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Tale of a Dog (1944)

 -  Comedy | Family | Short  -  15 April 1944 (USA)
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When Bigshot Jones gives his dog to the All-For-One Club, Buckwheat names it 'Smallpox'. Froggy and Janet mistakenly think that Bigshot has given Buckwheat the disease of the same name. ... See full summary »

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When Bigshot Jones gives his dog to the All-For-One Club, Buckwheat names it 'Smallpox'. Froggy and Janet mistakenly think that Bigshot has given Buckwheat the disease of the same name. Froggy, Janet, and Mickey proceed to incite a panic in the town of Greenpoint by spreading rumors of a smallpox epidemic. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Though it was an "Our Gang Comedy," his short was actually sold to exhibitors as part of the "M-G-M Miniatures" series so as to be able to turn a profit ("Our Gang" had, by this time, become unprofitable to M-G-M). See more »

Goofs

In the film's very last scene - while Smallpox/Spotty is "talking" - the can of dog food on the bottom right is stacked *upside down,* while all the other cans are stacked right-side-up. See more »

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"Smallpox"/"Spotty" the Dog: My, oh my! That shol' is good news!
[final line in final Our Gang comedy]
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A cute and funny short
28 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Contrary to the defamatory statements made by so-called Our Gang critics Hal Erickson and Leonard Maltin, I found this to be an amusing film. I especially enjoyed the scenes of Buckwheat, Big Shot, and Smallpox the dog, the phone booth, Buckwheat covered with ice, and the talking animation of the dog at the end. I found this film to be funnier than so-called Little Rascals' classics such as "Dogs is Dogs" which I did not find to be funny at all. Give these MGM episodes a break. Release them together with of all of the other 88 Hal Roach talking episodes in packets of DVDs. While I'm at it, maybe somebody will find all of the missing films of the silent Our Gang episodes. That way, all 221 of them will be ready for packaged release on DVD. What a collection!


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