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Doin' Their Bit (1942)

 -  Family | Comedy | Short  -  18 July 1942 (USA)
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As part of their contribution to the war effort, the gang decides to stage a show for local servicemen.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Janet Burston ...
Janet (as Our Gang)
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Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ...
Froggy (as Our Gang)
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Spanky (as Our Gang)
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Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Freddie Chapman ...
Kid Playing Messenger Boy
Billy Finnegan ...
(unconfirmed)
Vincent Graeff ...
Kid Playing Taxi Driver
Beverly Hudson ...
Miss Liberty
Valerie Lee ...
Kid Representing Luxembourg
Lawrence Long Jr. ...
Milkman
Jackie Salling ...
(unconfirmed)
Edward Soo Hoo ...
Kid Representing China
Fred Walburn ...
Kid Representing France
Walter Wills ...
Mr. Wills
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As part of their contribution to the war effort, the gang decides to stage a show for local servicemen.

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18 July 1942 (USA)  »

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$28,306 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)
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This was the first MGM-produced short to lose money upon its initial release. See more »

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The Flag of Freedom
Music by Nathaniel Shilkret
Lyrics by Max Terr
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Their bit was for nothing
10 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poor Spanky and Buckwheat. MGM made them appear in drivel like this because they were under contract. It's sad to see them go downhill like this.

Needless to say, this is a "revue" short. Some guy who keeps reappearing to goad the kids into performing cutesy little numbers, goads the kids into performing cutesy little numbers. After a quick proto-Riverdance which is even more stultifyingly boring, Janet Burston sings "I Love a Man In Uniform" in a passable and yet not entertaining fashion. Spanky and Froggy then do an army camp skit with Froggy's raspy voice destroying the punchlines. Finally a young Virginia O'Brien wannabe sings about the Allies while solemn and depressed-looking kids parade by with flags. (Buckwheat gets the Haiti flag. Make of that what you will.) I think the war effort could have done without this "bit", and judging by the fact that this short was the first to lose money, I think America felt the same way about it.


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