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Janet finds herself being treated unfairly by her family; her sister, Aurelia, receives all the attention, and she is constantly being scolded when she tries to obtain some attention. ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Mickey (as Bobby Blake)
Janet Burston ...
Janet Burston (as Our Gang)
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ...
Froggy (as Our Gang)
Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Mickey Laughlin ...
Happy (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Burston, Janet's mother
Harry C. Bradley ...
Mr. Tom Jones
Elspeth Dudgeon ...
Aunt Aurelia
Richard Hall ...
Little boy (as Dickie Hall)
Beverly Hudson ...
Aurelia Burston, Janet's sister
Sarah Padden ...
Mrs. Mary Jones
Byron Shores ...
Jasper Burston, Janet's father


Janet finds herself being treated unfairly by her family; her sister, Aurelia, receives all the attention, and she is constantly being scolded when she tries to obtain some attention. Despaired, she decides to run away from home. The gang call on an elderly couple (Tom and Mary Jones) to "adapt" Janet. To teach Janet a lesson, they agree to adopt her but make her life twice as miserable by making her scrub the floors. When Mrs. Jones calls Janet's family to take her back home, Janet and the gang run away to live in a cave. It is not long before they decide that the best thing to do is to return home. Janet finds herself lovingly reunited with her family. Her mother apologizes for her neglectful behavior and promises that it will never happen again. Written by anonymous

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Family | Short | Comedy





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3 April 1943 (USA)  »

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The short shows a net profit of $4,927.00 during the 1942-43 release season in MGM records. See more »

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See how bad Our Gang got...
24 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You've got to hand it to Our Gang. It began way back sometime in the late summer of 1922 and was carefully nurtured by Hal Roach and, in the best entries, his ace-kid's director Bob McGowan. Somewhere in the mid-30's Roach said he saw the writing on the wall for shorts (prematurely, in my opinion) and sold off the Our Gang series to his distributor, MGM. Trouble was, the mega-studio had no clue on how to handle comedy or the inclination to give the series the special attention it needed to thrive. All MGM could successfully do with it toward the end was shove the increasingly--- often painfully--- unfunny horts down the throats of their parent Loew's theater chain. Family Troubles is just about as bad as Our Gang could get with it's anemic 'the grass isn't always greener' plot. It's one of MGM's attempts at teaching a lesson--- a plot device avoided like the plague by Roach & Co. It ranks with Robot Wrecks as the bottom of the Our Gang barrel. Unfortunately, there would be 8 more shorts to follow before the series was quietly killed off. (No stars!)

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