The gang puts a phony absent note on their teacher's desk so they can go to the circus, then have to get it back when they find out that the class was going on a field trip to the circus ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(story department)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Spanky and Alfalfa fake a tooth-ache to get out of school.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Darla Hood, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, George 'Spanky' McFarland
Fishy Tales (1937)
Family | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Alfalfa tries to back out of a fight by pretending to be incapacitated.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Eugene 'Porky' Lee, George 'Spanky' McFarland, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The gang tries to dissuade their teacher from geting married.

Director: Gus Meins
Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Scotty Beckett, George 'Spanky' McFarland
Family | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The gang goes after pirate treasure they believe is hidden in a cave.

Director: Gus Meins
Stars: George 'Spanky' McFarland, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Scotty Beckett
Short | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Spanky's mother's pushes him to join a local theater amateur night.

Director: Gus Meins
Stars: George 'Spanky' McFarland, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Scotty Beckett
Family | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The gang promises to keep away from girls on St. Valentine's Day, but Alfalfa can't resist Darla.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Darla Hood, George 'Spanky' McFarland, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Family | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The gang, while playing firemen, come upon a real fire.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Sherwood Bailey, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Dorothy DeBorba
Short | Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The gang puts on a musical show at a reunion for some of the former Gang kids.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Darla Hood, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, George 'Spanky' McFarland
Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The gang runs away from home, but meet up with a kindly old couple.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Eugene 'Porky' Lee, George 'Spanky' McFarland, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Family | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Detective Alfalfa and his assistants Buckwheat and Porky try to solve a missing-candy case but find themselves in an amusement park haunted house.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Darla Hood, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Little Sinner (1935)
Family | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Rather than go to church, Spanky decides to go fishing - with disastrous results.

Director: Gus Meins
Stars: Eugene 'Porky' Lee, George 'Spanky' McFarland, Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas
Little Papa (1935)
Family | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The gang wants Spanky to come out and play football, but he has to make sure his baby sister is asleep first.

Director: Gus Meins
Stars: Scotty Beckett, George 'Spanky' McFarland, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Porky (as Our Gang)
...
Spanky (as Our Gang)
...
Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
...
Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John 'Uh huh' Collum ...
School Kid
Richard DeNeut ...
School Kid (as Dickie De Nuet)
Dudley Dickerson ...
Sam, the janitor
Paul Hilton ...
School Kid
Rosina Lawrence ...
Miss Lawrence
Donald Proffitt ...
School Kid
Edit

Storyline

The gang puts a phony absent note on their teacher's desk so they can go to the circus, then have to get it back when they find out that the class was going on a field trip to the circus anyway. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 December 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ungerne ser spøgelser  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Old Days
(uncredited)
Music by Leroy Shield
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Clever and familiar.
24 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is a reworking of an earlier Our Gang comedy--"Fish Hooky". Because of this, it's hard to score this one as high as other shorts--though I must admit it's still a pretty good little film.

"Spooky Hooky" begins with Spanky and Alfalfa planning on playing hooky by telling the teacher that Alfalfa is sick and cannot come to school tomorrow. The plan backfires, as the class is supposed to go on a surprise outing to the circus tomorrow! To make it worse, the note that they forged is locked in the school and they MUST sneak in that night to get that note. Maybe then they can go with the class on the outing.

During the 1935-36 period, the cast of characters was much more stable than usual for the comedies. As is typical of these films, the four boys doing most of the acting are Alfalfa, Spanky, Buckwheat and Porky. Because there is a storm that night, the kids all get scared pretty easily. While it's probably not seen as politically correct today, Buckwheat is awfully cute in these scenes. In the end, the four kids get theirs--learning a good lesson in the process about honesty and the like. Though, considering how often they played hooky in these films, I am not sure they really learned much of anything! Overall, a clever little film despite it being a bit too familiar.


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Spanky writes a phony doctor's note to get of school to go to the circus landyscheff
Discuss Spooky Hooky (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?