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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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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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