At her afternoon tea social Spanky's mother has her son recite for the assembled ladies. It is easily seen they are bored to death as he has no talent. After he finishes the mother shocks everyone ,including her mother and son, by announcing she has signed him up to appear at a local children's talent show. The Grandma tries to intervene to no avail. The gang come up with a plan to sabotage his performance with peashooters and noise makers. Spanky is overjoyed but must keep his mother from finding out. At the theater Spanky meets a little girl who needs the prize money to buy her dancing costume but fell victim to stage fright. Spanky's mother has run afoul of the Master of Cerimonies by showing up with her son not ready to go on then saying he was too much of an artist to open a show. He is a real hard boiled type and well able to deal with the mother. He has kept Spanky's act for last. Spanky has decided he'll win the prize for the little girl but he must tell the gang. As he is ... Written by
23 February 1935 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Has been wildly reported that the original script for this short came from a rejected short involving boxing. The story had a boy fighting a bully in a dilapidated boxing ring. His mother rushes to save him only to be knocked out by a punch which her son ducks. She gets her dress caught on a pole the kids have under the canvas. She is dragged under the canvas only to have her dress ripped off her when she is under the canvas. See more
While Spanky is on stage he is been pelted with peashooters. At the end of his act his mother is trying to pull him off stage and you can see the stage floor and no peashooter pellets can be seen. See more
[Grandma has let the gang come in and go up to Spanky's room . Scotty is the first in
Hey Spank. What's up ?
[Spanky is downtrodden with the news he must act on the stage he tells the gang of his predicament
Well fella, my mom's trying to make an actor out of me . I have to receite everyday.
All actors are sissies . You don't want to be an actor do you ?
Of course not but i'll be reciting the rest of my life if I win that prize.
Why don't you tell your mother that you don't want to recite ?
Referenced in Sliders: The Java Jive
Music by Marvin Hatley See more