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Tale of a Dog (1944)

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When Bigshot Jones gives his unnamed dog to the All-For-One Club, Buckwheat quickly named the canine, "Smallpox". When Froggy, Mickey, Janet all other Our Gang members first hear, they ... See full summary »

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When Bigshot Jones gives his unnamed dog to the All-For-One Club, Buckwheat quickly named the canine, "Smallpox". When Froggy, Mickey, Janet all other Our Gang members first hear, they 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, causing everyone that hear them, as they are warning all others around them, to jump to a wrong conclusion. Some even list their house address as "quarantined". Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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The last "Our Gang" short to be produced. See more »

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In the film's very last scene - while Smallpox, who was just renamed 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 sho' is good news!
[sho is African-American slang]
"Smallpox"/"Spotty" the Dog: [Final line of an an Our Gang comedy short, in 35 years. The next Our Gang short was an animated special, that was filmed in 1979. A Christmas special, The Little Rascals' Christmas Special was filmed in Spring of 1979, was also 'Darla Hood's acting role. She died on Wednesday, June 13th, 1979, from acute hepatitis]
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Smallpox, (just renamed Spotty) the dog's mouth speaking, as it says: My, oh my! That sho' is good news! See more »

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Featured in Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse (1984) See more »

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Not too bad until Mickey, Froggy and Janet become involved
12 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oddly enough, I found the first minute or so with Buckwheat and Big Shot discussing the dog to be a warm, endearing scene. Buckwheat's decision to call the dog "Smallpox" is rather contrived, but the scene still feels more natural than you might expect. Later, there are a couple of funny little digs at gossipy housewives (who all attended the Margaret Hamilton finishing school, it seems) and the phone booth bit IS kind of amusing (but is there no other phone booth in this dang town?) but, alas, it's all capped off by another lecture, which seems to be the only thing MGM honed down to a fine science in these shorts.

Better than the usual MGM short, because there's some attempt at gags and some characterization. Not a terrible way to end the series.


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