It's Mr. Hood's birthday and he's looking forward to a quiet celebration with his family. But Darla's friends show up with living presents, eat his dinner, argue about Tarzan and Alfalfa croons a special song for the unhappy man.

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Darla Hood (as Our Gang)
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Porky (as Our Gang)
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Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
Philip Hurlic ...
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Gary Jasgur ...
Junior Hood (as Our Gang)
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Percy (as Our Gang)
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Johnny Hood, Darla's Father
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Mrs. Hood, Darla's Mother
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It's Mr. Hood's birthday and he's looking forward to a quiet celebration with his family. But Darla's friends show up with living presents, eat his dinner, argue about Tarzan and Alfalfa croons a special song for the unhappy man.

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7 May 1938 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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While Darla Hood's father, Arthur Hood, was celebrating his 32nd birthday in this film, Johnny Arthur, the actor who played him, was 22 years older, 54, in reality at the time of production. See more »

Quotes

Darla's mother: I'm sorry, Johnny.
Darla's father: Well, you should be!
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Referenced in Cheers: Woody Gets an Election (1993) See more »

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Many Happy Returns of the Day
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Written by Al Dubin and Joseph A. Burke
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Where are Spanky and Buckwheat?!
3 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The title of this film is shared by another film from Hal Roach Studios--a Max Davidson film from 1928.

The short begins with Johnny Arthur talking about how hungry he is and how he's looking forward to his birthday dinner. However, when the gang shows up, Arthur is visibly saddened--he just wants to eat! But throughout the film, he's prevented again and again from eating and the kids drive him crazy while they try to wish him the happiest of birthdays. Considering that eventually Alfalfa sings for him, you really have to feel sorry for the guy! This is a decent short--even if you have to endure Alfalfa's singing. Arthur's reactions are funny and serve to make a pretty ordinary film just a bit better. Worth seeing.

By the way, this is the first Our Gang film without Spanky in some time. All the last Our Gang films from Hal Roach lacked Spanky--but he returned to the series when rights to the films were sold outright to MGM (who previously had just distributed them). Now, starting in 1939, MGM would begin making their own Little Rascals films. These were very popular on TV when I was a kid but they are unavailable today--just the earlier and superior Our Gang comedies. Also, Buckwheat is replaced by a new black kid (there always is at least one in their films)--and I have no idea who this kid is.


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