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General Spanky (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, War | 11 December 1936 (USA)
A small boy is instrumental in a famous Civil War victory.

Directors:

Gordon Douglas, Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer)

Writers:

Richard Flournoy (original story and screen play), Hal Yates (original story and screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Spanky McFarland)
Phillips Holmes ... Marshall Valient
Ralph Morgan ... Yankee General
Irving Pichel ... Simmons
Rosina Lawrence ... Louella
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Billie Thomas)
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Alfalfa (as Carl Switzer)
Hobart Bosworth ... Col. Blanchard
Robert Middlemass ... Overseer
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... Boat Captain (as James Burtis)
Louise Beavers ... Cornelia
Willie Best ... Henry (as William Best)
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Storyline

A small boy is instrumental in a famous Civil War victory.

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A Hal Roach full length feature. (Posters).

Genres:

Comedy | Family | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Grande Generalzinho See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The initials of R. P. W. C. R. C. W. M. R. (Spanky's Confederate Army) stands for "The Royal Protection of Women and Children, Regiment Club of the World and Mississippi River". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Buckwheat's Slavemaster: Where's Buckwheat?
Slave: I don't know, boss.
Buckwheat's Slavemaster: Buckwheat?
Buckwheat: Here I is.
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Connections

Edited from Abraham Lincoln (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Nellie Gray
(uncredited)
Written by Benjamin Russell Hanby (as Benjamin R. Hanby)
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Our Gang's period piece.
3 October 2001 | by joemiglioreSee all my reviews

Hitherto to this feature, the longest Our Gang film was a three reel silent short called "Spook Spoofing". A 73 minute feature is a drastic change from their usual territory, but it is a worthwhile effort none the less. Here the comedy comes in contrast to drama, with a storyline that has more to do wih the adults than the Rascals. The Civil War setting is successfully recreated, and Spanky & Buckwheat make a good team. Not a film to introduce one to The Little Rascals, but one to enjoy after being exposed to their classic shorts,


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