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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 »


Muggsy's motionless shadow can be seen as she awaits her entry cue. See more »


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

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MGM Takes Our Gang to the Movies
3 September 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

The western movie "Fearless Bill Rides Again" has the "Our Gang" kids lining up at the cinema, and in the mood to date. Nerdy-looking Alfalfa (Carl Switzer) wants to go with pretty little Darla Hood, but she only has eyes for bad-boy Butch (Tommy Bond). After they hook up, Alfalfa reluctantly pairs up with spectacled Muggsy (Shirley Coates). While watching the movie, Alfalfa imagines the little rascals are in the story. The sequence amusingly helps him learn a lesson about potential girlfriends. "The Little Ranger" was the first "Our Gang" comedy short released by MGM, the series' new studio. We've clearly lost some of the appealing scruffiness present in earlier Hal Roach productions, but this one scores high on storytelling points.

****** The Little Ranger (8/6/38) Gordon Douglas ~ Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Tommy Bond, Darla Hood, Shirley Coates

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