A magic lamp lets a young couple become kids again and exposes a mean old man who runs his orphanage like a prison.

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Stymie (as Our Gang)
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Scotty (as Our Gang)
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Spanky (as Our Gang)
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Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Eileen Bernstein ...
Girl eating cake (as Our Gang)
Alvin Buckelew ...
Alvin (as Our Gang)
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Marianne (as Our Gang)
Gordon Evans ...
Kid Who Finds Lamp (as Our Gang)
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Leonard (as Our Gang)
Donald Proffitt ...
Kid eating cake (as Our Gang)
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Jane (as Our Gang)
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Jerry (as Our Gang)
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Dick as a child
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Mary as a child
Richard Brasno ...
Mr. Crutch as a child (as Dick Brasno)
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A fantasy-departure from the norm in the series as the Kids are all orphans in a home that is ran like a prison by Mr. Crutch, except when he is trying to impress wealthy sponsors such as Mrs. McWade, her daughter Mary and Mary's fiancée Dick. Mary is so impressed with Mr. Crutch's "operation" and how happy the kids appear to be, and wishes she could be a kid again and share in all the fun. She gets her wish. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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8 December 1934 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The Moon And You
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Music by Leroy Shield
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One of the strangest Our Gang films I've ever seen!
15 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the weirdest Our Gang shorts I've ever seen--and I've seen a bunch!! It begins at an orphanage run by a nasty old guy (Clarence Wilson) and woman. However, they are taking the kids to a party at the McWade's house--because the McWades are the ones who pay his salary.

The kids have a nice time and Dick and Mary McWade wish they, too, could be kids and enjoy the party. When they discover a magic lamp, they are transformed into kids and they join the party. BUT, there is a catch. The nasty orphanage operators take Dick and Mary with them when the party ends and they get to learn first-hand how badly they treat the kids. It's all very funny (particularly the part with the hammer) and strange--and well worth seeing.

George and Olive Brasno play the child versions of Dick and Mary. However, I have no idea why they chose to have these two midgets play kids instead of just having kids play the parts. Perhaps it was because Dick smokes a cigar, but considering the way child actors were treated back then, I am surprised they didn't just have a kid smoke!


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