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The Awful Tooth (1938)

 |  Comedy, Family, Short  |  28 May 1938 (USA)
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When one of the Our Gang kids finds money under his pillow after losing a tooth, all the kids decide to get rich by having all their teeth pulled. They visit a dentist, Dr. Schultz, who ... See full summary »

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When one of the Our Gang kids finds money under his pillow after losing a tooth, all the kids decide to get rich by having all their teeth pulled. They visit a dentist, Dr. Schultz, who scares them out of their plan (and probably out of ever seeing a dentist again.) Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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George 'Spanky' McFarland is not in this and four other shorts, due to being loaned to R-K-O Pictures for Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus (1938). In order the five shorts' titles, without 'Spanky' are Feed 'em and Weep (1938), The Awful Tooth (1938), Hide and Shriek (1938). Two were filmed at MGM, The Little Ranger (1938) and Party Fever (1938). See more »

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Spoofs The Awful Truth (1937) See more »

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Dental horror does not equal comedy
25 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hal Roach was quickly winding down Our Gang production by mid-1938. He instituted a cost cutting measure 2 years earlier by dropping the series back to one reel (roughly 10 minutes) after the final 2-reeler, Arbor Day was completed. The Awful Tooth ranks as one of the worst of the Roach-produced entries, primarily because it suffers from exactly what would become habitual once the series moved over to MGM: it ain't funny! Aside from the title word play on Leo McCarey's 1937 screwball comedy what you've got here is Alfalfa getting the crap scared out of him by a sadistic dentist (played by erstwhile movie drunk, Jack Norton)... not exactly the kind of thing audiences might see as funny, and it isn't. Okay, the series was already 16 years old at this point, and with 167 entries (not counting the feature flop, General Spanky in 1936) there's bound to be some duds in the bunch. This is definitely one of them. With the completion of the following entry, Hide and Shriek, Roach would end all short subject production--- the product his unique independent studio was built on.


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