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Curley -- A high-spirited group of youngsters, lead by the mischevious Curley, become distressed when their beloved schoolteacher gets married and moves out of town. Fearing they won't like her replacement, they play pranks on their new schoolteacher, then discover they mistook the teacher's aunt for their new teacher. She ends up being young, pretty, and very nice. Part of the Hal Roach Comedy Carnival.


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23 August 1947 (USA) See more »
He's all boy! He's all joy! He's CURLEY. (poster).
A mischievous kid and his friends torment their school teachers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Does anyone want to be "well-read?"
 (From Roger Ebert's Blog. 23 April 2011, 9:10 PM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)
Larry Olsen ... William Benson aka Curley

Frances Rafferty ... Mildred Johnson
Eilene Janssen ... Betty
Dale Belding ... Speck
Peter Miles ... Dudley aka Dud (as Gerald Perreau)
Ardda Lynwood ... Ardda Benson
Kathleen Howard ... Aunt Martha
Edna Holland ... Miss Payne
Rene Beard ... Dis (as Renee Beard)
Donald King ... Dat
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Woodell ... Mrs. Benson (scenes deleted)
Billy Andrews ... Biff (uncredited)
Guy Beach ... Station Master (uncredited)
Robert Bentley ... Lt. Col. Robert Martin (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Elizabeth Evans Martin (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Charlie - 2nd Baggage Man (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... First Baggage Man (uncredited)
Billy Gray ... Sandy (uncredited)
Gene Holland ... Hank Peters (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Farmer (uncredited)
George McDonald ... Bozo (uncredited)
James Menzies ... Jimmie (uncredited)
Thomas Menzies ... Tommie (uncredited)
Georgie Nokes ... Chuck (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Fred Trowbridge ... Train Conductor (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernard Carr 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dorothy Davenport  (as Dorothy Reid)
Mary McCarthy  additional dialogue
Robert F. McGowan  story

Produced by
Robert F. McGowan .... producer
Hal Roach Jr. .... executive producer
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
John W. Boyle 
Film Editing by
Bert Jordan 
Art Direction by
Jerome Pycha Jr. 
Set Decoration by
William Stevens 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hollingsworth Morse .... assistant director
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... photographic effects
Music Department
Heinz Roemheld .... musical director

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Also Known As:
"Curley and His Gang in the Haunted House" - USA (video title)
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53 min
Color (Cinecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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One of two attempts by Hal Roach to revive his Our Gang (Little Rascals) films. The other was Who Killed Doc Robbin? (1948).See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Valentine to the Teacher, 29 June 2007
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Not quite a feature length film, the movie runs about an hour. It's a rather curious featurette, an apparent attempt to revive Our Gang-type humor following the horrors of WWII. The trouble is that the kids don't quite gel, while Larry Olsen in the lead just doesn't seem the really mischievous little rascal he's supposed to be. Unfortunately, this is a long way from Alfalfa and Spanky. There are some funny set-ups, including a madcap go-cart that kids really loved when I sat in the front row, lo, so many years ago.

I have to confess that my real purpose here is to send a belated valentine to the big girl who captivated me then (when I hated girls) and still does whenever I chance to see her-- the ever lovely and beguiling Frances Rafferty. Seeing her now in the teacher's role, I realize what an indelibly sparkling presence she was. It's really her sloe-eyed beauty and physical grace that injects life and energy into this minor production. There's an unforced naturalness here that's perfect for the role. I guess she never had the big Hollywood career she probably hoped for. Maybe she was too athletic as her decathlon skills prove in the surprisingly feminist picnic scene. (Watch her "float like a butterfly", even though she refuses to "sting like a bee".) But whatever the reasons behind her career, she certainly made a life-long impression on this front-row kid. Thank you, Frances, and may you rest in peace.

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