The gang is putting on a show with Alfalfa billed as "King of the Crooners." But Alfalfa abandons the show saying his crooning days are over, and that opera is his true calling. But after ... See full summary »
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 »
Eugene 'Porky' Lee,
George 'Spanky' McFarland,
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
The gang is putting on a show with Alfalfa billed as "King of the Crooners." But Alfalfa abandons the show saying his crooning days are over, and that opera is his true calling. But after taking a nap and dreaming of a successful future in popular music, he changes his mind and joins the rest of the gang for the closing number. Written by
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The "ice cream sundaes" in Club Spanky were made using mashed potatoes and whipped cotton. See more »
After Alfalfa is pelted with produce, his face is clearly a mess from it, but when he is immediately sent out by his boss to collect money on street corners, his face is clean again. See more »
[after Alfalfa is booed during his first opera performance]
You, an opera singer? BAH! I've wasted twenty year waiting fo' you! Take this tin cup and sing in the streets, where you belong!
Me, "The Great Alfalfa?" Sing in the gutter?
Yes, I have you in me power! Don't forget; you signed a contract! Sing!
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Unlike most other Hal Roach comedies released through MGM, this one features an unusual opening title: "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents 'Our Gang Follies of 1938,' a Hal Roach Production," as opposed to the usual "Hal Roach Presents" title line. This short also features unique title cards, when the series had by this time converted over to standardized title cards. See more »
Hal Roach was getting out of the short subject business when this movie was being made. He had fired Charley Chase, Laurel and Hardy were doing features only and he was negotiating to sell 'Our Gang' to MGM, where the shorts would continue to be produced for another nine years.
In the meantime, Roach was trying to produce longer Our Gang pieces, short features, or increase the production value by other means to get a higher price for his product. This is the result: Alfalfa sings in that annoying voice of his that people obviously considered cute. And there is a major 'night club' sequence, populated with the rascals. The problem is that Our Gang kids were chosen to be, well, kids, and the results here -- watching six year olds screech swing versions of "Loch Lomond" is pretty aggravating.
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