Young Mr. Lincoln Perry


The latest edition of Neg Sparkle examines the past through the eyes of the present. Under consideration: “dated attitudes”; “woke culture”; “sand in the vaseline.”


11 Responses to “Young Mr. Lincoln Perry”

  1. ehrenstein47 Says:

    A few years back my husband had Clarence Muse’s long-out-of-print “Way Down South” republished. You can get it here for $12.99

  2. bensondonald Says:

    Perry may have used “Sleep ‘n’ Eat”, but Willie Best also used it and was sometimes billed under that name. Best appeared in an amusing B mystery, “The Smiling Ghost”. He’s introduced more as Chester Morris’s partner than servant (in a failing two-man firm, but still). Once they arrive at mansion full of suspect doings that quietly fades, and after holding up as well as anybody against the title murderer a fadeout scare has Best outrunning a horse. His exit line is something like, “Get out of the way for somebody who knows how to run!”

    I have a small grandniece and find myself fretting over what vintage amusements are acceptable. Do I hold off Looney Tunes until she’s old enough to apply mature perspective? What about things like Asterix, where everybody is a national stereotype and females are either decorative background or pugnacious wives? Or so much classic comedy where ladies are shrews, temptations or trophies, and Woody Allen age gaps are held up as a desirable norm?

    There are plenty of women in my age cohort who grew up with pop culture made by guys for guys, yet didn’t settle into the bovinity it offered as a feminine ideal. Of course, for many that was a result of either an active rebellion or being Wised Up by experience.

    Her mother, a conscientious feminist, shows signs of weakness before cute and pink. Will she someday have to fight a defensive war against Barbie and Cinderella? Or is it the order of things that girls have to learn to call BS on their own?

  3. You are absolutely correct, Willie Best was Sleep ‘n’ Eat. I am confusing my stereotypes.

    Leslie Halliwell descirbed seeing him on TV with Bob Hope long after their thirties heyday, and Hope delivering some scripted bullshit about “We must do another film together,” and Best saying (quoting from long-ago memory and hoping Halliwell got it right in the first place, “Mr. Hope, we don’t do that no more.”

    I think you can, to some considerable extent, share old culture if you’re there to discuss it. The words of an adult in the room carry as much weight as even an impressive entertainment on the TV.

  4. La Faustin Says:

    WAY DOWN SOUTH pounced upon!

    And here are 2 minutes plus of Clarence Muse producing elegance from stereotype, at 20:00:

  5. I always think of Safe in Hell as a good example of Muse’s invention. His character is called Birmingham. The writer likely intended a reference to Alabama, implying a southern accent, but Muse goes the less obvious way and plays him English. True, it’s not a Brummie accent, but it’s a very convincing English, quite posh.

  6. La Faustin Says:

  7. ehrenstein47 Says:

    Stepin Fetchit appears in William Klein’s great documentary “Cassius le Grand” in which he’s seen counseling the young boxer who would become Muhhamed Ali. We don’t hear what he says, but Clay make quite deal of telling everyone that he’s goig to take his counsel, and we see them walking off together for a talk. It obviously helped the future boxing legend a great dea.

  8. Yeah. Willie Best. Someone’s said. Good.

  9. Can’t believe I made that blunder. I used to know all this stuff.

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