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Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937)

The gang is putting on a show with Alfalfa billed as "King of the Crooners." But Alfalfa abandons the show saying his crooning days are over, and that opera is his true calling. But after ... See full summary »

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Gordon Douglas
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Cast

Cast overview:
Our Gang Our Gang ... Children
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Alfalfa
Darla Hood ... Darla
Eugene 'Porky' Lee ... Porky
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat
Georgie Jean LaRue Georgie Jean LaRue ... Girl in the Love Bug Act (as Georgia Jean LaRue)
Tommy Ryan ... Boy in Love Bug Singing Act (as Philip MacMahon)
Annie Ross ... Loch Lomond Singer
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Storyline

The gang is putting on a show with Alfalfa billed as "King of the Crooners." But Alfalfa abandons the show saying his crooning days are over, and that opera is his true calling. But after taking a nap and dreaming of a successful future in popular music, he changes his mind and joins the rest of the gang for the closing number. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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opera | nightclub | children | our gang | See All (4) »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hal Roach Follies See more »

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Budget:

$58,815 (estimated)
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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "ice cream sundaes" in Club Spanky were made using mashed potatoes and whipped cotton. See more »

Goofs

After Alfalfa is pelted with produce, his face is clearly a mess from it, but when he is immediately sent out by his boss to collect money on street corners, his face is clean again. See more »

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Alfalfa: I'm the Barber of Seville!
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Crazy Credits

Unlike most other Hal Roach comedies released through MGM, this one features an unusual opening title: "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents 'Our Gang Follies of 1938,' a Hal Roach Production," as opposed to the usual "Hal Roach Presents" title line. This short also features unique title cards, when the series had by this time converted over to standardized title cards. See more »

Connections

Featured in Corrina, Corrina (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Learn to Croon
Written by Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow
Performed by Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
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The Show of Shows
30 December 2003 | by FuriousFreddySee all my reviews

If you ever want to see an Our Gang/ Little rascals short, this is the one to see. A big-budget musical short that features a floor show in snazzy Club Spanky (thanks to the convenient plot device of having Alfalfa dream the whole thing), "Our Gang Follies of 1938" was the last truly great film in the Our Gang series and the last two-reel comedy Hal Roach would ever produce. This short is incredibly enjoyable, it's dialogue and gags instantly quotable, its songs are insanely catchy...and Buckwheat (excuse me, "CAB" Buckwheat) is the band leader. A winner by all accounts.

Interestingly enough, when MGM bought Our Gang from Hal Roach not six months after this short was produced, they tried a number of time to produce a short to match this one ("Ye Old Minstrels," "Melodies Old and New," "Calling All Kids," etc.) but it never happened.


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