Sperry, George “Tucko”
George Sperry “Tucko”
Graduated from Mar-Ken in 1938.
Tucko is Ray Sperry’s brother. The ‘Sperry Brothers’ were an entertainment team: Tucko & Wimpo Acrobatic Dancers circa 1929. Also known as “The Teenie Weenie Twins” in 1930 when they were with the Meglin Kiddies. A November 3, 1933 blurb in the Hollywood Critic mentions Tucko and Wimpo in The Fire Chief, Meet the Baron, and Hoopla.
From the 1935 Lawlor Professionals:
Tucko Sperry’s photo appears in the 1935 Lawlor Professionals (see photo, below). He is in the photo alongside his brother, Ray. The casting book ad indicates that the “Sperry Boys” are available for stage, acrobatics and screen.
From the March 15, 1937 Lawlor Journal:
“Wally” TELLS ALL
For a long time the Journalism class has been discussing the idea of getting interviews from the different pupils occupying the Study Hall. Until just recently they have done nothing about it; but now we are very happy to inform you that the first interview is about to begin. Our victim is the one and only Wallace James Pindell.
Mr. Pindell was very pleased to oblige the press; but some of the questions were rather personal. His pal Tucko Sperry had to stooge for him on those. The first question I asked was: “What is your hobby?” He looked rather stunned for a moment and then replied in a weak little voice, “Shooting.” (The questions and answers will follow).
Q: “Favorite Sport?”
A: “Ah, let’s see – – – oh, hoss back riding.”
Q: “Your ambition?”
A: “That’s easy. I want to be a Barber so I can cut ‘Doc’ Sperry’s hair.”
Q: “Do you like the girls?”
A: “No, no, no!” (We wonder)
Q: “Well, who is your favorite girl friend?”
A: “I haven’t any. I don’t even look at them.” (Is this another falsehood and is his secret Muriel Ross?)
Q: “Your favorite food?”
Q: “Do you like shows?”
A: “Yes, very much.” “Yes, Burlesque shows!” laughed Tucko.
Q: “Your favorite color?”
A: “Black and Blue.”
Q: “Do you like to read?”
A: “Yes. Mostly History.” (We’ll see that Miss Dow gets a copy of the paper).
Q: “How old are you?”
A: “You’ve got him there.” Said the stooge. Wally stammered, “Why, I’m – I’m sixteen.”
Q: “Do you like school?”
A; “More than anything else.”
Q: “How tall are you?”
A: “6 feet and 1/4 inches, and don’t forget the 1/4th. By the way, I weigh 165 pounds, and wear size 10 shoes”.
Thanks very much, Mr. Pindell. I hope we can help you out again. Who will the next victim of your Interviewer be? What will their answers be: Wait and see!
– – – Catherine Kennedy
From a May 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
STAGE, SCREEN, AND RADIO: Tucko Sperry has been portraying an English sailor on the set of “Lord Jeff”. He has been on location a week at MGM.
From the September 30, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
FIVE MINUTE INTERVIEW WITH TUCKO SPERRY
Height – – 5 foot 7 inches
Weight – – 106 pds.
Hair – – brown
Eyes – – brown
Profession – – motion pictures
Tucko was born in New York City and he is extremely proud of the fact. He came to sunny???? California when only a little shaver of six years old.
Since this time, he has worked in a number of motion pictures, but his real ambition is in for the field of aviation. He is aiming for a commercial license if possible.
His hobbies are walking and tennis and what ho! he is a former tennis champion at Mar-Ken.
Tucko claims that his graduation from Mar-Ken school was the most interesting event of his life.
In closing Tucko says: “Please note that I don’t want to become a movie actor, but I still believe Motion pictures are your greatest entertainment.”
From the October 13, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
THINGS WE COULDN’T DO WITHOUT: Tucko Sperry – His dry wit.
From the November 24, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
THANKSGIVING DOINS’ Most of our students are anticipating a grand time on Thanksgiving. Here are some of their plans: – –
Tucko Sperry . . . sleep & rest !!!
From the November 24, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
MOVIE NEWS: Eugene Bell, Hi Roberts, the Sperrys, and Hal Belfer have just finished working on Universal’s “Newsboys’ Home.”
From the November 16, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
WHAT THEY ARE DOING FOR CHRISTMAS – Tucko: Meditate
WHAT THEY WANT FROM SANTA CLAUS – Tucko: Curly hair
From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
ALUMNI: Tucko Sperry and Hal Belfer are working at the studio.
From the October 25, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
ALUMNI: Tucko Sperry and Gene Bell working at Columbia.