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Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937)

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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 ... See full summary »

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

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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 »

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Alfalfa: Gee, you look pretty! Diamonds an' everything!
Darla: Oh yes indeed; I sing and I make hundreds an' thousands of dollars!
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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 »

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References Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) See more »

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Follies Conclusion
Performed by George 'Spanky' McFarland, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Darla Hood,
Eugene 'Porky' Lee, Harold Switzer, 'Henry Lee', and others
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The Show of Shows
30 December 2003 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

If you ever want to see an Our Gang/ Little rascals short, this is the one to see. A big-budget musical short that features a floor show in snazzy Club Spanky (thanks to the convenient plot device of having Alfalfa dream the whole thing), "Our Gang Follies of 1938" was the last truly great film in the Our Gang series and the last two-reel comedy Hal Roach would ever produce. This short is incredibly enjoyable, it's dialogue and gags instantly quotable, its songs are insanely catchy...and Buckwheat (excuse me, "CAB" Buckwheat) is the band leader. A winner by all accounts.

Interestingly enough, when MGM bought Our Gang from Hal Roach not six months after this short was produced, they tried a number of time to produce a short to match this one ("Ye Old Minstrels," "Melodies Old and New," "Calling All Kids," etc.) but it never happened.


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