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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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Our Gang ...
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Mickey Blake (as Our Gang)
Janet Burston ...
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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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Although technically not an Our Gang entry in the strictest sense (released as an MGM Miniature), this film was shot on a four-day shooting schedule (October 4-7 1943). Ironically it reversed a losing trend of the series by bringing in $4,372 in rental profits. The previous four Our Gang installments lost money during their initial releases. 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 sho' 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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Production Closes on "Our Gang"
10 August 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

It's a sad day for Big Shot Jones (Cordell Hickman), who has been ordered to get rid of his dog. The problem is solved when Buckwheat Thomas (Billie Thomas) agrees to take ownership. He names the dog "Smallpox" and takes it to the clubhouse. Froggy (Billy Laughlin), Mickey (Robert Blake) and Janet (Janet Burston) arrive and overhear the boys talking. They mistakenly assume Buckwheat and Big Shot have smallpox. They inform the Greenpoint health officer and, soon, the entire town is in a panic. This is the penultimate "Our Gang" comedy released, and the last one filmed; this is most interesting for that fact. They had a great, 20-year run and more than duplicated that success in television re-runs.

***** Tale of a Dog (4/15/44) Cyril Endfield ~ Billie Thomas, Billy Laughlin, Robert Blake, Janet Burston


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