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Alfalfa thinks that his own aunt is plotting to murder him.




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Credited cast:
Porky (as Our Gang)
Spanky (as Our Gang)
Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Gary Jasgur ...
Slapsie (as Our Gang)
Leonard 'Percy' Landy ...
Leonard (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martha Switzer
Aunt Penelope
William Newell ...
John Switzer


Alfalfa's dilettante Aunt Penelope comes for a visit, and her latest kick is writing murder mysteries. But when Alfalfa finds a page from Penelope's manuscript, he thinks she is plotting his own murder. As night falls, Alfalfa summons the members of his "All for One Club" to protect him . . . Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Comedy | Family | Short





Release Date:

7 January 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)
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The date of release: Saturday, January 7th, 1939, was 1 day before Elvis Presley's 4th birthday, on Sunday, January 8th, 1939. See more »


Aunt Penelope: [reads a page of her story to John] "Dear X, I have discovered that only my nephew stands between me and the Switzer millions. So like the others, he shall die in agony - tonight - at the stroke of nine!"
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Truly the best of the MGM Our Gang shorts
12 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Funny from start to finish. Alfalfa believes a page from his aunt's mystery novel is actually a letter stating that his aunt will murder him.

Everyone is spot on in this short. Marie Blake is hilarious as the Margaret Hamilton-esquire aunt. The actor playing Alfalfa's father is funny too, especially in a scene where he barely tolerates her reading from her manuscript.

Other funny scenes include Spanky reading the "letter," whereupon Porky reaches out his hand and says, "Goodbye, Alfie." Even minor things like little Gary Jasgar attempting the "All for One" hand sign are amusing. Altogether it's enjoyable, and ranks right up there with the Hal Roach shorts.

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