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A Lad an' a Lamp (1932)

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The gang finds what they think is a magic lamp.


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Credited cast:
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Stymie (as Our Gang)
Dorothy DeBorba ...
Dorothy (as Our Gang)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Wheezer (as Our Gang)
Spanky (as Our Gang)
Dickie (as Our Gang)
Pete the Pup ...
Pete (as Our Gang)
Bobbie 'Cotton' Beard ...
Cotton (as Our Gang)
Georgie Billings ...
Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Dickie Jackson ...
Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
John 'Uh huh' Collum ...
Uh-huh (as Our Gang)
Bobby DeWar ...
Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Donald Haines ...
Toughie (as Our Gang)
Henry Hanna ...
Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Bernard ...
Officer / Store proprietor
Harry Bowen ...
Audience member


Filled with stories of Aladdin's magic lamp, the gang starts rubbing every lamp in sight in hopes of finding the one with the magic. A series of coincidences leads the gang to think they've found the magic lamp, and a helpful vaudeville magician augments the illusion. After Spanky decides to wish that Stymie's little brother Cotton was a monkey, an escaped chimpanzee shows up and frightens Cotton away. The gang believes the wish has come true and mayhem ensues as they try to keep the police from shooting the runaway simian. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Family | Comedy | Short





Release Date:

17 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Batutinha e uma Lâmpada  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Spanky: [rubbing a lamp] I wish Cotton was a monkey, I wish Cotton was a monkey.
Spanky: [to Cotton] Hey Cotton, I wish you were a monkey.
Cotton: Okay.
Stymie: Hey, be careful what your wishin' for, that lamp might work.
Spanky: All he needs is a tail.
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References Ingagi (1930) See more »


Look At Him Now
Music by Leroy Shield
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The racial humor will go over kids' heads
9 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An odd and interesting Our Gang/Little Rascals flick, this is indeed filled with some undertones of racial stereotyping. But much of that will go over the heads of the modern kids who see this.

Essentially, the Gang reads "Aladdin's Lamp" and get the idea to rub all the lamps they could find hoping for a genie to appear to grant their wishes. As mentioned, Stymie, the Black hero of the early 1930s episodes, wishes for a watermelon and for his "pappy to get out of jail" (this running "gag" from the Stymie Beard years is even less funny today than it was in 1932 for obvious reasons). For some reason, Spanky wishes for Stymie's brother Cotton to turn into a monkey. With the help of a practical-joking magician and his smoke pellets, Cotton appears to do just that to Stymie's horror! To make matters worse, Dickie and the rest of the gang consider selling Cotton to the circus! Adults will have a coronary over the racial implications of all this, and another racial gag involving a Black cook trying to woo his girlfriend, who abscond in histrionic hysterics when the monkey shows up. However, modern children who are innocent of the baggage of stereotype implications will just see this as amusing and wonder how the Gang could be so foolish as to think that Cotton turned into a monkey.

Kids will enjoy other aspects of the film, especially when a bully (Donald Haines) bothers the kids and the magician (who is watching all this nearby) drops a smoke pellet, appears, and yells, "Be gone, villain!" while Donald does just that. This will appeal to the imagination of the small set. In a sense, this will play better to children than adults.

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