Play ukelele? Just like one of them beach boys

In 1938, Mickey Rooney — youthful movie star — was 17, and he’d let nothing stop him. The St. Petersburg Times of 11 June that year tells how Master Rooney was told by a director that he’d have to strum a ukulele in a scene after lunch that day. Asked whether he could play ukulele, Mickey reportedly replied — “Boy, and how!” and he followed up with the words in the title of this post.  Mrs Nell Pankey, [Wikipedia says Mrs Nellie W Yule, nee Carter] Mickey’s mother, was surprised to hear it, as her boy didn’t play. But Mickey missed lunch to run to a local music shop and get a quick lesson, by the time the dishes were being wash back at the studio, his strumming was close enough for jazz. Don’t ask me in which movie, he made seven that year:

Love Is a Headache
Judge Hardy’s Children
Hold That Kiss
Lord Jeff
Love Finds Andy Hardy
Boys Town
Out West with the Hardys
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