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Beginner's Luck (1935)

Spanky's mother pushes him to join a local theater's 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)
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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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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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When the Gang arrived to inform Spanky that they will sabotage his performance, his mother can be seen in the next room sitting at a sewing machine. If you look closely you can see she is sewing the robe which Spanky will be wearing as part of his Roman centurion costume that night. See more »

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When Spanky is trying to perform his stage act the gang are pelting him with peashooters which bounce off his armor and land on the stage however when he is on the stage trying to resist being pulled off by his mother there are no peashooters on the stage at all. See more »

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Please Press Your Lips To Mine
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Out Allbright! In Switzer! Alfalfa makes his debut!
17 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

This comedy classic is in my top 5 favorite episodes of the Our Gang Series.I'll start with my Granddaughter Sami who recently had her first ballet recital. At the moment of truth froze up and ran off the stage into the comfort of her Mother's arms. When the show was over I said to my Daughter-In-Law, "Sami Froze up like Daisy Dimple!" Of course my Daughter-In-Law replied, "Who Is Daisy Dimple?" Hence my review begins now! Spanky the new leader of the gang due to the departure Of Wally Albright and his limited contract, Performs in front of his Mother's friends reciting Shakespeare. Spanky projects his prose perfectly to the delight of his wannabee stage Mother. Spanky's reward? Mother is entering him in a talent show. Show business is not to Spanky's liking as he practices to the company of his talking parrot as the gang member's show up at his window.The only way out is to have Spanky flop on stage with the help of his gang and an endless supply of Pellets and spit balls. On with the talent show as Spanky dressed in full Michigan State apparel(A ROMAN SOLDIER)we'll do everything in his power to bomb on stage. Ironically Spanky was picked to go first by the Master of Ceremonies Tom Herbert but his pushy Mom (Kitty Kelly) who bears a striking resemblance to actress Barbara Stanwyck protests that you Don't have a talented actor the likes of Spanky to go on first. Some of the Acts were entertaining to watch .Honorable mention to The Hawaiian Dancers and the Cabin Kids and most importantly the Arizona Nightingales featuring a young freckled Carl Switzer who makes his first of many appearances in the series as the the High pitched off key singer Alfalfa! Now it's time for our cu pie faced Dancer Daisy Dimple to perform and try to win the cash prize of $10.00 but she choked in front of a bewildered audience and all those eyes!! Spanky comforts the crestfallen girl and claims he'll win her the money for her ballet costume. Spanky wants to go out to the audience to tell his friends not to ruin his act and that he want's to win after all. Instead Spanky's Mom intervenes and goes over to the rowdy troupe and tells them that her son wants to win. Spanky from the Stage winks at them and the gang is confused so the gang sticks with the original plan of abuse and spitball to the disdain of out toupee d Pianist James Morton seated between the stage and the arsenal. Spanky goes on and the rest of the short is sheer pratfalls combined with howling comedy with a grand finale of Grandmother Mae Wallace pulling up the final curtain to a ripped dress. Great episode to show your grand kids if they failed on stage.


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