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Release Date:
1 June 1935 (USA) See more »
An officer moves into the neighborhood, and everybody wants to get friendly with his daughter. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Scotty Beckett ... Scotty (as Our Gang)

George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Alfalfa (as Our Gang)

Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Alvin Buckelew ... Alvin (as Our Gang)
Marianne Edwards ... Miss Jones, the new girl (as Our Gang)
Robert Lentz ... Our Gang Member (as Our Gang)
Donald Proffitt ... Our Gang Member (as Our Gang)
Harold Switzer ... Harold (as Our Gang)
Jerry Tucker ... Percy (as Our Gang)
Pete the Pup ... Pete (as Our Gang)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Bernard ... Officer Riley
James P. Burtis ... Real estate agent
Lester Dorr ... First pedestrian (unconfirmed)
Dick Elliott ... Mr. Jones
Bess Flowers ... Scotty's mother
Leota Lorraine ... Spanky's mother

Lillian Rich ... Mrs. Jones
Viola Richard ... Second pedestrian (unconfirmed)
Gertrude Sutton ... Alfalfa's mother

Directed by
Gus Meins 
Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Art Lloyd 
Film Editing by
Louis McManus 
Makeup Department
Jack Casey .... makeup artist
Peggy Zardo .... hair stylist
Art Department
C.E. Christensen .... construction supervisor
Bob Saunders .... props
William Stevens .... property department
Sound Department
William Randall .... recording engineer
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... process department (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stax Graves .... still photographer
Music Department
Louis McManus .... music editor (uncredited)
Leroy Shield .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Tony Campanaro .... animal trainer
Charles Levin .... laboratory supervisor
Fred Purner .... publicist
Hal Roach .... presenter

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:20 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Approved (PCA #738)

Did You Know?

Just before Spanky begins doing chin-ups, Alfalfa tells him, "Anything you can do, I can do better." While certainly not trademarked, this catchy line may have inspired Irving Berlin to write the famous closing number of the popular Broadway musical, "Annie Get Your Gun," which did not debut until 1946, 11 years after this short subject.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) (V)See more »
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Fair., 24 January 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is the second Our Gang comedy with Alfalfa--and the first where he was a co-star. The film begins with the boys being messy and dirty old boys. However, when a cute little girl moves in the neighborhood, the boys quickly clean up their act. Spanky quickly rushes over to the house and meets the father (Dick Elliot) and soon invites himself inside to see the daughter. Once inside the house, however, Spanky finds that Alfalfa is already there and the two rivals spend the rest of the film trying to one-up the other and impress the girl.

While not a terrible idea for a film, this one suffers from not going particularly anywhere once the rivals meet. A cute idea that simple didn't deliver much in the way of laughs.

By the way, you may well recognize Dick Elliot, as he was a very familiar face on TV--playing a lot of folks, including the mayor on "The Andy Griffith Show".

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