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Duel Personalities (1939)

 -  Family | Comedy | Short  -  11 March 1939 (USA)
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While under a hypnotic spell, Alfalfa thinks he's one of the Three Musketeers and challenges Butch to a duel.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Grace Bohanon ...
Girl Looking over Fence
Tommy Bond ...
Shirley Coates ...
Muggsy
John Davidson ...
Prof. William Delmore (hypnotist)
Lester Dorr ...
Man in crowd
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Darwood Kaye ...
Sidney Kibrick ...
Jo Jo La Savio ...
Kid Near Corner of Fence
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Priscilla Lyon
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Mary Beth Milford ...
Woman in crowd
Allan Randall ...
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While under a hypnotic spell, Alfalfa thinks he's one of the Three Musketeers and challenges Butch to a duel.

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our gang | children

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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One of the (few) better MGM OUR GANG's
28 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MGM did lots of things quite well... with 'all the stars in the heavens' they could knock out dramas, weepers, and make their lowliest B picture look like most other studios' A list product. MGM's weaknesses in the 30's were in their musicals (which would soon vastly improve with the creation of the so-called Freed unit and the hiring of the multi-talented Vincent Minnelli) and most noticeably with their comedies. Where MGM really dropped the ball was with their handling of the OUR GANG shorts--- for all it's strengths, the industry's premier studio never brought in any one person to personally supervise the long running series they purchased from Hal Roach in 1937. This lack of interest would result in an agonizingly slow and unfunny decline in these final 51 entries. Most critics agree that the best of the MGM OUR GANGS barely meet the intangible qualities of even the most mediocre Hal Roach productions. DUEL PERSONALITIES, the 9th MGM OUR GANG short, happens to be one of the better ones. Alfalfa falls under the influence of a hypnotist (well played by serial actor John Davidson) who convinces the cow-lick he's D'Artagnan and that he should not allow his girl (Darla, of course) to be stolen away by Butch... so Alfalfa challenges Butch to a duel. Darla overhears how the winner's to be chosen and plays the rivalry to the hilt and turns the table on the boys by ending up with Waldo (Darwood Kaye). Look for Doodles Weaver (Sigourney's uncle) as the goofy assistant. The MGM OUR GANG's are a challenge to rate--- judged against a Roach, this would be a 5, within the dismal context of the MGM shorts, a 9.


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