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Reunion in Rhythm (1937)

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The gang puts on a musical show at a reunion for some of the former Gang kids.

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Darla (as Our Gang)
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Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Pete the Pup ...
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Mickey Daniels (as Our Gang)
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Mary (as Our Gang)
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At the Adams school, students and alumni gather for a musical talent show. Buckwheat wants badly to be an actor and keeps breaking into a recitation of "Little Jack Horner" when he's supposed to be announcing the acts. Spanky is at his wit's end trying to keep the show moving without Buckwheat's interpolations. Darla serenades Porky, Spanky does a song-and-dance number, Alfalfa's solo is upstaged by a rooster, and no one seems to be amazed at the set, which must have cost more than the school building. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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This short's date of release: Saturday, January 9th, 1937, was Bob Denver's second birthday and one day after Elvis Presley's second birthday. See more »

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I'm Through With Love
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Written by Gus Kahn, Matty Malneck and Fud Livingston
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Reunion in Rhythm is quite a nice gathering of old and new Our Gang members despite the short shrift of the former members
14 December 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This Hal Roach musical comedy short, Reunion in Rhythm, is the one hundred fifty-first entry in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series and the sixty-third talkie. It's a reunion of the Adams Street Grammar School with students-former and present-in tow: Stymie with Buckwheat, Joe Cobb with Porky, Mary Kornman with Darla, and Mickey Daniels with Alfalfa along with teacher Miss Lawrence and Spanky. Former class president Mickey is the only one with lines before the show begins: Buckwheat keeps trying to recite "Little Jack Horner" while showing cards introing each act. First is Darla singing "Baby Face" to Porky. Then, Spanky does "Broadway Rhythm" to a bunch of background girls and boys tap dancing behind him. Finally, another student named Mirandy (Georgia Jean LaRue) sings "Going Hollywood" to farmer Alfalfa who then does his usual off-key performance, this time to "I'm Through with Love" while a rooster contributes to it, off-screen! Quite an entertaining short, though it's a shame the Our Gang alumni didn't have more time to make an impression. Mary, Joe, and Mickey had reunited previously in Fish Hooky (though it should be noted Joe had no scenes with the other two there) with Spanky the only one from there still presently in the gang here though the other returnee-Stymie-was also in the gang at the time and the only members that were currently present he hadn't met before were Darla and Porky. So on that note, Reunion in Rhythm was quite an entertaining short. Oh, and starting with this one, there's a new version of the LeRoy Shield theme, "Good Old Days" arranged by Ted Duncan. P.S. Here's what happened to those returning Our Gang members afterward:

Mickey left film after the war and went into construction engineering. By the time he died on August 20, 1970, however, he had been driving a taxi and was found alone in his motel room. Worse, it wasn't publicly known until 1991 when Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann included this bit on his bio in the second edition of their book "The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang".

After Mary left film and divorced famed cinematographer Leo Tover, she married a horse-breeder named Ralph McCutcheon who supplied livestock to various studios. She died on June 1, 1973.

Joe eventually became an assembler of defense work in 1942 and would then be employed at what became Rockwell International for thirty years. He'd then retire and die on May 21, 2002.

Matthew "Stymie" Beard had a rough childhood outside of the studio and would spiral into drugs during his teens. Eventually, he'd go into the Synanon institute during the mid-'60s, clean up, and get into acting again in such TV shows as "Good Times", "Maude", and "Sandford and Son" as well as movies like The Buddy Holly Story and Truck Turner. And he and Darla did voices in animation in "The Little Rascals' Christmas Special". He died on January 8, 1981.

Mickey, Mary, Joe, and Stymie, we'll forever love and miss you!


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