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Practical Jokers (1938)

Passed  |   |  Short, Family, Comedy  |  17 December 1938 (USA)
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Butch has been playing practical jokes on the gang, but now they get their turn.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Our Gang ...
Children (uncredited)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie Blake ...
Butch's mother (uncredited)
Becky Bohanon ...
(uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Grace Bohanon ...
Girl Beside Butch (uncredited)
Tommy Bond ...
Butch (uncredited)
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Darla (uncredited)
Gary Jasgur ...
Gary (uncredited)
Sidney Kibrick ...
Woim (uncredited)
Leonard 'Percy' Landy ...
Leonard (uncredited)
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Porky (uncredited)
Joe Levine ...
Boy Beside Woim (uncredited)
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Spanky (uncredited)
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Alfalfa (uncredited)
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Buckwheat (uncredited)
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Butch has been playing practical jokes on the gang, but now they get their turn.

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Short | Family | Comedy

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Because It's Your Birthday Today (The Birthday Song)
Written by Nick Kenny and Charles Kenny
Performed by Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Sung a Butch's birthday party
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Nothing-ish short
1 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't think this is as bad as later MGM shorts. The kids still have their personality and seem very natural. The problem with this short is there doesn't seem to be anything IN it. Alfalfa and Spanky have revenge on practical-joking Butch by putting an explosive candle in his cake (which doesn't make THAT much of an explosion). That's it. A plot like this could take two minutes, but this takes ten, and pads out its running time by having Alfalfa (again) warble off-key for two minutes.

I did find some amusement in Tommy Bond's Durante impression, and Buckwheat's prank. So the short is not bad, not good, just not... anything. A basic time-killer.

You could do worse with your time, and you could do better.


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