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Unexpected Riches (1942)

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After getting scale saying that their will be unexpected riches, the Our Gang are soon tricked by another kid to do a chore that he needs to do, thinking that they're going to get rich. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Mickey (as Bobby Blake)
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:
Ernie Alexander ...
Mickey's father
Margaret Bert ...
Mickey's mother
Symona Boniface ...
Extra in Froggy's dream
Willa Pearl Curtis ...
Big Shot's mother
Barry Downing ...
Kenneth 'Ken' Reed
Stanley Logan ...
Extra in Froggy's dream
Big Shot ...
Big Shot
Emmett Vogan ...
Mr. Reed, Ken's father
Ernestine Wade ...
Bit in Buckwheat's dream
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After getting scale saying that their will be unexpected riches, the Our Gang are soon tricked by another kid to do a chore that he needs to do, thinking that they're going to get rich. This is the final "Our Gang" short for the character Spanky. Written by rocknrollunderdawg

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Comedy | Family | Short

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28 November 1942 (USA)  »

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$19,911 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)
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Final Our Gang appearance of George 'Spanky' McFarland. See more »

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

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Bye Spanky
28 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After appearing in 95 Our Gang's over 11 years, Unexpected Riches marked the departure of arguably the most recognizable character of the entire series, George "Spanky" McFarland. To be fair, Hal Roach would've probably cut him loose several years before it dawned on MGM that he was 14. As the MGM entries go, Unexpected Riches isn't the worst by far--- it explores the dreams of kids in sort of a Mark Twain-esque context and doesn't deviate from what we've come to know about each member of the gang. Yeah, there's some un-PC thoughts banging around in Buckwheat's head involving handing out watermelons and fried chicken on the dark side of town from a limo... but getting past that, Unexpected Riches looks like Citzen Kane compared to the likes of Robot Wrecks and 1-2-3 Go! Or for that matter, pick any of the later painfully-unfunny 'message' shorts that the studio dumped on the public. All in all this is a throw-back to the so-so scripts done by Hal Roach, only with better MGM production values. Being the best of the late MGM installments isn't admittedly saying much, but you have to rate 'em accordingly--- at least Spanky left on a relative high note. 4 out of 10.


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