Hal Roach, who no longer owned the rights to his "Our Gang" (aka The Little Rascals") creation, decided to "create" a similar gang of kids, to be known as "Curley and his Gang", and star them in feature-length films shot in Cinecolor. This film is the first effort, and is virtually a remake, with longer running time, of the 1930 "Our Gang" short, "Teacher's Pet." The kids are fretting because their favorite teacher has gotten married and departed town, and they fear her replacement will be not to their liking. When Curley mistakes the aunt of the new replacement as being the new teacher, he and the rest of the kids make plans to discourage her staying. Mortification sets in when the new teacher turns out to be sweet, young and pretty. Jackie Cooper and June Marlowe had the smitten kid/teacher roles in the original. Robert F. McGowan, who directed and wrote the original short, gets story credit here, and was also the Associate Producer. Written by
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Curley was the first of two attempts of Hal Roach to revive "Our Gang" without using that name
This was the first of two efforts of Hal Roach Studios to basically revive the "Our Gang" series without using that name (since it was now exclusively owned by M-G-M, forcing Roach to retitle the syndication prints of his shorts "The Little Rascals") with Who Killed Doc Robbin? the other one. One of the members was Rene Beard, little brother of Stymie. I watched this on Amazon TV with some people in back of me talking through it so whatever enjoyment I got out of this was mainly in the visual humor presented throughout. I did recognize this as a partial remake of the Gang talkie short Teacher's Pet with the kids once again assuming something bad about the new teacher. Anyway, Curley was pretty enjoyable for what it was.
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