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User: stalag_13 (posted by ramblin_rosie)
Date: 2016-10-18 17:55
Subject: Lost allusion--found!
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Tags:episodes, reference
I may be the very last person in the world to get this, but a bit of trivia for those of you even younger and less hip to the jive than I am:

I'd always wondered what "Six Lessons from Madame LaGrange" referred to. Today I was looking up another song and stumbled across a Jimmy Dorsey tune by the name of "Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga." Intrigued, I did a bit of searching and found that the song also inspired a 1941 comedy starring Lupe Velez and Leon Errol, featuring duelling con men, a band from Oklahoma, and a hot-blooded nightclub owner/singer/dancer.

So far, so good, but where did the Hogan's Heroes writers get "Madame LaGrange" instead? It was written too early to be a ZZ Top reference (and La Grange, Texas, rhymes with "strange" anyway). Well, it turns out that there was a famous French coloratura soprano in the mid-19th century named Anna de La Grange, and there's actually a dance tune--specifically, a polka mazurka!--from 1855 called "Madame La Grange." You can see the sheet music on the Library of Congress website here. And somewhat hilariously from an Internet fandom perspective, the composer's name was J. Troll.
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Mum's_the_Word_54: Patriotism
User: mumstheword54
Date: 2016-10-19 10:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow! It's all news to me, so it's not just youngsters who have much to learn. We'll have to watch/listen together sometime!
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