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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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$20,062 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Spanky's father in this short, is most popular as the original "Elmer Fudd" voice actor, Arthur Q. Bryan. See more »

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[other Our Gang members are about to enter the office building, as they search for a temporary dad for Mickey]
Employment Agency Receptionist: [on the telephone] I'll read the factory for you madam. You want a chauffeur, who can take care of the baby, and do light housework. That'll be six dollars a week, as he furnishes you the lawnmower yes'm, I'll try, oh and you want one that can play a piano, yes madam good-bye.
[she then hangs up telephone]
Employment Agency Receptionist: She forgot the washing.
Employment Agency Receptionist: [seeing the Gang members walk in so quick] What do you want?
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Cute and Charming
14 February 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Dad for a Day (1939)

*** (out of 4)

The gang is about to have their father-son picnic but they then remember that Mickey (Robert Blake) doesn't have a father. They ask a gas station worker to be Mickey's father for a day and good things come from it. DAD FOR A DAY is pretty sappy, that I will admit, but at the same time it's incredibly cute and very much worth watching. The film plays for more drama than anything else, although there are a couple funny moments to be found. The highlight is certainly the scenes at the picnic when we see young Mickey finally smiling after getting to spend the day with someone he could look up to as a father. These scenes are pretty touching thanks in large part to an earlier scene where Mickey cries about not having someone there with him. I personally thought Blake did a very good job during both sequences and his performance certainly helped the picture. I also thought Louis Jean Heydt was extremely good as the would-be father. Fans of the series should enjoy this one as long as they don't go into it expecting some sort of wild comedy.


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