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Lazy Days (1929)

 -  Family | Comedy | Short  -  24 August 1929 (USA)
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The gang enter their little brothers and sisters in a baby contest.

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Credited cast:
Junior Allen ...
Thermos, Farina's brother
Bobby Burns ...
(unconfirmed)
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ...
Joe Cobb ...
Joe
Jean Darling ...
Jean
Pete the Dog ...
Petey
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Jannie Hoskins ...
Trellis
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Mary Ann Jackson ...
Harry Spear ...
Harry
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The gang enter their little brothers and sisters in a baby contest.

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baby | baby contest | monkey | invention | bee | See more »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.33 : 1
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When Farina says, "Please take this hose out of my mouth," his lips don't match the words being said. See more »

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Actually, this one not only isn't very funny, but it's a bit nasty.
6 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Joe reads an ad for a baby contest and gets the idea of having all the brothers and sisters of the Gang dressed up like babies to win all the prize money--including Joe's brother, Chubby (who looks NOTHING like a baby). In the end, it's all for naught.

One nice thing about the Our Gang comedies is that they were, for the 1920s and 30s, very egalitarian. After all, there were black kids in the gang (such as Farina, Stymie and Buckwheat) and they were treated by the other kids very well--in an era when Black-Americans were, at best, second-class citizens. Yet, sometimes, amidst this anti-racist casting decision by Hal Roach Studios, a bit of the sick prejudices of the age come clearly into focus. In this film, Farina plays a very different sort of character. Here in "Lazy Days" he's incredibly lazy and shiftless--and none of this routine is funny. What's worse is that the end, 'ol Petey the dog rolls a watermelon to Farina--and the credits roll!! Ugghh. Racist AND not particularly funny at the same time. Not surprisingly, when the series was syndicated for television, this was one of the few that was not shown as it was considered too racist for modern sensibilities.


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