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The 30-minute educational series was telecast on NBC in 1961-62, opening with this theme song, Wonder what itll be today. What excitement is on its way and you can find out just by saying. Each episode had a theme and was narrated by Thomas, the show established that adult and child were on an equal footing, sometimes with the child in a superior position. For example, in a show with a theme of cinematic special effects, although Richard explains it is only a special effect, Lescoulie remains concerned. In the narration, Richard observes, Jack was getting worried about the arrow, during the Halloween weekend of 1961, Zacherley appeared for an episode exploring haunted houses. The show was produced by NBC Public Affairs,1,2,3 Go. at the Internet Movie Database
One, Two, Three, Go!
One, Two, Three, Go. is the third international single and fourth single in Mexico from Belanovas third studio album, Fantasía Pop. The song was announced as a single by Universal Music México in mid-April 2008 and was sent out to radio stations in México on May 12,2008. It was also featured as the free Single of the Week on iTunes for the week of July 28,2008, the music video won an MTV Award at Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2008 for Video of the Year. The music video was filmed on June 7,2008 in Mexico City, the video features the members of Belanova judging a talent competition, in which they also play the contestants. The music video premiered on June 24,2008 on Telehit, MTV and Exa TV
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is an American media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of feature films and television programs. Its headquarters are in Beverly Hills, California and it is one of the worlds oldest film studios. In 1971, it was announced that MGM would merge with 20th Century Fox, over the next thirty-nine years, the studio was bought and sold at various points in its history until, on November 3,2010, MGM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. MGM Resorts International, a Las Vegas-based hotel and casino company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MGM, is not currently affiliated with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In 1966, MGM was sold to Canadian investor Edgar Bronfman Sr. whose son Edgar Jr. would later buy Universal Studios, the studio continued to produce five to six films a year that were released through other studios, mostly United Artists. Kerkorian did, however, commit to increased production and a film library when he bought United Artists in 1981. MGM ramped up production, as well as keeping production going at UA. It also incurred significant amounts of debt to increase production, the studio took on additional debt as a series of owners took charge in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1986, Ted Turner bought MGM, but a few later, sold the company back to Kerkorian to recoup massive debt. The series of deals left MGM even more heavily in debt, MGM was bought by Pathé Communications in 1990, but Parretti lost control of Pathé and defaulted on the loans used to purchase the studio. The French banking conglomerate Crédit Lyonnais, the major creditor. Even more deeply in debt, MGM was purchased by a joint venture between Kerkorian, producer Frank Mancuso, and Australias Seven Network in 1996, the debt load from these and subsequent business deals negatively affected MGMs ability to survive as an independent motion picture studio. In 1924, movie theater magnate Marcus Loew had a problem and he had bought Metro Pictures Corporation in 1919 for a steady supply of films for his large Loews Theatres chain. With Loews lackluster assortment of Metro films, Loew purchased Goldwyn Pictures in 1924 to improve the quality, however, these purchases created a need for someone to oversee his new Hollywood operations, since longtime assistant Nicholas Schenck was needed in New York headquarters to oversee the 150 theaters. Mayer, Loew addressed the situation by buying Louis B. Mayer Pictures on April 17,1924, Mayer became head of the renamed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with Irving Thalberg as head of production. MGM produced more than 100 feature films in its first two years, in 1925, MGM released the extravagant and successful Ben-Hur, taking a $4.7 million profit that year, its first full year. Marcus Loew died in 1927, and control of Loews passed to Nicholas Schenck, in 1929, William Fox of Fox Film Corporation bought the Loew familys holdings with Schencks assent. Mayer and Thalberg disagreed with the decision, Mayer was active in the California Republican Party and used his political connections to persuade the Justice Department to delay final approval of the deal on antitrust grounds
