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Happy (as Our Gang)
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Mary Burston, Janet's mother
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Mr. Tom Jones
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Aunt Aurelia
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Aurelia Burston, Janet's sister
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Mrs. Mary Jones
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Jasper Burston, Janet's father
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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. 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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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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since when did Our gang start doing tragedies??
14 October 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I propose that the writers of "Family Troubles" held the following brainstorming session regarding the so-called comic potential for the story ---

Writer #1: "Tell me what you guys think of this: we start off the film with Janet drowning in tears because she feels her family doesn't love her anymore."

Other writers: "HEY, THAT'S FUNNY! HO HO HO HA HA HA! WHAT A BEGINNING!"

Writer #2: "OK, if you think THAT'S funny, how's this: the Gang tries to to get an elderly couple to adopt Janet, and this couple tries to teach Janet a lesson by making her life twice as miserable!"

Other Writers: "HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HAW HAW HAW HAW! WHERE DO YOU GUYS COME UP WITH THIS? WHAT A RIOT!"

Writer #3: "Oh, this will be surpass even that -- at the end of the movie, Froggy happily says: 'All's well that ends well, I always say.' Then Janet's father corrects him: 'Froggy, Shakespeare said that.' 'He did?? Shucks!' yells Froggy.

Other writers: "OH, MY STOMACH! WOO HOO HAA HAA WAA HAA HAA! WE SHOULD ALL GET A RAISE, WE'RE SO DARNED FUNNY!"

And that, my friends, is how "funny" this movie is.


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