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Bubbling Troubles (1940)

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To impress Darla, Alfalfa drinks a concoction of Butch's "dynamite" brew.




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Credited cast:
Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
Darla (as Our Gang)
Spanky (as Our Gang)
Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Leonard 'Percy' Landy ...
Leonard (as Our Gang)
Butch (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfalfa's Mom
Bobby 'Tasket' Jones ...
Rollie 'Tisket' Jones ...
Butch's Dad
William Newell ...
Alfalfa's Dad
Explosives worker


To impress Darla, Alfalfa drinks a concoction of Butch's "dynamite" brew.

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Comedy | Family | Short





Release Date:

25 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In Love Again  »


Box Office


$20,349 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,426, 31 May 1940
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bubbling Troubles (1940) was not only the final appearance of (imaginary rival) Tommy Bond, later nicknamed 'Butch'. Tommy Bond's acting career started shortly after George 'Spanky' McFarland. Both started in 1932. Spanky's debut was in Free Eats (1932) and Tommy Bond's debut was in the very next Our Gang short, Spanky (1932). See more »


Alfalfa's younger twin brothers, Tisket and Tasket, appear to be different people acting, the duo, in Alfalfa's final short, Kiddie Kure. They say nothing, in either short but appear to be larger in size and wear cowlick hair or wigs, in Bubbling Troubles. See more »

Crazy Credits

As Alfalfa looks at his vegetable soup, in the bowl, Darla Hood's face, with a smile appears on top of his soup, then Butch face's appears and growls (as if he wants to scare Alfalfa), leading Alfalfa to re-stir his soup bowl. See more »


Featured in The 56th Annual Academy Awards (1984) See more »

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Trouble is Correct
19 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

Bubbling Troubles (1940)

** (out of 4)

Alfalfa grows tired of Butch always impressing Darla. When Butch is mixing a special "potion," Alfalfa decides to call his bluff by drinking the potion, which soon has Alfalfa bloating up. Soon he and the gang fear that he's really got dynamite in his stomach. BUBBLING TROUBLES certainly has a lot of trouble but then again so was the entire MGM series by this point. It's easy to see why the series was starting to lose fans because it seems each new episode is just so poorly done that you can't help but wonder why the studio even bothered. You've also got to wonder why some people still enjoyed the shorts because it's clear the writers weren't trying to do anything other than get something on the screen no matter how little there was to it. This short here isn't horrible but at the same time there's just nothing all that interesting going on. The only highlight of the film is when the gang thinks that Alfalfa has exploded and they go to tell his parents that he won't be home for dinner. The rest of the film just contains bad gags (like Alfalfa's brothers) and scenes that just drag on (in Butch's laboratory). Only the die-hard fans of the series should try this one.

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