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Spanky (1932)

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While staging a play, Spanky finds his father's hiding place for the family "fortune."

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Spanky (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Sherwood Bailey ...
Spud / Ophelia (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Stymie / Uncle Tom / Topsy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Dorothy DeBorba ...
Dorothy / Little Eva (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Wheezer / Marks the Lawyer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Kendall McComas ...
Breezy Brisbane / Simon Legree (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Spanky's father
Douglas Greer ...
Speck
Bobby Mallon ...
Rowdy Kid In Audience
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While staging a play, Spanky finds his father's hiding place for the family "fortune."

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26 March 1932 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Debut of Tommy Bond. He would go on to appear in a total of 27 Our Gang shorts over the next eight years, concluding with Bubbling Troubles (1940), that was produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer, aka MGM. See more »

Connections

Featured in Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse (1984) See more »

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Here Are The Pets
(uncredited)
Music by Leroy Shield
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Goofy fun.
2 December 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

For the most part, this short featuring the kids from Our Gang is unfocused and seems more an opportunity to reuse the footage from Spanky's screen test than anything else. It seems that many clips in "Spanky" were taken directly from this--such as the scenes where he's chasing bugs with a hammer. Apart from this, you'll see a very young Spanky get into lots of trouble as he destroys the kids' play as well as throws his father's (Billy Gibert) hidden money out the window! All in all, Spanky played a really destructive brat in this one...but he was so cute that you enjoyed it anyway and could look for the lack of a clear plot.

While this is a pretty good short, hold on to your seat and breath deep when you see the play. After all, all the white kids are in black-face to do the story "Uncle Tom's Cabin"! Funnier (and less offensive) is when Stymie's sister drops out of the play and Stymie is drafted to play BOTH roles--that of Uncle Tom and Topsy the female slave!


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