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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It was thought though out the industry that slap-stick and especially sight gags didn't work well using female actors. This short certainly shattered that concept. The scene where Spanky's grandmother is raising the curtain with her daughter's dress attached as Spanky's mother fights to keep her dress on combined with the scene after her dress is gone and she is kneeling on stage looking up at her torn dress hanging on the curtain hook and how she looks when it is shown how she looks with her head on top of the stage prop with her head on an animals body is perfect and hysterical. See more
When The Cabin Kids finish their number they exit the stage and are
seen waiting in the wings during Daisy's number. Then they vanish from the
rest of the short. When the curtain is raised at the end, all the other
performers are there, not the Cabin Kids. They should be there with
the other performers, especially since they were in the running to win the
prize. There is no reason for them to have left. See more
[She finds Spanky backstage talking to Daisey
Ok Spanky you're on next.
Mom if I win the prize can I do anything I want with the money?
Why certainly Spanky all I want is that you are a big hit!
[Spanky turns to Daisey and says
Don'y worry girlie the dress is in the bag !
[Spanky and his mother walk towards the stage wings when he pulls on her hand and says
Wait a minute Mom I have to talk to the gang.
[She is totally surprised and says to Spanky
You can't go out there now, you have to win ...
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