GANG.

February 27, 2008 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

You never know where blogging will lead you. Good luck following up your clue!

February 28, 2008 at 3:57 PM  

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