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Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937)

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 »

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Boy in Love Bug Singing Act (as Philip MacMahon)
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Loch Lomond Singer
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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 Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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18 December 1937 (USA)  »

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$58,815 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The final two-reel Our Gang comedy; also the final two-reel short produced by Hal Roach studios See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[after Alfalfa is booed during his first opera performance]
Elderly Barnaby: 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!
Alfalfa: Me, "The Great Alfalfa?" Sing in the gutter?
Elderly Barnaby: Yes, I have you in me power! Don't forget; you signed a contract! Sing!
Alfalfa: [crying] Yeas, sir...
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Follies Introduction/King Alfalfa
Performed by George 'Spanky' McFarland and Darla Hood
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High Production + Home Spun=Freak Show
8 March 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

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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