Spanky's mother's pushes him to join a local theater amateur night.

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Spanky (as Our Gang)
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Stymie (as Our Gang)
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Scotty (as Our Gang)
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Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
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Jerry (as Our Gang)
Eileen Bernstein ...
Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Alvin Buckelew ...
Alvin (as Our Gang)
Sidney Kibrick ...
Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Cecelia Murray ...
Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Donald Proffitt ...
Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Merrill Strong ...
Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
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Daisy Dimple (as Our Gang)
Pete the Pup ...
Pete (as Our Gang)
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Ernie Alexander ...
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The Cabin Kids ...
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Storyline

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 Harveyweinpop999

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23 February 1935 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The original script had Spanky being challenged to a boxing match by the local bully. His mother has strictly forbidden him from boxing. Spanky enlists the help of an old boxer who gives them an old real boxing arena where the gang come up with the idea of hiding under the canvas and helping Spanky win and beat the bully. Spanky's mother finds out about the boxing match and rushes with his grandmother to the boxing arena to save her son. There is a good crowd of kids enjoying the event as the women arrive they plead with the ex boxer who is in charge of the arena to stop the fight only to be laughed at. Spanjy's Mother then tries to enter the ring and pull her boy out so he won't get hurt. As she is just gets to him the bully throws a punch and Spanky ducks and the punch lands squarely on his mom's face knocking her silly and pushing her up against the ropes as she sits down on the stool. As she sits there oblivious the gang are trying to trip the bulky and a pole comes out from under the canvas and catches the hem of the mother's dress and pulls her off the stooll and she is being dragged on the canvas to the hole where the pole is comming from . As soon as she is under the canvas the gang pull hard on the pole and rip off her dress. The mother is crawling under the canvas looking for her dress as she is doing this the gang put up a electrical razor which finds itself going up the back of her legs as the kids turn the razor on and off. After getting a significant amount of shocks the mother tears through the canvas and is dancing in the finger in her slip trying to get the razor out from her back. Spanky comes to her side and pulls on the razor trying to get it released from it clutch of his mother's slip. This results in her slip tearing off her and the razor taking her bra and panties with it. Having the mother wearing only her beret and shoes she is thrown out of the ring and into a barrel of rain water which is.located on the side of the old ring The mother goes completely under the water only to have her head emerge from under the water with an apple in her mouth. See more »

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When the Cabin Kids leave the stage, long range shot shows part of Spanky's hair protruding below the bottom of his helmet. He turns his head in a close up shot with Daisy and the hair is now tucked under the helmet. Then when he says " You do" to Daisy, some of the hair is protruding again. See more »

Quotes

Spanky's mother: [Spanky's Mother goes to the Ritz theater to sign Spanky up] Sir, I'm trying to sign my son up for the children's amateur show. Who do I speak to?
Stage hand: You have to speak to our Master of Ceremonies, he's over there.
Spanky's mother: [Spanky's mother walks over to the MC] Hello Sir, my name is Mrs. Darlene McFarland and I want to sign my son to appear at your theater in the children's amateur show.
Master of Ceremonies: [checking the schedule] Well the next opening is the last Friday this month.You know the show is very popular with the ...
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Good Old Days
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Music by Leroy Shield
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A case of art imitating life!
15 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a rather cute little Our Gang short, but I also found it unsettling as it was clearly a case of art imitating life. It all begins with Spanky doing a recitation for his mother's friends. Clearly, the mother is an obnoxious mother of a kid who just wants to be a kid! Later, she enters him in a talent show--when all sorts of hijinks ensue--some of which is pretty cute.

As I say, it's a case of art imitating life because I have read Leonard Maltin's book about the Rascals. And, unfortunately, a lot of the kids had pushy parents just like Spanky's in the film. It made the laughs a little less funny when I realized the writer for this short was probably influenced by the kids' real life folks! By the way, speaking of obnoxious folks, this was Alfalfa's first film with Our Gang. While cute in the films, he and his family are a VERY sad example of the sorts of pushy behavior and monstrous egos that were all too common with child actors. Read up on them when you get a chance--it's interesting but very, very sad.

Also, in this film you hear a child poorly singing "Honolulu Baby"--the tune that was popularized in the great Laurel & Hardy feature "Sons of the Desert".


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