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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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Trivia

The "ice cream sundaes" in Club Spanky were made using mashed potatoes and whipped cotton. 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

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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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 »

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Referenced in The Little Rascals (1994) See more »

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The Barber of Seville
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
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More of what made the later Our Gang films less enjoyable than the previous ones....
3 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Alfalfa tries to get a recording contract with an honest to goodness company. The adults there have fun with him and give him a contract--for 20 years in the future! Alfalfa thinks this means he'll be a star and soon dreams of great fame--singing songs like "The Barber of Seville" and the like. And, interestingly, in his dream he is 20 years older--but looks exactly like he does back in 1937. The dream, however, turns out to be a nightmare.

With the addition of Alfalfa and Darla to the cast of regulars came a marked change in the types of shorts made by Hal Roach. Instead of focusing exclusively on laughs, the newer ones often had singing and dancing. To make it worse, Alfalfa's horrible singing, while initially a passable gag, was featured too often--trying to generate cheap laughs. I am sure that the popularity drop of these kids can be attributed, in part, to the studio losing sight of what made the films popular in the first place--the kids acted like kids. No sane child acts like Alfalfa, that's for sure!! And as for Darla, but I always thought she looked plasticized--and a bit creepy--not a real child in any way.

This is the second Our Gang Follies film--the first being "Our Gang Follies of 1936". While this one has a bit more plot than the last, it is essentially chock full of singing and dancing. I can't see how children in the movie theaters would enjoy all this singing and dancing--but the parts of the film without that are pretty cute. Unfortunately, the momentum is constantly derailed by the insane need to do all the show tunes and wriggling--yuck! Pretty tough going in this one.


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