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General Spanky (1936)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Family, War  |  11 December 1936 (USA)
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A small boy is instrumental in a famous Civil War victory.

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(original story and screen play), (original story and screen play), 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
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Spanky (as Spanky McFarland)
Phillips Holmes ...
Marshall Valient
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Yankee General
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Simmons
Rosina Lawrence ...
Louella
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Buckwheat (as Billie Thomas)
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Alfalfa (as Carl Switzer)
Hobart Bosworth ...
Colonel Blanchard
Robert Middlemass ...
Overseer
James P. Burtis ...
Boat Captain (as James Burtis)
Louise Beavers ...
Cornelia
Willie Best ...
Henry (as William Best)
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A small boy is instrumental in a famous Civil War victory.

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A Hal Roach full length feature. (Posters).

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Comedy | Family | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

11 December 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Grande Generalzinho  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The initials of R. P. W. C. R. C. W. M. R. (Spanky's Confederate Army) stands for "The Royal Protection of Women and Children, Regiment Club of the World and Mississippi River". See more »

Quotes

Yankee soldier: [Vaughan, Marshal Valient's dog, just led Spanky to Marshall Valient] Friend or enemy?
Spanky Leonard: Enemy. And I thank you, to leave me alone, when I'm on personal business.
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"Old Black Joe' (uncredited)
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Exceptionally well made but rather grotesque...
25 January 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Spanky and his friends all decide to play army as the country is embroiled in war. His friends designate him their general and he leads them on a rather funny encounter with real Union troops! In addition, they help a nice Southern officer escape a hanging--a hanging orchestrated by a total jerk.

It's not hard to believe that Hal Roach Studios decided to give little Spanky from the Our Gang comedies his own feature film. After all, for his age, he was a dandy actor...and cute as a button. However, in hindsight, their choice of material was a bit on the grotesque side. It's not that setting the story in the South during the Civil War was necessarily a bad thing, but the whole slavery issue is very weird when you see it today. After all, in this film you see lots of black slaves standing about and singing for joy, as they apparently love their lot in life!! And, when Buckwheat (who is a runaway slave) begins to cry because he wants to have a master, too, it's just too much! If it weren't so evil, it would be comical. It's sad. Because without the racial insensitivity, the film is very good. The kids in the film are all good actors and Buckwheat really is quite adorable and effective in the film.

Rather surreal...that's for sure.


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