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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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Mickey Blake (as Our Gang)
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Buckwheat Thomas (as Our Gang)
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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 »

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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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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) 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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