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The Glorious Fourth builds to a glorious finish in this "Our Gang" short

9/10
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.
6 February 2008

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This Hal Roach comedy short, The Glorious Fourth, is the sixty-fourth in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series. While the rest of the gang have access to tiny explosives from Joe's mother's fireworks stand, Farina and sister Jannie make do with popping paper bags. Then Joe's mother leaves her son in charge of the stand and Farina gets 25 cents with the result of Farina getting a big fire-rocket from Joe and then Joe inadvertently blowing up his mother's business with it! Nearby, a scientist demonstrates to some men his Bahama Oil capsules which are a thousand times more strong than nitroglycerine. After the big explosion that startles both the men and the gang, the dog Pansy (actually Pete the Pup) eats the rest of the capsules before anyone noticed. So they run for their lives just as Pansy spits them all out at various moments causing havoc to a car that splits in pieces and the driver stuck hanging over a fire escape stair! Then there's the constant stepping over fresh cement amid the panic to the consternation of the man in charge of that before the end with the mother spanking Joe...Another hilarious "Our Gang" short directed with great panache by regular Robert McGowan. Those scenes with both the exploding fireworks stand (with the various little explosives causing hilarious havoc on all the adults including an inebriated Charlie Chase) and the car going up in a million pieces are the highlights here. Some of the scenes with Farina, especially when the gang throw active firecrackers at him and his sister, are a little uncomfortable, but other than that, this was a fine comedy short from the late silent era. P.S. Kudos again to the YouTube poster for including the LeRoy Shield "Little Rascals" score as performed by the Beau Hunks Orchestra as synchronization here.

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