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Robot Wrecks (1941)

 -  Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi  -  12 July 1941 (USA)
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While visiting Black's Department Store, the Our Gang observe "Volto" a publicity robot in the appliance department. Unaware that the robot is actually an actor in a costume, the Our Gang ... See full summary »

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Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
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Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ...
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Fred Walburn ...
Slicker
Vincent Graeff ...
Boxcar
Margaret Bert ...
Julia Laughlin, Froggy's mother
Joan Blake ...
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Mr. Laughlin, Froggy's father
Emmett Vogan ...
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While visiting Black's Department Store, the Our Gang observe "Volto" a publicity robot in the appliance department. Unaware that the robot is actually an actor in a costume, the Our Gang resolve to build one of their own. The neighborhood bully takes advantage of the gang's ignorance and sells them a box of "invisible rays" to fuel the gang's creation. Actually, neighborhood tough guy "Boxcar" climbs inside to animate the robot. He runs amok, using the lawn mower to destroy flower and vegetable gardens. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi | Short

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12 July 1941 (USA)  »

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Frankenstein, Jr.  »

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The worst of the worst!
28 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robot Wrecks should have been a great Our Gang entry--- the basic idea of building kid's robot slave in the days soon after the World of Tomorrow sounds pretty cool. Alas, sounds can be deceiving. Robot Wrecks blows the premise by bastardizing the robot by stuffing it with Billy Ray "Boxcar" Smith and allegedly fueling it with "invisible rays" and then selling it to one of their usual foes, Freddie "Slicker" Walburn (who's atypically gullible here). Voices are obviously dubbed, the acting is excruciating to watch and the only remotely funny aspect is that the writers could get even kids to recite the dialog (blame Hal Law and Robert A. McGowan). Sadly, future MGM Our Gangs would rival this deplorable production. If I could give this less than 0 stars I would.


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