Spanky's mother is convinced that he is the most talented child entered in the talent contest. Spanky, however, wishes his mother would stop pushing him to perform. He arranges for his friends to sit in the front row and "ruin" his performance. But backstage Spanky meets Marianne, a little girl whose mother is depending on the prize money. When Marianne freezes onstage with stage fright, Spanky must find a way to overcome his own sabotage and win the prize, so he can give it to Marianne. Written by
Jim Beaver <email@example.com>
23 February 1935 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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It's been reported that people who haven't seen this short since their childhood remember things differently. Some say The MC hoists the curtain while others say its the gang. Other say it's the gang that rush the prop board into place. Most say the picture on the board is a dog. Some thought that Spanky pushed a statue in front of his mother. Still others say the curtain stripped the mother nude. See more
When Spanky sees his mother has lost her dress on the curtain he rushes to get a stage prop in front of her so the audience can't see her in her underwear. Spanky's mother is frozen from the shock of the event but as Spanky pulls the stage prop in front of her he starts to move it back closer to her. At the same time you can clearly see she is moving her head closer to the top cut out section which she will eventually rest her chin on. But she is petrified. See more
Darling we've never had an actor in the family before. Why pick on him?
What does Gable or Barrymore have that Spanky doesn't ?
A moustache !
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