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Thread #139762 Message #3208669
Posted By: Chris in Portland
17-Aug-11 - 11:01 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Songs of The Happiness Boys/Jones & Hare
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs by The Happiness Boys/Jones & Hare
Great job, Jim!!
The reference in the great watermelon song is to Thomas Meighan, whose website refers to his involvement with 2 scandals:
"Meighan was involved in some of the more scandalous moments of silent film history; albeit as a helping hand. On October 25, 1916 in New Jersey he was the sole witness to Jack Pickford and Olive Thomas' secretive wedding."
"In March 1923, Douglas Gerrad, in need of help bailing his friend Rudolph Valentino out of jail for bigamy, called up a fellow Irishman named Dan O'Brien who happened to be with Meighan at the time. Meighan barely knew Valentino but put up a large chunk of the bail money, and with the help of June Mathis and George Melford, Valentino was eventually freed. "
Perhaps, the Boys knew of this. There is a great dvd bio of Olive Thomas and her sad end - recommended highly.
Chris in Portland