When they overhear Miss Witherspoon, the school superintendent, say that nothing short of an epidemic will allow the school to be closed for a week, the Our Gang conspire to fake illness. ... See full summary »
Eugene 'Porky' Lee,
George 'Spanky' McFarland,
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
In fact up until the climax it's unusually bad for an Our Gang from this period. The Chinese stuff is unpleasant, the bit where the girls peep on Wally is just weird, and most of all, every time the kids all have to express unscripted eagerness and enthusiasm, it's a horrible, horrible, fake cacophony of "Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!" until you want to kick every one of them through the goal posts. The chaos at the society party partially redeems it -- you can't do much to screw up monkeys throwing cream puffs at stuck-up society dames.
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