Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Traveling Man

I wrote an article about this photograph of Clark Gable stepping out of the "Globe Trotter," entitled Yes It's Who You Think It Is. It was taken by my Grandfather Edward J. Greene. I knew he worked for MGM and had something to do with the "Globe Trotter," but I didn't know what he did for MGM or what exactly the "Globe Trotter" was.

I've also written about the time, as a child, my grandparents came to visit and brought films of the "Little Rascals" for us to watch in our living room. I remember my mother saying that Grandfather was a talent scout and that he had discovered the "Little Rascals." Nothing that I could substantiate - until now.

Recently, my interest was reignited in this aspect of my family history research when I received an email from Sherry Stewart of British Columbia. Sherry was in Los Angeles doing research on her father and mother, Russ and Phyllis Stewart, who handled the advance publicity for the "Globe Trotter." Sherry's son had found my article "Mr. Denver Colorado," that contained a photograph of Eddie Carrier. Carrier was a friend of my Grandfather and her parents and the conductor of this interesting group of people. Carrier worked in MGM's Exploitation (Publicity) Division, as did my Grandfather.

Sherry was researching at the Margaret Herrick Library turning the delicate pages of The Distributor, an in-house publication of MGM Studios. She had many photographs of the "Globe Trotter" and the men and women who traveled with it, but could not identify all the people in the photographs. She directed me to her website MGM Movie Train. There on the front page was a photograph containing my Grandfather. Sherry had photographs and articles found during her research at the Herrick Library.

I'm now finishing the research and writing the story. This is an update with some new information. The article and photographs will of course debut here.

Edward Jesse Greene was a member of the crew of the "Globe Trotter." The train traveled from city to city promoting new films and screen testing young hopefuls as potential new stars. The Globe Trotter was billed as "A Motion Picture Studio on Wheels - Complete in every detail!" Newspapers announced its arrival as "The traveling advance agent of MGM's Great Stars and Big Hits of 1932-33."

I also have found a wonderful article that talks about Eddie Carrier having discovered Spanky MacFarland of the "Little Rascals." This is the link I've been pursuing. The pieces are beginning to fall into place. Sherry and I are sharing information and photographs. Thank you, Sherry! If you have any information about these people or the marvelous "Globe Trotter," please contact me.

Stay tuned, it's turning out to be a wonderful story!


Clark Gable by Edward Jesse Greene. Edward Jesse Greene. Print. ca. 1934/35. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2008.

Eddie Carrier and Edward Jesse Greene. Anonymous. Print. 1935. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2008.


Blogger Greta Koehl said...

I look forward to reading the article. (I watched Little Rascals when I was young, and always wanted to be Darla.) I have nominated you for the Kreative Blogger Award, which can be picked up at I know you receive lots of these things, but just for once, I wanted to be the first to nominate you.

November 11, 2009 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

A great teaser for the story. I can hardly wait for the long version.

November 11, 2009 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger rebecca said...

Very exciting stuff! I am a big fan of the Herrick Library -- I spent a whole summer there working for a biographer who had me reading through every day's worth of Variety (on microfilm) from 1929-1931. Even though my eyes felt like they were going to fall out sometimes, the staff there is great and the collections are fanatasic.

November 16, 2009 at 12:01 PM  

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