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The Pinch Singer (1936)

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Alfalfa and our gang try to win fifty dollars on a radio contest, Alfalfa sings and wins the fifty dollars.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Darla (as Our Gang)
Porky (as Our Gang)
Spanky (as Our Gang)
Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Pete the Pup ...
Pete (as Our Gang)
Billy Mindy ...
Kid Reciting (as Billy Minderhout)
Harold Switzer ...
Harold (as Our Gang)
Jerry Tucker ...
Jerry (as Our Gang)
Daniel Boone ...
Our Gang Member (as Our Gang)
John 'Uh huh' Collum ...
Our Gang Member (as Our Gang)
Dickie De Nuet ...
Our Gang Member (as Our Gang)
Rex Downing ...
Our Gang Member (as Our Gang)
Marianne Edwards ...
Our Gang Member (as Our Gang)
Kay Frye ...
Our Gang Member (as Our Gang)


Alfalfa and our gang try to win fifty dollars on a radio contest, Alfalfa sings and wins the fifty dollars.

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Short | Comedy | Family





Release Date:

4 January 1936 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Pinch Singer was an enjoyable enough musical Our Gang entry with Alfalfa and Darla singing their own versions of "I'm in the Mood for Love"
30 November 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This Hal Roach comedy short, The Pinch Singer, is the one hundred forty-third entry in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series and the fifty-fifth talkie. In this one, there's a radio contest with a $50 prize. Alfalfa tries to audition three times but Spanky has Pete the Pup ring the gong each time. When Darla does her number she's the one picked to enter the show. But she doesn't arrive in time. Guess who goes in her place? The authors of the book, "The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang"-Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann, thought this was a contrived entry that "was fed too many sweets, and without the proper nutrients never grew into the kind of healthy comedy it might have been." Me, I was amused enough by the whole thing to not even care! If there's any material that gave me pause, it's the scene when Alf does blackface during one of his auditions as well as another three-person act that does the same thing during the actual contest. Otherwise, The Pinch Singer was entertaining enough for me. P.S. Regular Roach composer Marvin Hatley appears as the conductor of the orchestra in the radio studio scenes. Once when someone says "Take it away, Marvin!" and then again when Alf gives him the sheet music. And Darla appears for the second time in the series as a blonde as she was also shooting The Bohemian Girl at about the same time. And this was the official first time that one Fred Newmeyer directed an Our Gang episode though he had previously been involved in the series when he directed the first one actually called Our Gang. But most of his scenes from that were scrapped and Robert McGowan was the one who did the version that was eventually released.

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