Our Gang Gets More Ancient
Ad Find Inspires Boxing Gloves (1929) Revisit
Some years back, I put forth the question, Has Our Gang Left The Building?, with reference to TV's once evergreen then/now in deep-freeze (does anyone currently show them?). We sure didn't see that coming in an era where each afternoon and all-day weekends were filled with Roach's Rascals. It dates me badly to even mention the series today. Go to any elementary or high-schooler and clock blank stares for introducing Spanky or Alfalfa to the conversation. Maybe it's a merciful thing so many Our Gangers died before they could be so utterly forgotten. Greenbriar spoke before to creep-out aspect of the Rascals. I'd now call them Dickensian comedies, being much about hardship and plain survival in a cruel Depression world. Did we enjoy them in the 60's for life having changed less since the 30's? There was but thirty year gulf to overcome then ... now it's eighty and then some. Heck, the things might as well have been made during the Civil War. That, in fact, was what I most enjoyed about many of them, especially ones best-labeled "BT" for "barely-talkies." Boxing Gloves was one of these, being hopscotch from crude-recorded dialogue to altogether mute action in the Gang's jerry-built prize ring. Chubby and Joe are fat-boy fighters, their struggle with lines barely audible over chickens clucking in bucolic background. So this is what life was in 1929, I'd think as primitive shorts unspooled on host and singing cowboy Fred Kirby's Saturday-Sunday Rascals show on Channel 3-Charlotte. I salute Boxing Gloves today for coming across the vintage ad at left where BG ran prominent and we get glimpse of rare pressbook art for the two-reeler.