The Our Gang put on their own production of "Romeo and Juliet", with some lines from "Hamlet" and a strong man act thrown in for good measure. Buckwheat saves the day by playing Juliet ... See full summary »
Eugene 'Porky' Lee,
George 'Spanky' McFarland
The beloved Miss McGillicuddy has left school and the gang is faced with a new teacher, one Miss Crabtree, whose name alone suggests a mean old lady to the gang. They plot several means of running off the new teacher, including ants, sneezing powder, and a mouse. On the way to school, one of the gang, Jackie, is picked up by a lovely lady who asks him about his school. Jackie reveals all the gang's plans to ruin things for Miss Crabtree. The only problem is that a sweet young woman Jackie has hitched a ride with is none other than... Miss Crabtree. Written by
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Miss Crabtree "sends" Buddy home with the others, even though no-one has come to say that he needs to go home, unlike the rest. See more »
Miss June Crabtree:
I hope the children like me.
Oh, they'll like you alright. We'll have the cake and ice cream down to the school right on time.
[Miss Crabtree drives away]
Ummm... Wow! I wouldn't mind going back to school myself!
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The Opening Credits of three Hal Roach "Little Rascal" shorts, that are two-reel film shorts are verbally introduced, by identical twin sisters, Betty Mae Crane & Beverly Crane, instead of being printed on screen. The duo verbally introduced just three "Little Rascals" films. They are Teacher's Pet (1930), School's Out (1930) and Love Business (1931). During their rotating verbal introduction, one starts with the names of the director(s), then the other says the producer(s) and they keep rotating, (back and forth) until they verbally mention all other leading staff member names, then the title of the short that is/was about to be played. After their co-introductions are completed, they conclude with a quick and light bow and speaking in unison, to the theatre audience, saying "We thank you." Then in two to three seconds, the short, they very politely and verbally introduced, with the title's top staff of members' proper names are completed, the short begins. See more »
Teacher's Pet was the first really great entry in the talkie Our Gang series
This Hal Roach comedy short, Teacher's Pet, is the one hundred first in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series and the thirteenth talkie. This is the one that really showcased Jackie Cooper's charisma as a child actor and would eventually lead him away from the series into starring exclusively in feature films. He leads the gang in playing pranks on the new teacher they find out is named Miss Crabtree who they think is someone-well, certainly not pretty as she eventually turns out to be as played for the first time by June Marlowe. I'll just say that this short is one of the most charming of the series with just the right amount of laughs to offset whatever sadness one may feel about doing something so cruel to someone as beautiful as this new teacher. So on that note, I highly recommend Teacher's Pet. P.S. This film marked the debut of one Matthew Beard who'd eventually be called Stymie in the series but here is called Hercules. It's also the first in the series to open with what would become the theme song-"Good Old Days" by LeRoy Shield. And it would be the first in the series to have "talking opening credits"-that is, a couple of ladies-Beverly and Betty Mae Crane-would announce the title and production credits instead of them being printed on screen. They'd do this also for subsequent Our Gang shorts School's Out and Love Business. And Richard W. Bann-co-author of the book "The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang"-provides nice commentary on disc 2 of The Little Rascals Collection DVD during this short.
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