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Ye Olde Minstrels (1941)

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The gang wants to raise money for the Red Cross. Of course they decide to put on a show. With the help of Froggy's uncle, an old minstrel show man, they hire the Greenpoint Auditorium for ... See full summary »

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Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
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Darla (as Our Gang)
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ...
Froggy (as Our Gang)
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Spanky (as Our Gang)
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Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
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Joan Blake ...
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Bobby Browning ...
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Raphael Dolciame ...
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James Gubitosi ...
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Ralph Hodges ...
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Joline Karol ...
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Valerie Lee ...
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Marlene Mains ...
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Tommy McFarland ...
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Priscilla Montgomery ...
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The gang wants to raise money for the Red Cross. Of course they decide to put on a show. With the help of Froggy's uncle, an old minstrel show man, they hire the Greenpoint Auditorium for their event. The highlight is Walter Wills and the Our Gang doing a tribute to the great minstrel man George Primrose. It is reasonably faithful to the minstrel show art form with Spanky as interlocutor, and Mickey and Froggy as endmen. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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18 March 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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References Waldo's Last Stand (1940) See more »

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Camptown Races
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Written by Stephen Foster
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Supposing you have three talented child actors...
13 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...what would you do with them? Well, if you said put them on a stage with about a hundred other children so they could completely get lost in a crowd and do syncopated tambourine playing, you should have been writing for MGM in the forties! Back in the thirties, Hal Roach would make FUN of people who put kids up and made them perform like little shiny automatons. Now MGM's doing it as a matter of course. The concept behind this is a Red Cross benefit being orchestrated by some guy named Walter Wills, who's a household name even now, ha ha. The show culminates in a choreographed tap dance routine where the dancers suddenly sprout blackface as if by magic. And despite that the whole thing's still as memorable as a dog puddle in the middle of the street.

Poor Spanky. Poor Darla. And especially, poor Buckwheat.


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