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Election Daze (1943)

 -  Family | Short | Comedy  -  31 July 1943 (USA)
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Cast

Credited cast:
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Mickey (as Bobby Blake)
Janet Burston ...
Janet (as Our Gang)
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ...
Froggy (as Our Gang)
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Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Richard Hall ...
Happy (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert J. Anderson ...
Club member (as Bobby Anderson)
Joan Blake ...
Club Member
Buz Buckley ...
Club member
Freddie Chapman ...
Club member
Robert Ferrero ...
Club member (unconfirmed)
Vincent Graeff ...
Club member (as Billy Ray Smith)
Jackie Horner ...
Club member
Mickey Laughlin ...
Club member
Valerie Lee ...
Club member
Tommy Tucker ...
Club member
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(TCM print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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According to Leonard Maltin and Richard Bann in their 1992 "Little Rascals" book, "Election Daze" was released while the wartime presidential campaign between Thomas Dewey and Franklin D. Roosevelt (who, of course, won) was in progress. See more »

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

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this is an interesting political satire
18 September 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Many of the MGM Our Gang shorts have gotten a bad rap (and sometimes deservedly so). And the spotty humor of shorts like Election Daze is probably why.

And yet, after watching this short recently, I came to the conclusion that much of the humor is a subtle stab at the cynicism of politics. I mean consider this: Mickey and Froggy both run for club president. They both combine election speeches with bribery (Mickey gives out lemonade, Froggy gives out jelly beans). This behavior is not unlike today's politicians who seek to win favor with voters and special interest groups. The funniest part of the film is Froggy dressed in an over-sized outfit that looks better suited for Teddy Roosevelt, proclaiming, "When you think of jelly beans, think of me!" As he's trying to deliver his speech, a heckler constantly blows on a noise-maker (again, not unlike the political hecklers of today, only they do it loudly and with signs).

The topper is when Froggy and Mickey, with the electoral results ending in a tie, decide to literally divide the clubhouse, and have their meetings simultaneously at opposite ends. Does this remind anyone of the perpetual polarization of the US?

What this short may lack in consistent humor, it makes up for in its insightful jab at politics!


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