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The car carrying a casting director for Mammoth Picture Studios has a flat tire next to a baseball field where the Our Gang are playing. Bill Patterson, the movie director notices Rover, ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Mickey (as Bobby Blake)
Janet Burston ...
Janet (as Our Gang)
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ...
Froggy (as Our Gang)
Spanky (as Our Gang)
Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Stephen McNally ...
Bill Patterson, director
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert J. Anderson ...
Batter hitting fly ball (as Bobby Anderson)
Studio clerk
Freddie Chapman ...
Tony, second batter
Clyde Dembeck ...
Billy Finnegan ...
Ben Hall ...
Bert LeBaron ...
Hugh McCormack ...
Professor Ventriloko
Byron Shores ...
J.D. Broderick, casting director


The car carrying a casting director for Mammoth Picture Studios has a flat tire next to a baseball field where the Our Gang are playing. Bill Patterson, the movie director notices Rover, the Gang's talented dog, as he watches the baseball game, (and his automobile flat tire is being replaced). The casting director invites the gang to bring their dog for a screen test. On the appointed day, the gang arrive at the studio with their high hopes staked upon Rover's success . . . Written by Thomas McWilliams <>

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Comedy | Family | Short





Release Date:

22 August 1942 (USA)  »

Box Office


$21,872 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)
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Did You Know?


Out of 52 of the MGM-produced Our Gang shorts, eight of them lost money during their initial release... and Rover's Big Chance was one of these, losing nearly $1,800 after post-production costs were calculated. See more »


[after being benched, for errors mis-handling the baseball, Spanky sent Fatty off the field of teammates and Froggy suggested Rover could replace Fatty]
Fatty: I should have been born a dog.
[in frustration]
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Crazy Credits

After the Our Gang members and Rover fail at the studio, as they start to leave, Professor Vetnriloko asks how their day at the studio went (with his dummy) Froggy's voice is heard as if Rover answered Professor Ventriloko's question. See more »


Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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Rover had no chance.
10 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are only vague echoes of the real "Our Gang" in this short. Alas, the problem again is that the kids don't sell it too well anymore. Also, MGM's pacing leaves a lot to be desired. The film opens with a whole minute (out of ten) of the studio executive reading a script that has little or nothing to do with the short. Then the executive's car has a flat tire next to "the Our Gang's" baseball game. There are a couple of funny bits here and there, in the sense that you know someone thought it must have been humorous, even if it wasn't.

Then we get to the audition, and there's only one mild chuckle when a ventriloquist says "And I'm Rover!" Froggy eating dog biscuits SHOULD be funny, but the pacing is so off and Froggy's so sluggish that it doesn't come off well at all. Spanky's become so phony it's depressing, and, oh, is that Janet irritating.

What we have, in essence, is another dull and plodding bare-bones plot outline masquerading as entertainment. Thanks, MGM.

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