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   CaliforniaMama  Friday Jan 24 04:13 PM

January 24, 2014 - Schools Out

I was looking for something entirely different when I happened upon this:



Found it at The Hunting Life.



Sundae  Friday Jan 24 04:30 PM

Is the child on the left from Mars Attacks?
He has an enormous heid.



dkb218  Friday Jan 24 04:40 PM

The Little Rascals! Was one of my favorite shows way back when. Of course I watched the reruns in the 1970's.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Jt3nNbJeA0



Gravdigr  Friday Jan 24 04:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae View Post
Is the child on the left from Mars Attacks?
He has an enormous heid.
Nope, he's from Los Angeles.

(left to right) Stymie, Petey, and Spanky, of "Little Rascals" fame.


CaliforniaMama  Friday Jan 24 04:48 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae View Post
Is the child on the left from Mars Attacks?
He has an enormous heid.
Black Men take over Hollywood!
-a recent magazine cover


Sundae  Friday Jan 24 05:02 PM

I had no idea it was from Little Rascals.
It's a show I'm only aware of through others references.

Live & learn.



CaliforniaMama  Friday Jan 24 05:08 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae View Post
I had no idea it was from Little Rascals.
It's a show I'm only aware of through others references.

Live & learn.
Well, it IS a bit before your time. And mine.


Adak  Friday Jan 24 06:53 PM

The black kid's head isn't huge. In those days (long before MLK and the Civil Rights Act), blacks were frequently given roles and costumes that emphasized some humorous aspect. The hat is filled so it can't settle down on his head, as a normal hat would be worn.

There was a black girl in the show, "Buckwheat" iirc. Anyway, every time she got scared, her hair would fly straight up. That was quite funny.

Interesting factoid: Petey (the dog), was a Pit Bull.



lumberjim  Friday Jan 24 07:25 PM

I thought buckwheat was male. And Pete was just a bull terrier... Not a pit.... Like Spuds Mckenzie



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 24 11:23 PM

That's what I thought, but Wiki says...

Quote:
Billie Thomas first appeared in the 1934 Our Gang shorts For Pete's Sake!, The First Round-Up, and Washee Ironee as a background player. The "Buckwheat" character was a female at this time, portrayed by Our Gang kid Matthew "Stymie" Beard's younger sister Carlena in For Pete's Sake!, and by Willie Mae Walton in three other shorts.

Thomas began appearing as "Buckwheat" with 1935's Mama's Little Pirate. Despite Thomas being a male, the Buckwheat character remained a female—dressed as a Topsy-esque image of the African-American "pickaninny" stereotype with bowed pigtails, a large hand-me-down sweater and oversized boots. After Stymie's departure from the series later in 1935, the Buckwheat character slowly morphed into a boy, first referred to definitively as a "he" in 1936's The Pinch Singer. This is similar to the initial handling of another African-American Our Gang member, Allen "Farina" Hoskins, who worked in the series during the silent and early sound eras.

Despite the change in the Buckwheat character's gender, Billie Thomas's androgynous costuming was not changed until his appearance as a runaway slave in the 1936 Our Gang feature film General Spanky. This new costuming—overalls, striped shirt, oversized shoes, and a large unkempt Afro—was retained for the series proper from late 1936's Pay as You Exit on.



Adak  Saturday Jan 25 11:12 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim View Post
I thought buckwheat was male. And Pete was just a bull terrier... Not a pit.... Like Spuds Mckenzie
Nope. Definitely a Pit.

http://www.cesarsway.com/node/1894

With his trainer, showing off:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6vwl1amjPk


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