September 13th, 2005

Can't figure out an older cliche`/saying/slang phrase

I have Googled several keywords within inches of their lives, and can't find the idiom meaning of the expression "a ham with mustard". It's used in the sense of a "ham actor", lousy actor who overplays their scenes, but I can't figure out what it means (if anything) when it comes down to the "with mustard" bit.

It was used in the movie The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, as you can see if you scroll down the page a bit.

I'm working in roughly the same era, with a ham-actor sort of character, so I'm very curious.

Mucho thanks in advance for any help ^_^
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