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Spook Spoofing (1928)

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As a joke, several members of the gang convince Farina, who is "brave but superstitious", that he's caused the demise of a young acquaintance and must therefore lay the body (actually still... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Joe Cobb ...
Joe
Jackie Condon ...
Jackie
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Mildred Kornman ...
Mildred
Jay R. Smith ...
Jay
Harry Spear ...
Harry
Pete the Dog ...
Pete
Bobby Dean ...
Bobby
Johnny Aber ...
Kid running
Charles A. Bachman ...
Officer
Charles Lloyd ...
Vendor
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Jean Darling ...
Jean (unconfirmed)
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As a joke, several members of the gang convince Farina, who is "brave but superstitious", that he's caused the demise of a young acquaintance and must therefore lay the body (actually still very alive) to rest in the old burying ground, under the watchful eye of "the graveyard witch". The joke backfires spectacularly on the pranksters. Written by Peter W. Many, Jr. (PMSusana)

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14 January 1928 (USA)  »

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Our Gang Scare-Fest Gets Better at the End
15 October 2006 | by (Burlington, VT) – See all my reviews

This short has a lot of funny moments, but it's too long (the longest of all the "Our Gang" shorts, I've heard), and leans too much on mocking the cowardice and gullibility of Farina, the sole black character in the film. The rest of the gang is reduced to a bunch of bullies. The more they pick on Farina, the slower and more annoying the film becomes.

The short picks up when Farina is tricked into entering a graveyard and the gang's pranks backfire, scaring them as much as Farina. Some of the gags are elaborate and even spooky, and the pace becomes lightning fast. I think if they had edited down the first half this would have been a classic.


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