A small boy is instrumental in a famous Civil War victory.


, (as Fred Newmeyer)


(original story and screen play), (original story and screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Spanky (as Spanky McFarland)
Phillips Holmes ...
Marshall Valient
Yankee General
Rosina Lawrence ...
Buckwheat (as Billie Thomas)
Alfalfa (as Carl Switzer)
Hobart Bosworth ...
Colonel Blanchard
Robert Middlemass ...
James P. Burtis ...
Boat Captain (as James Burtis)
Louise Beavers ...
Willie Best ...
Henry (as William Best)


A small boy is instrumental in a famous Civil War victory.

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A Hal Roach full length feature. (Posters).


Comedy | Family | War


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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 »


Alfalfa: Cover up, he's coming this way.
Spanky Leonard: Who?
[the Gang then quickly cover up, holding tree branches, to hide Louella, from Simmons]
Spanky Leonard: [Also during this scene, Spanky walks, holding a stick, with the frame, that appears as if Louella is walking alone and drew Simmons' attention and deceiving him, until walking under a low tree branch, that pulled the back cape off and Simmons saw Spanky, then Spanky fled]
[Marshall Valient and Louella did a light quick kiss, in haste]
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Our Gang's period piece.
3 October 2001 | by (Portland, Maine) – See all my reviews

Hitherto to this feature, the longest Our Gang film was a three reel silent short called "Spook Spoofing". A 73 minute feature is a drastic change from their usual territory, but it is a worthwhile effort none the less. Here the comedy comes in contrast to drama, with a storyline that has more to do wih the adults than the Rascals. The Civil War setting is successfully recreated, and Spanky & Buckwheat make a good team. Not a film to introduce one to The Little Rascals, but one to enjoy after being exposed to their classic shorts,

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