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24 January 1942 (USA) See more »
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the music and dancing are good...but where's the Our Gang? See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)
Janet Burston ... Janet (as Our Gang)

Robert Blake ... Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ... Froggy (as Our Gang)

George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)

Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lavonne Battle ... Dancer
Sheila Brown ... Audience member
Shirley Doble ... Dancer (as Shirley Jean Doble)
Donna Jean Edmonsond ... Dancer
Eddie Ehrhart ... Violinist
James Gubitosi ... Audience Member

Dwayne Hickman ... (unconfirmed)
Dickie Humphreys ... Dancer
Roger Morris ... (unconfirmed)
Kay Tapscott ... Dancer
Frank Ward ... Extra dancer
Patricia Wheeler ... Dancer
Walter Wills ... Uncle Walt

Directed by
Edward L. Cahn 
Original Music by
David Snell (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jackson Rose 
Film Editing by
Leon Bourgeau 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Steven Granger .... choreographer
Gladys Reuvens .... choreographer

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11 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
the music and dancing are good...but where's the Our Gang?, 22 November 2004
Author: marjcbs from USA

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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