George Spanky McFarland was an American actor most famous for his appearances as a child in the Our Gang series of short-subject comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. The Our Gang shorts were syndicated to television as The Little Rascals. McFarland was born in Denison, Texas, on October 2,1928 to Virginia Winifred and he had three siblings, Thomas, Amanda, and Roderick. He attended Lancaster High School in Lancaster, TX and this established Sonny early on in the local publics eye as an adorable child model and provided experience before cameras. An invitation for a screen test arrived that spring, leading to his acting career, portions of Spankys screen test are included in a 1932 Our Gang entry, Spanky. McFarlands nickname Spanky is erroneously said to have arisen from warnings by his mother not to misbehave during one of the discussions with Hal Roach in his office. As the story goes, he had a habit of reaching out and grabbing things, while this story has considerable folksy appeal, Spanky himself contradicted the tale, saying that the name was given by a Los Angeles newspaper reporter. The term a spanky child was late 19th century–early 20th century slang for an intelligent, Spanky was an example of such a child in his earliest movies—a toddler who could act—so the name had meaning to the movie-going audience of that era that was lost for later generations. Use of the Spanky name by McFarland for subsequent business or personal activities was expressly granted to McFarland in one of his studio contracts, in later years some family members would affectionately refer to him as Spank. Upon being discovered at age three, he became a key member of the Our Gang childrens comedy movie series. His earliest films show him as a toddler, grumpily going along with the rest of the gang. His scene-stealing abilities brought him attention, and by 1935 he was the de facto leader of the gang, often paired with Carl Alfalfa Switzer. Switzers character became as much of a scene-stealer as the young McFarland was, Spanky McFarlands only starring feature-film role was in the 1936 Hal Roach film General Spanky, an unsuccessful attempt to move the Our Gang series into features. He also appeared as a performer in many non-Roach feature films, including the Wheeler & Woolsey comedy Kentucky Kernels. Following the 1938 Our Gang short Came the Brawn, McFarland retired from Our Gang, beginning a personal appearance tour. In mid-1938, Hal Roach sold the Our Gang unit to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and he remained in the MGM Our Gang productions until his final appearance in the series Unexpected Riches in 1942, at age fourteen. In 1952, at age 24, McFarland joined the United States Air Force, upon his return to civilian life, indelibly typecast in the publics mind as Spanky from Our Gang, he found himself unable to find work in show business. He took less glamorous jobs, including work at a soft drink plant, a stand
William Billie Thomas, Jr. was an American child actor best remembered for portraying the character of Buckwheat in the Our Gang short films from 1934 until the series end in 1944. He was a native of Los Angeles, California, Billie Thomas first appeared in the 1934 Our Gang shorts For Petes 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 Beards younger sister Carlena in For Petes Sake. and by Willie Mae Walton in three other shorts. Thomas began appearing as Buckwheat with 1935s Mamas Little Pirate, after Stymies departure from the series later in 1935, the Buckwheat character slowly morphed into a boy, first referred to definitively as a he in 1936s The Pinch Singer. This is similar to the handling of another African-American Our Gang member, Allen Farina Hoskins. Despite the change in the Buckwheat characters gender, Billie Thomass androgynous costuming was not changed until his appearance in the 1936 film Pay as You Exit and this new costuming—overalls, striped shirt, oversized shoes, and a large unkempt Afro—was retained for the series until the end. The reason for the change in appearance was so he could portray a runaway slave from late 1936s Our Gang feature film General Spanky. Thomas remained in Our Gang for ten years, appearing in all but one of the shorts, Feed em and Weep, Thomas had a speech impediment as a young child, as did Lee, who became Thomas friend both on the set and off. The Buckwheat and Porky characters both became known for their collective garbled dialogue, in particular their catchphrase, O-tay, originally uttered by Porky, but soon used by both characters. Thomas remained in Our Gang when the series changed production from Hal Roach Studios to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1938. Thomas was the only Our Gang cast member to appear in all 52 MGM Our Gang shorts, by 1940, Thomas had grown out of his speech impediment, and with Lee having been replaced by Robert Blake, Thomass Buckwheat character was written as an archetypal black youth. He was twelve years old when the final Our Gang film, Thomas enlisted in the