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Calling All Kids (1943)

 -  Comedy | Family | Short  -  24 April 1943 (USA)
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The Our Gang kids salute the armed forces in a stage show.

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Cast

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Buckwheat (voice)
Joan Blake ...
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Mickey (as Bobby Blake)
Janet Burston ...
Janet / Carmen Miranda
Mark Daniels ...
NBC radio announcer
James Gubitosi ...
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Jackie Horner ...
Marlene Kinghorn ...
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ...
Marlene Mains ...
Virginia O'Brien
Tommy McFarland ...
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David Polonsky ...
Eleanor Taylor ...
Middle Marine
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Frank Ward ...
Second Marine
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The Our Gang kids salute the armed forces in a stage show.

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The Marine Hymn
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Great Impressions of the Golden Age Stars
28 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

This short stands out for the gang's crisp impressions of Judy Garland, Eddie 'Rochester" Anderson, Eleanor Powell, Carmen Miranda, Virginia O'Brien and Fred Astaire. When the gang go into this segment, it just builds and builds in funniness. If you are a classic movie buff (aka regular TCM watcher), you'll likely do a double take when you recall the films these pieces mimic - they're that good. My favorite was Marlene Mains' beautifully funny and spot on impression of Virginia O'Brien! I would watch the whole short again just to see it.

Apart from the cute impressions, the recruitment plot device featuring Froggy, Mickey et al. was likely created to cheer on the servicemen and women in 1943 and they families on the home front. An important initiative for the time.


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