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Goin' Fishin' (1940)

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The Our Gang decide to go fishing in the morning. However, when on the bus, things start to stall along the way before they get to their stop.


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Credited cast:
Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
Spanky (as Our Gang)
Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Leonard 'Percy' Landy ...
Leonard (as Our Gang)
Paul Hurst ...
Bus conductor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Hall ...
Man on bus
Robert Homans ...
Police officer
Arthur Hoyt ...
Man on bus
Anne O'Neal ...
Woman on bus


The Our Gang kids are preparing for a fishing trip they are taking tomorrow morning, specifically by bus to the East River. They figure that they better arrive early, which means taking the first bus of the day, or else the fish will not be biting. With the help of a policeman, the kids are able to meet that first bus. But their fishing trip may not happen unless they, the bus operators and the bus passengers can all get together to get the bus going. Written by Huggo

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our gang | children | See All (2) »


Family | Comedy | Short





Release Date:

26 October 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bus Boys  »

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$21,711 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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what an enjoyable story!
24 November 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

.....and that's all too seldom in the MGM Our Gang series.

What a neat idea: the Gang takes a bus to go fishing with tons of equipment, much to the frustration of an already-irritable conductor. This is one of those plot ideas that just can't fail.

Some of the best scenes involves a running gag in which each Gang member stumbles onto the double-decker bus with all their fishing gear, and the conductor yells at each kid to pay the fare; each kid keeps saying: "Mickey's got it!" And, naturally, Mickey is the last kid to get on the bus.

There's another funny scene in which the Gang learns that the bus is heading to the West River (and doesn't everyone know kids fish in the East River?). They're about to get off the bus (further delaying the bus's departure ), when the conductor convinces them that the fishing is better in the West River -- he even goes so far as to name each and every fish that lives in the West River!

Other scenes work as well. Aside from that, the Gang looks pretty good in this short. The acting is fairly natural (which is commonly a stretch for these aging young actors). Even Mickey isn't his usual whiny, obnoxious self (no offense to Robert Blake). What's more, the kids' innocence is priceless; at the end of the film, the bus leaves them at the bus stop, zooming away at double-speed. "I think that conductor was sore at us," says Alfalfa. "Yeah," replies Mickey, "I wonder why?"

The actor is plays the poor conductor is perfectly cast, as are the harangued passengers on the bus. Commenting on the delay, one man moans, "I'd have been better off if I'd walked to work!"

What a wonderful film!

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