Story of a boy and his horse. Mike is the horse and is owned by Speck (Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer) and his best friend Jimmy (Rober "Buzz" Henry), together they have a paper route, on which ... See full summary »
Story of a boy and his horse. Mike is the horse and is owned by Speck (Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer) and his best friend Jimmy (Rober "Buzz" Henry), together they have a paper route, on which they deliver papers to customers via a wagon pulled by Mike. Recenlty a horse track has been built in the area and attracts horse breeder and racer Colonel Whiteny (Pierre Watkin). He takes out a subscription for delivery and meets Mike and Speck & Jimmy. Clever Jimmy talks both the Colonel and Speck into taking on the Colonel's pure bred race horses at the track with comedic results. Written by
"The Great Mike" is passable entertainment at best. What was once conceived as a family B-movie is today rather heavy-handed and silly. In fact, the only reason you might want to see it is to see how far and quickly Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer had fallen soon after his glory days in the Our Gang comedies. Here, he's given a terrible part--a dim-witted sidekick to a much younger and not particularly talented kid. From what I have read about the real-life Switzer, it was clearly a case of karma!
The film concerns a boy named Jimmy. Despite the IMDb summary, the film is all about him and HIS horse--not Speck (Switzer). Jimmy adores his horse and believes in him. And, although he's just a horse, it turns out he can run with the best of them and is a racehorse at heart. Can Jimmy and his nag save the farm and keep the family from bankruptcy? What do you think?!?!
The plot and writing are not particularly good--and a bit sticky at times. In many ways, it's the sort of production that might have worked in the old days but now it just seems third-rate and completely predictable and silly. Not worth your time unless you are a die-hard Alfalfa fan!
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