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Director:
Writer:
Jack Jevne (story)
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Release Date:
5 December 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The gang puts a phony absent note on their teacher's desk so they can go to the circus, then have to... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Clever and familiar. See more (4 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Eugene 'Porky' Lee ... Porky (as Our Gang)

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

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

Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John 'Uh huh' Collum ... School Kid
Dickie De Nuet ... School Kid
Dudley Dickerson ... Sam, the janitor
Paul Hilton ... School Kid
Rosina Lawrence ... Miss Lawrence
Donald Proffitt ... School Kid

Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Jevne  story department
Hal Roach  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Art Lloyd 
 
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler  (as William Ziegler)
 
Casting by
Joe Rivkin 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Casey .... makeup artist
Peggy Zardo .... hair stylist
 
Art Department
C.E. Christensen .... construction department
Arthur I. Royce .... art department
William Stevens .... art department
 
Sound Department
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound (as W.B. Delaplain)
 
Special Effects by
Roy Davidson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... process department (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stax Graves .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harry Black .... wardrobe
Dorothy Callahan .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Leroy Shield .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charles Levin .... laboratory supervisor
Fred Purner .... publicist
Hal Roach .... presenter
Lawrence Tarver .... assistant to producer
 

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Runtime:
10 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Clever and familiar., 24 January 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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.

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