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An OUR GANG Comedy Short.
Little SPANKY is a real pill & the bane of older brother Brisbane's existence. Forced to baby-sit while the Rascals put on their production of Uncle Tom's Cabin, he's not surprised when the little tyke makes a shambles of the proceedings. But then Spanky discovers a hidden horde of cash...
This very funny little film was made to showcase newcomer Spanky - and his bug hunt & money tossing are hilarious - but the talents of Stymie are equally on display as he portrays both Uncle Tom & Topsy in the play. That's Billy Gilbert as Spanky's pop.
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
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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