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The Big Premiere (1940)

 -  Family | Comedy | Short  -  9 March 1940 (USA)
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It is a premiere night at the Fox Carthay Circle theater, and the Our Gang show up to observe the festivities. But after the Gang causes a disruption, the police send them scurrying home. ... See full summary »

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Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
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Darla (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)
Darwood Kaye ...
Waldo (as Our Gang)
Shirley Coates ...
Muggsy (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Blake ...
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John Dilson ...
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Eddie Gribbon ...
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James Gubitosi ...
Larry Harris ...
Kid Who Must Get Home
Paul Hilton ...
Ethelreda Leopold ...
Irma Acacia
Arthur Mackey ...
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It is a premiere night at the Fox Carthay Circle theater, and the Our Gang show up to observe the festivities. But after the Gang causes a disruption, the police send them scurrying home. Not to worry--the Our Gang stage their own premiere night in the clubhouse barn. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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This was the final "Our Gang" short with Shirley Coates aka 'Muggsy'. See more »

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Alfalfa: Will you let me know when Nelson Eddy gets here? I want to shake hands with him 'cause he's a pretty good singer too.
[Proudly strokes throat]
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Better MGM effort
27 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spanky, Mickey, Buckwheat, Alfalfa and Darla are chased out of a movie premiere through some not-terribly-adept slapstick. Undeterred, they shoot their own movie with Waldo's camera and make a premiere of their own.

It's like they have all the elements of a good comedy but the pacing is all off. Buckwheat tries to put his feet in cement and ends up stuck. While this has the possibility for amusing consequences, it just lays there as a joke. The kids' movie itself is somewhat amusing, as the kids combine Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe and Cinderella into an incomprehensible story, and Robert Blake is actually cute when he isn't shoving kids aside to stay on camera. The kids' acting is also not as forced, but it certainly isn't as natural as it used to be. And the punchline, though not great, is acceptable. So it's not a complete waste of time, but no one could ever point to it as a how-to of comedy.


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