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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 did not appear in this due to being on loan to RKO for Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus (1938). See more »

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Spoofs The Awful Truth (1937) See more »

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Rather dark and cruel! And, I liked it that way!
3 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Wow, are the kids stupid in this very late Our Gang comedy. When they hear that Buckwheat got a dime for losing a tooth, they decide that they can make a fortune if they can convince the dentist to yank out ALL their teeth!! That way they can all buy new baseball gloves! However, the dentist (Jack Norton) is a bit of a sadist and decides to teach them a lesson--by scaring the pants off them!! He grabs Alfalfa and pretends he's going to yank them--and, according to him, it "might take hours!". It's a wonder if any of them will ever see a dentist again after this one!! Fortunately, he turns out to be a pretty good guy in the end. It's all VERY dark...but also funny in a cruel sort of way. I am sure it alienated some of the fans, but I thought this was a nice departure for the series.

Like the last few Our Gang shorts by Hal Roach Studios, Spanky is not in this film. Apparently he'd been loaned out to RKO for a full-length film and would return once the series was sold to MGM and retitled 'The Little Rascals'.


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