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Beginner's Luck (1935)

Spanky's mother pushes him to join a local theater's amateur night.

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Gus Meins
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Cast

Credited cast:
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie (as Our Gang)
Scotty Beckett ... Scotty (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Jerry Tucker ... Jerry (as Our Gang)
Eileen Bernstein Eileen Bernstein ... Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Alvin Buckelew Alvin Buckelew ... Alvin (as Our Gang)
Sidney Kibrick ... Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Cecelia Murray Cecelia Murray ... Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Donald Proffitt Donald Proffitt ... Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Merrill Strong Merrill Strong ... Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Marianne Edwards ... Daisy Dimple (as Our Gang)
Pete the Pup Pete the Pup ... Pete (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander Ernie Alexander ... Audience member
The Cabin Kids The Cabin Kids ... Themselves
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Storyline

At her afternoon tea social Spanky's mother has her son recite for the assembled ladies. It is easily seen they are bored to death as he has no talent. After he finishes the mother shocks everyone ,including her mother and son, by announcing she has signed him up to appear at a local children's talent show. The Grandma tries to intervene to no avail. The gang come up with a plan to sabotage his performance with peashooters and noise makers. Spanky is overjoyed but must keep his mother from finding out. At the theater Spanky meets a little girl who needs the prize money to buy her dancing costume but fell victim to stage fright. Spanky's mother has run afoul of the Master of Cerimonies by showing up with her son not ready to go on then saying he was too much of an artist to open a show. He is a real hard boiled type and well able to deal with the mother. He has kept Spanky's act for last. Spanky has decided he'll win the prize for the little girl but he must tell the gang. As he is ... Written by Harveyweinpop999

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ungerne optræder See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer. See more »

Goofs

When Spanky is trying to perform his stage act the gang are pelting him with peashooters which bounce off his armor and land on the stage however when he is on the stage trying to resist being pulled off by his mother there are no peashooters on the stage at all. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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Good Old Days
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Music by Leroy Shield
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One of the funniest of all Our Gang shorts

There are many Our Gang shorts that I love dearly, and many that bring a smile or a warm feeling inside. Out of all of them, this is the one that can truly cause me to laugh out loud.

Of course, the laughter of the audience is infectious and tends to help things along, but Spanky's continued stumbling about as one disaster after another befalls him is priceless.

Something to note about the reviews: one reviewer, who has posted under several different names here, is clearly obsessed with this film. I have encountered him over the years on other forums besides this one, and his thoughts on "Beginner's Luck" remain the same. He can be identified (across his multiple identities) by his habit of not putting spaces after periods — and alternately, of putting a space BEFORE a comma and none after!

Leaving aside the content of his reviews, how anyone who reads the English language could get the idea that it can or should be written this way is beyond me.


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