As a child, I remember hearing the expression, “The Boogeyman Will Get You if You Don’t Watch Out!” The phrase recently popped into my mind and I was wondering where it came from. Was there more to the expression?
It may originally come from the James Whitcomb Riley poem “Little Orphant Annie” (circa 1890). Instead of a Boogeyman, it’s about a Goblin. Each verse ends with:
“An’ the Gobble-uns’ll git you
Then there was the “Stereoview card series from the 1920’s titled ‘The Goblins will get you if you don’t watch out’, after the 1885 poem ‘Little Orphant Annie’ by James Whitcomb Riley.” (Quote from Pinterest)
There’s also a movie from 1942 called, “The Boogey Man Will Get You,” starring Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. It’s about a mad scientist who’s trying to use electricity to create a race of Super Humans.
Does anyone know more about this topic? Is so, please share in the comments below.
Meanwhile, don’t forget that, The Boogeyman will get you if you don’t watch out!
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