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Alfalfa's Aunt (1939)

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

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Porky (as Our Gang)
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Spanky (as Our Gang)
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Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
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Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Gary Jasgur ...
Slapsie (as Our Gang)
Leonard 'Percy' Landy ...
Leonard (as Our Gang)
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Martha Switzer
Marie Blake ...
Aunt Penelope
William Newell ...
John Switzer
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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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7 January 1939 (USA)  »

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The date of release: Saturday, January 7th, 1939, was 6 days before superstition date to some, "Friday, the 13th". See more »

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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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Alfalfa's Aunt was a funny and atmospheric Our Gang short
12 January 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This M-G-M comedy short, Alfalfa's Aunt, is the one hundred seventy-sixth entry in the "Our Gang" series and the eighty-eighth talkie. Penelope (Marie Blake) is the title character in this short. She's visiting the Switzer household to the consternation of the father who's not thrilled about her visit. She had previously been an aspiring sculptor that this dad had to pose half-naked for so that's one reason he doesn't like her. This time, though, she's practicing mystery writing using the actual family name in the manuscript. Alf inadvertently gets a hold of a page-written in the first person-that mentions the planned murder of the nephew and gets scared of his supposed favorite relative. So when he tells the rest of the gang, they do all they can to rid the house of sharp and poisonous objects...This was one of the funniest of the early M-G-M entries of the Our Gang series with great atmospherics courtesy of director George Sidney and cinematographer Jackson Rose. And Ms. Blake is suitably eccentric enough in the title role. So on that note, I highly recommend Alfalfa's Aunt.


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