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Melodies Old and New (1942)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Lavonne Battle
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Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
Sheila Brown
Janet Burston
Shirley Doble ...
(as Shirley Jean Doble)
Donna Jean Edmonsond
Eddie Ehrhart ...
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James Gubitosi ...
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Dickie Humphreys ...
Boy Jitterbug Dancer
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ...
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Roger Morris
Kay Tapscott ...
Girl Jitterbug Dancer
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Family | Short | Comedy

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24 January 1942 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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the music and dancing are good...but where's the Our Gang?
22 November 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is another one of those MGM mini-musicals in which the Our Gang kids seems almost peripheral, at least compared to the professional dancers in this film

In the beginning, we see the likes of Spanky, Buckwheat, Mickey, etc., as they ask Walter Wills to help them put on another show (sounds like "Ye Olde Minstrels II").

And in the opening number we do have Janet (in her pre-obnoxious days) doing a cute rendition of "Grandman Wore a Bustle." Then Spanky, Mickey, Buckwheat, and Froggy do a medley of songs. Each does a solo, except Buckwheat for some reason: perhaps he couldn't sing (though that didn't stop the other boys..heh heh).

Ironically, the best part of this short doesn't even involve the talents of Our Gang. This is where the professional child dancers come out to do show their stuff: they do the jitterbug, the Charleston, the boogie woogie, etc. It's really neat to watch.

With that said, I'm not entirely convinced I was watching an Our Gang short. It was more like a Dancing School recital with the Gang as supporting players. Still, it's an overall enjoyable film.


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