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Charley finds that he got more than he bargained for when he takes a job as a kindergarten teacher.


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Cast overview:
Charley Chase
Betty Mack ...
Betty Mack
Prof. Wm. Gilbert, Dean of School
Harry Bowen ...
The Ice Man
Boy who says, 'Just skip it' (as Spanky)


Charley finds that he got more than he bargained for when he takes a job as a kindergarten teacher.

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Short | Comedy





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27 January 1934 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One Times One
Written by Marvin Hatley, Charley Chase, Billy Gilbert and Eddie Dunn
Performed by Charley Chase and Betty Mack
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A Disorganized But Typically Amusing Chase Short
12 May 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Charley is having a weird first day teaching at a boy's school. He gets into an argument with an iceman, rescues Florence Roberts' canary and is roped into teaching a kindergarten class -- and, of course, falls in love with co-star Betty Mack.

This one is mostly about the co-stars. Billy Gilbert shows up as the rather fey principal of the school and Charley's class is composed of members of Our Gang. Charley had a long connection to Our Gang. He had been the supervising producer of the series in its first year and had appeared in a couple of their shorts in the middle of the previous decade.

This one is structured a lot more erratically than most of Chase's shorts in this period, but he does get to sing a duet with Betty Mack to close out the movie. As with almost all of his shorts, this one is a delight.

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