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Beginner's Luck (1935)

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

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Spanky (as Our Gang)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Stymie (as Our Gang)
Scotty Beckett ...
Scotty (as Our Gang)
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Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Jerry Tucker ...
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)
Marianne Edwards ...
Daisy Dimple (as Our Gang)
Pete the Pup ...
Pete (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ...
Audience member
The Cabin Kids ...
Themselves
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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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Short | Comedy | Family

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Release Date:

23 February 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ungerne optræder  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many people, who have seen this short earlier ,say when watching Spanky's mother is sitting in the stage wings watching Daisey Dimples performance are strangely aroused knowing what will happen later on. When Daisey runs off they play the same laugh track from Spanky's act a few minutes later. Spanky's mother can be seen saying something like "OH the poor child" and watching that the mother consoled her. The viewers report a feeling of joy watching Spanky's mother ,the fly, and the audience ,who are the hungry spider. No matter what the mother does her fate is sealed and she will fall victim to the audience. See more »

Goofs

When Spanky's mother is pulling him from behind the curtain at one point her dress hikes a little and it's obvious she isn't wearing a slip. However a few minutes later when her dress is hooked she is wearing a slip. See more »

Quotes

Spanky's mother: [on the stage wings watching as her son Spanky is trying to get righted as he tripped and fell on the stage. She hears the laughter starting from the audience and nervously taps the MC on his chest] Why don't you give him some lights ?
Master of Ceremonies: [Looks at her in astonishment ] What for ?
Spanky's mother: [the mother is getting very nervous ] So he can act !
Master of Ceremonies: [the MC knows she's in a very agitated state and wants to annoy her even more ] OH So he can act !
Spanky's mother: [the mother knows he is taunting her and she demurely says ] Yes that's ...
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Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

If It Were Only True
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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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