The gang is participating in a program sponsored by the Golden Age Dramatic League. They present their own fractured version of Quo Vadis? (1924). Things go from bad to worse when the ... See full summary »
Robert A. McGowan
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney,
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins,
Farina's mother is very ill and the mortgage is due. He tries to take over her laundry business, but the kids just wreck the clothes. Joe takes pity and devises a scheme to make money: the gang builds their own oil well.
Robert F. McGowan
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
One of the most bizarre Our Gang comedies ever made
This is a really strange, but thought provoking film. Here, beloved Mary literally lets Harry Spear kick her behind, spend her money on him, and forces her to push his kiddie car, all so that she could get the occasional joy of watching Harry "Wiggle His Ears." Armchair Freudians and double-entendre fans will quickly get the "joke" here. He quickly dumps Mary for pintsized blonde bombshell Jean Darling. What happens? You'll see.
This is all quite strange and unsettling on a number of counts. It's difficult to accept as comedy a scene where a little girl like Mary is being kicked in the buttocks and abused in other ways by Harry. Farina gives Mary advice on how to "Win your man and be a flapper." The sight of Mary in tight clothes and heavy makeup is REALLY creepy, not to mention the very idea of kids being used to satirize adult sexual relationships. However, the film works as a conversation piece and would especially play well if shown to a college classroom to discuss gender issues. That aside, it leaves a pretty foul aftertaste and fortunately, the Gang producers stuck to the kid's stuff in the future.
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