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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This short is more of a male adolescent fantasy than anything else. Having power over a female adult is the basic theme. The adult female doesn't have to be guilty of being a stage mother or mean or any type of bad person, all that matters is she is attractive. See more
When Spanky's mother takes the stage pole it is about 5 feet long. When she is trying to catch Spanky it seems to have doubled in size. When she is knocking out stage lights it goes out further and takes off the piano players toupee. 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 !
Edited into The Our Gang Story
Music by Marvin Hatley See more