A Gypsy band takes lots of stuff but always in a good cause. Led by Jane Withers, they pick up a socialite (Hundson) who has amnesia. She works as a fortune teller and raises enough money ... See full summary »
H. Bruce Humberstone
Addie Fippany, her father Jean Paul Batiste Fippany, her mother Josephine and her sister Cecile roam the country-side in a mule-drawn wagon, trading trinkets to farmers for chickens which ... See full summary »
Herbert I. Leeds
A cop pretends to be a crook in order to catch a gang of outlaws. The bad guys run a night club as a front. The cop's sister helps him by singing there; otherwise, she's busy making love to a military cadet.
Ginger, an orphan, is living with her foster-uncle, Rexford Whittington, a broken-down Shakesperian actor. Although denied the love of a mother and father, Ginger looks after her uncle, ... See full summary »
A southern girl (Withers) goes to a National Youth Association camp after her father goes to jail for bootlegging. When a mean tycoon tries to buy the campground for himself she stages a ... See full summary »
1937's "Checkers" was typical of a Jane Withers 'B' vehicle, playing the title role opposite Stuart Erwin as Uncle Edgar Connell, keeping the odds down on their race horse Blue Skies to set up that crucial payday before he marries his sweetheart Mamie Appleby (Una Merkel). The horse sadly breaks its leg in its most recent race, but is nursed back to health by Checkers at Mamie's ranch, where unscrupulous banker Tobias Somers (Andrew Tombes) provides an unlikely rival for Mamie's affections, less interested in her than in her property. After she learns that oil has been discovered by her pond, Somers' instantaneous marriage proposal is summarily dismissed by the force of a shattered vase, a simple ploy by Edgar to get rid of his conniving competition; unfortunately, before he can confess to Mamie, she invests $10,000 of the bank's money to drill for additional oil. The only way Edgar can recoup her losses is to race the fully recovered Blue Skies, or the vindictive Somers will call her loan and take away her farm. Close ups clearly show the two children riding phony horse mockups, supplemented by racing footage shot with doubles. 1937 was perhaps the peak year for the tomboyish Jane Withers, quite different from Fox's main child attraction Shirley Temple, yet nearly as popular. Stuart Erwin and Una Merkel are excellent co-stars, while appearing unbilled as 'man at racetrack' during the final reel is Lon Chaney, in the middle of his 2 year Fox contract, mired mostly in uncredited bits such as this one, but already a featured player in two previous Jane Withers programmers that year, "Angel's Holiday" (as Eddie) and "Wild and Woolly" (as Dutch). He can be spotted at the 73 minute mark right beside Stuart Erwin, watching Blue Skies race alongside Jane's horse, and commenting: "say, who's the ghost rider?"
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