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Mr. Henry owns a service station next to young Mrs. Baker's lunch counter. He is too shy to get the words out and tell Widow Baker that he loves her and her young son. The day of the town's... See full summary »

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Mr. Henry owns a service station next to young Mrs. Baker's lunch counter. He is too shy to get the words out and tell Widow Baker that he loves her and her young son. The day of the town's annual fathers and sons picnic arrives. The Our Gang ask Mr. Henry to take Mickey Baker along since the boy's father is dead. The picnic goes well and Mr. Henry gets the courage to ask Mrs. Baker for her hand in marriage, and she happily accepts. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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21 October 1939 (USA)  »

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Dad for a Day wasn't a bad showcase for Robert Blake in the Our Gang series
18 January 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This M-G-M comedy short, Dad for a Day, is the one hundred eighty-fifth entry in the "Our Gang" series and the ninety-seventh talkie. Mickey's mom runs the coffee shop and a Mr. Henry is the gas station attendant next door. When Mr. Henry is at the coffee shop, he keeps ordering the coffee though he really likes Mickey's mom, who seems to think the same thing about him but neither says anything. At the gang meeting, Spanky reminds the members about the Father-Son picnic on Sunday which gets Mickey crying and abruptly leaving as Spank and Alfalfa asks what's wrong with him, forgetting he's fatherless. I'll stop there and just say that I thought both Leonard Maltin and Richard W. Bann-the authors of the definitive Our Gang filmography book-may have been a little harsh in criticizing Robert Blake's performance when crying as he didn't seem as insipid as I had feared when watching this again after nearly 40 years. The rest of the stuff after that was fine with both Louis Jean Heydt and Peggy Shannon aces as Mr. Henry and Mickey's mom. They'd both return in the series in All About Hash. So on that note, I recommend Dad for a Day. P.S. Since I always like to cite whenever a player from my favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life, appears elsewhere, I feel I should note the nice appearance of Mary Treen as a receptionist here-similar to her role in IAWL complete with wisecracks. And if Spanky's father here sounds familiar, well, it's because he's played by Arthur Q. Bryan, Elmer Fudd in the Bugs Bunny cartoons!


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