US Army in 1954 at the age of 23, and was released from active military service in 1956 decorated with a National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. After returning to life, Thomas faced a dilemma shared by many of his co-stars from Our Gang. Though offered many film and stage roles, he had no desire to return to Hollywood as an actor, “After the Army, I wasnt really interested in the hassle of performing, he explained shortly before his death in 1980. Even the big stars had to chase around and audition, it seemed like a rat race to me, however, Thomas still enjoyed the film industry at large, and had a successful career as a film lab technician with the Technicolor corporation. He ably took his experience in work and learned the trade of film editing and cutting. In 1980, the Second International Convention of The Sons of the Desert took place at the Los Angeles Hilton Hotel, several days were spent touring famous Hollywood attractions, and then the highlight of the gathering took place in the hotel ballroom. Among those honored were fellow Our Gangers Spanky MacFarland, Dorothy DeBorba, Tommy Bond, when Thomas was brought out, he received a spontaneous standing ovation, and was moved to tears
Robert Blake (actor)
Robert Blake is a retired American actor, having starring roles in the film In Cold Blood and the U. S. television series Baretta. Blake began performing as a child, with a role in the final years of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayers Our Gang short film series from 1939 to 1944. He also appeared as an actor in 22 entries of the Red Ryder film franchise. In the Red Ryder series and in many of his roles as an adult. After a stint in the Army, Blake returned to acting in television and movie roles. He was married to Sondra Kerr, his first wife, with whom he had two children, from 1964 until their divorce in 1983 and he continued acting through 1997s Lost Highway for a career that author Michael Newton called one of the longest in Hollywood history. In 2005, Blake was tried and acquitted of the 2001 murder of his second wife, on November 18,2005, he was found liable in a California civil court for her wrongful death. Blake was born Michael James Gubitosi in Nutley, New Jersey and his mother, Elizabeth Cafone, was married to Giacomo Gubitosi. In 1930, James worked as a die setter for a can manufacturer, eventually, James and Elizabeth began a song-and-dance act. In 1936, the three began performing, billed as The Three Little Hillbillies. They moved to Los Angeles, in 1938, where their children working as movie extras. Blake had a childhood and was allegedly abused by his alcoholic father. When he entered school at age 10, he was bullied and had fights. Blake states that he was physically and sexually abused by his parents while growing up and was locked in a closet. His father committed suicide in 1956, at age 14, he ran away from home, leading to several more difficult years. Then known as Mickey Gubitosi, Blake began his career as Toto in the MGM movie Bridal Suite starring Annabella. Gubitosi then began appearing in MGMs Our Gang short subjects under his real name and he appeared in 40 of the shorts between 1939 and 1944, eventually becoming the series final lead character. James and Giovanna Gubitosi also made appearances in the series as extras, in Our Gang, Gubitosis character, Mickey, was often called upon to cry, for which he was criticized for being unconvincing
William Robert Billy Laughlin was an American child actor. He is best known for playing the character Froggy in the Our Gang short films in its final stretch, Laughlin was born on July 5,1932 in San Gabriel, California, to Robert Vine Laughlin and Charlotte C. According to Our Gang Films actor Robert Blake, Billy Froggy Laughlin was a dearly loved, sweet and his mother and father showered his brother and him with love and affection. Laughlin rose to fame at the age of eight when he appeared in his first Our Gang film and his character was known for his strange, guttural voice, which was reminiscent of a frogs croak. Laughlins last Our Gang short film was the last film of the series in 1944 called Dancing Romeo, contrary to popular belief, Laughlin did the voice himself without dubbing. Laughlin died at a hospital on August 31,1948 after a truck struck the Cushman Motor Scooter on which he was delivering newspapers near his home in La Puente, California. The 16-year-old friend who was operating the scooter, John Wilbrand, made a U-turn in front of the truck, the scooter was given to Laughlin by his parents two weeks prior to the accident. Laughlin lived the shortest life of the actors who appeared in the Our Gang films, Laughlin is interred in a grave at the Rose Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Whittier, California, in the same row as his parents. Billy Laughlin at the Internet Movie Database Billy Laughlin at AllMovie Billy Laughlin at Find a Grave