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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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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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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

For the long medium close-up where he gets bombarded with tomatoes, hard cabbage, lettuce, etc. while trying to sing "The Barber of Seville," Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer was told he would only be hit with soft tomatoes. Of course, when filming started, he found out the opposite. The anger seen on-screen is not acting; after the shot was done, Alfalfa grabbed his brother Harold Switzer and said, "C'mon, Harold; let's go kick their ass," and a fight almost broke out between cast and crew members. It is speculated that the vegetable toss (which was done by the crew members for this shot, not the kid opera attendees seen in the wide shot) was payback by the crew for having had to endure the pranks, tantrums, and other mischief Alfalfa regularly caused on the Our Gang sets. 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 »

Quotes

Spanky: For old time's sake, I'm gonna give you another chance. Now, how'd you like to work for me again?
Porky: O-tay!
Spanky: How about you, Alfalfa?
Darla: Oh, c'mon Alfalfa; croon just one song, an' you'll make hundreds an' thousands of dollars!
Alfalfa: I will NOT croon.
Spanky: Do you mean to tell me that you haven't given up opera yet?
Alfalfa: I'm a slave to my art!
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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

References Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

That Foolish Feeling (In My Heart)
Performed by Georgie Jean LaRue
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Figaro, Figaro
27 December 2017 | by Richard_DominguezSee all my reviews

The classic "I'm The Barber of Seville" episode. As far as I am concerned this is the crowning achievement of the Rascals' career. The story is simple and funny, while the music is just plain entertaining. The director of the show Alfalfa goes to see and later in his dream throws him out into the street to sing is Henry Brandon. You may recognize Henry Brandon as "Barnaby" the heartless landlord in the classic Laurel and Hardy movie "The March of The Wooden Soldiers". This is just a great episode and seeing it in color was a pleasure ...


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