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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)
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Joan Blake ...
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John Dilson ...
Theater Owner
Eddie Gribbon ...
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James Gubitosi ...
Larry Harris ...
Kid Who Must Get Home
Paul Hilton ...
Ethelreda Leopold ...
Irma Acacia
Arthur Mackey ...
Kid Who Must Get Home
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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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a talkie reworking of "Dogs of War," and almost as funny
12 December 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

It's nice to see the Gang on familiar grounds: seeing a real-life event with adults, and then trying to imitate it. It worked in "Robot Wrecks," and to a certain extent, it works in this short.

Just as in the adult premiere, several of the Gang members proudly make their entrance in the "big premiere" the kids plan. Buckwheat even tries to make "star footprints" by stepping into some gloppy cement which dries instantly ("Hey, I'm stuck!") What's rather funny is how he begins to doze off...which his feet still in the hard cement!

As for the movie the Gang makes, it's slightly funny at best...though there is one particularly amusing scene in which Darla proclaims, "Here comes my hero now, isn't he handsome?" expecting Alfalfa to enter on cue; instead, an errant goat wanders onto the set!

Finally, this short relies on the can't-miss gimmick of Alfalfa's unforgettably bad singing. This would be an otherwise ordinary scene, except that a hen roosted above, drops an egg in Alfalfa's mouth. After he swallows it, "cheep cheep" is heard through the rest of his song, followed by an animated chick coming out of his mouth. Probably one of the most ingenious comic scenes MGM delivered in an Our Gang film.

One of the few MGM shorts worth watching more than once!


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