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The Pigskin Palooka (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Short | 29 October 1937 (USA)
While Alfalfa was away at military school, his letters to his friends back home bragged about how he was a star football player. Now that he's back home, he has to prove it.

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Spanky (as Our Gang)
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Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
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Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Pete the Pup ...
Pete (as Our Gang)
Gary Jasgur ...
Junior (as Our Gang)
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Spike (as Our Gang)
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Woim (as Our Gang)
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Daniel Boone ...
#6 on Our Gang Team
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Hugh Chapman ...
#17 on Opposing Team
John 'Uh huh' Collum ...
Member of Our Gang Team
Dix Davis ...
#33 on Opposing Team
Barry Downing ...
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While Alfalfa was away at military school, his letters to his friends back home bragged about how he was a star football player. Now that he's back home, he has to prove it.

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Good Old Days
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Music by Leroy Shield
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No singing!
3 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

As the short begins, Alfalfa is in a military school and he's wearing the football star's (Dickie Jones) uniform to get his picture taken. It seems that the Alfalfinator has told all his friends back home that HE is the star of his new school's football team--when in reality he's scared to death of the game. So, when he returns to visit, he's expected to show everyone his amazing sports skills (which are negligible) in the big football game. How will Alfalfa manage to extricate from this mess?!

This is one of the better later shorts for two reasons. First, there is no singing and dancing--things that ruined many of the late Our Gang shorts. Second, while Alfalfa Switzer definitely overacted, the plot worked well and the film quite clever. Worth seeing even if you aren't a fan of the films.


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