A truant officer spots the kids in an amusement park. They try to escape him.

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Stymie (as Our Gang)
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Dorothy (as Our Gang)
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Wheezer (as Our Gang)
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Spanky (as Our Gang)
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Dickie (as Our Gang)
Bobbie 'Cotton' Beard ...
Cotton (as Our Gang)
John 'Uh huh' Collum ...
Uh-huh (as Our Gang)
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Joe (as Our Gang)
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Mickey Daniels (as Our Gang)
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Farina (as Our Gang)
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Mary Kornman (as Our Gang)
Pete the Pup ...
Pete (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georgie Billings ...
Georgie
Baldwin Cooke ...
Amusement park barker
Bobby DeWar ...
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Storyline

Stymie and his friends plot to play hooky from school in order to go fishing, unaware that their teacher, Miss Kornman, is closing the school for the day in order to take the kids to the amusement park. Mickey, the truant officer, gets wind of the hooky plans and, just for fun, chases the would-be hooky players all around the park. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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28 January 1933 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The amusement park scenes were shot at the Santa Monica Pier, a 15-minute drive from the Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, California. The attractions seen in the film are long gone but the pier survives, with new rides and shops. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Daniels: Have you ever heard anything about a reform school?
Dickie: Yeah, I've heard about it. What's it like?
Mickey Daniels: Oh, it's terrible. A great big heavy iron bar around each ankle, and all stoop-shouldered from carrying a great big heavy sledgehammer.
Stymie: What's the sledgehammer for?
Mickey Daniels: They use it on the rockpile. They break great big rocks into little bitsy ones.
Dickie: Then why don't they run away?
Mickey Daniels: Oh, they can't. Too many guards. And there's a big river that runs all the way around it. And it's just chuck full of crocodiles.
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In My Canoe
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Music by Leroy Shield
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The Greatest of all Our Gang Films (in my opinion)
17 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To me, this is the greatest of all Little Rascals/Our Gang Films. Here, the 1920s Our Gang kids, Mickey Daniels, Mary Kornman, Joe Cobb, and Allen "Farina" Hoskins mix it up with their 1930s successors Stymie, Spanky, Wheezer, Dorothy, Dickie Moore, Uh-huh, and (of course) Pete.

In this tale, Truant officer Mickey and schoolteacher Mary Kornman (still sweethearts after all these years) try to foil teenaged Joe and Farina's plans to mislead the smaller fry into playing hookey. The would-be truants find out that Mary and Mickey are taking the kids that went to school to an amusement park (the old Santa Monica pier) and...well see it and figure it out.

There are lots of laughs in this film, particularly when toddler Spanky spills the beans to Mickey about his older friends skipping school (and smacking Mickey for doing his trademark Woody-woodpeckerish laugh). Mickey chasing Stymie through the amusement park is also very well-photographed (with panoramic views of the park) and laughs to boot. Farina and Joe's phony notes to Mary Kornman to excuse the kids (Deer Teecher-Pleese Esckuse Wheezer-he caught a skunk) are also real knee-slappers.

But overall, it's also great for Our Gang fans to see the rascals as they were (the 1920s group) and as they were to become (with Spanky and Stymie) along with a good story that ties them all together as an ensemble. This was done again in "Reunion in Rhythm" (1937), but not nearly as well. Long live the rascals!


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