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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Ungerne optræder  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One aspect of this short that people seem to see as it happens very fast occurs when they arrive at the theater Spanky is at the stage curtain and his mother and grandmother are seen walking into the stage wings as the MC is giving instructions to the stage hands to move things around. As one of the stage hands is moving one of the stage props off the stage he quickly moves the prop up and in front of Spanky's Mother. The stage hand and the MC both look at her and start to laugh ,she gives them a timid smile back to them. This meant the theater would start and end with the mother behind a stageprop. See more »

Goofs

When Spanky walks out on stage, there is a metallic armband on his right arm around the wrist. When he starts reciting "Friends. Romans..." it is not visible on the right arm. When his shield falls, the metallic armband is now on his left arm and is there for the rest of the short. 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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Referenced in Sliders: The Java Jive (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Honolulu Baby
(uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Sung by The Floradora Dollies
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Talent Contest Troubles With The Little Rascals
20 June 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An OUR GANG Comedy Short.

To his embarrassment, Spanky's mom enters him in a talent contest. He immediately gets the Gang's help in a plan to lose. Once on stage, however, Spanky meets a sweet little girl & his plans change. Now he'll need real BEGINNER'S LUCK to have a chance of winning...

A very funny little film, with Spanky in rare form. Highlight: Spanky's performance on stage. This was the film debut for Alfalfa (he sings `She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain').


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