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The Little Ranger (1938)

Approved | | Family, Comedy, Short | 6 August 1938 (USA)
While Muggsy implores Alfalfa to use her extra ticket to go to the movies with her, Alfalfa patiently waits for Darla outside the theater, unaware that Darla is going to go to the movies ... See full summary »


Gordon Douglas


Hal Law (screenplay), Robert A. McGowan (screenplay) (as Robert McGowan)

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Cast overview:
Our Gang Our Gang ... Children
Eugene 'Porky' Lee ... Porky (as Our Gang)
Darla Hood ... Darla (as Our Gang)
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Tommy Bond ... Butch (as Our Gang)
Darwood Kaye Darwood Kaye ... Waldo (as Our Gang)
Sidney Kibrick ... Woim (as Our Gang)


While Muggsy implores Alfalfa to use her extra ticket to go to the movies with her, Alfalfa patiently waits for Darla outside the theater, unaware that Darla is going to go to the movies with Butch, with Butch using Alfalfa's ticket. A dejected Alfalfa ends up going into the movie and sitting with Muggsy, right next to Darla and Butch. Alfalfa can't help but daydream during the movie, inserting himself and his friends into the dream, which mirrors the action in the western on screen: Alfalfa as the good guy cowboy, Butch as the bad guy criminal, and Darla as the ingénue who wants to marry the cowboy but may be forced to marry the bad guy under force. Alfalfa's dream may show who the hero of the story really is. Written by Huggo

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Family | Comedy | Short








Release Date:

6 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gun with the Wind See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Very first production "Our Gang" comedy short by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Longtime producer, Hal Roach sold the group of "Our Gang" children to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in May of 1938, after filming and production finished on Hide and Shriek (1938). See more »


Reflected in the box office window. See more »


Featured in Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse (1984) See more »

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The Little Ranger was a nice start for M-G-M's run of the Our Gang series
7 January 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This M-G-M comedy short, The Little Ranger, is the one hundred seventieth entry in the "Our Gang" series and the eighty-second talkie. Since the series by this point was only credited as "Our Gang", that's the way I'm now referring them as. Alfalfa is waiting for Darla at the movies, ignoring Muggsy's (Shirley Coates) flirting with him at the box office. Darla arrives with Butch as both couples enter the theatre. While sitting down, Alf dreams he's the cowboy hero with Darla the leading lady, Butch the villain, and Porky and Buckwheat the sheriffs. Oh, and Muggsy is the other leading lady...With Gordon Douglas continuing as director of the series, The Little Ranger is a funny enough start for M-G-M's initial foray in taking over production of the shorts from Hal Roach Studios which would only make features from this point on and switch distribution to United Artists. Besides the heading during opening credits now saying "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents", the theme song is now a medley of "London Bridge is Falling Down" and "The Farmer in the Dell", and screenplay credits are printed for the first time in the series, the authors being Hal Law-who had been one of the gag writers in the HR entries-and Robert McGowan-not the director who helmed the silent and early talkie entries but his same-named nephew who previously helmed some late silent and early talkie ones as "Anthony Mack" though the senior one's middle name was Francis while this one is-well, it's the first name of his pseudonym. Most of the eps from now on are written by them. Oh, one more thing: the song Alf partly sings is "A Melody from the Sky" which was first played in the feature The Trail of the Lonesome Pine which featured Spanky McFarland-who was still absent from this series at this point. Spank hummed this tune in that picture. So on that note, The Little Ranger was a nice start for M-G-M's run of the series.

Personal note: These were my first exposure to the Our Gang series during the mid-'70s when Buckskin Bill showed them on his weekday morning "Storyland" program or his daily afternoon "The Buckskin Bill Show". Me and my brother remember enjoying them as kids as we didn't know about the way some were presented as lessons as differed from those that weren't. But we'd soon find out when a rival station ran the earlier Hal Roach talkie entries...

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