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 »
George 'Spanky' McFarland,
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
The Our Gang put on their own production of "Romeo and Juliet", with some lines from "Hamlet" and a strong man act thrown in for good measure. Buckwheat saves the day by playing Juliet ... See full summary »
Eugene 'Porky' Lee,
George 'Spanky' McFarland
There were 221 "Our Gang" aka "Little Rascals" features filmed, between 1922 & 1944. First 169 were buy 'Hal Roach (I)' Studios. General Spanky (1936) is a 72 minute movie. The final 52 shorts were filmed at M-G-M, aka Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. The two numbers, 169 and 52 are ratio numbers of thirteen. 13 x 13 = 169 and 13 x 4 = 52. Add 169 and 52 and they equal 221. See more »
Several of the final shorts by Hal Roach Studios in the Our Gang series lacked Spanky, as he'd been loaned out to RKO for a full-length film. Despite his absence, a couple of these films were still quite good. However, here in "Hide and Shriek", his absence is felt as Alfalfa only has very little kids to help him with his detective agency--kids who really weren't very talented and offered little in the way of chemistry.
This is also a pretty weak film because the plot is VERY contrived. So, even when it has funny moments, the utterly stupid plot overrides everything. Alfalfa starts a detective agency and hires Porky and Buckwheat. Here's where it gets goofy--the three are accidentally deposited in a haunted house at the amusement park(!?!). There, they run about thinking all of this is real. It's really pretty dreadful and it's not a big surprise that this marks the final Hal Roach Our Gang film.
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