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Practical Jokers (1938)

Butch has been playing practical jokes on the gang, but now they get their turn.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Hal Law (screen play by), Robert A. McGowan (screen play by) (as Robert McGowan)
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Butch has been playing practical jokes on the gang, but now they get their turn.

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Short | Family | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1938 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to Leonard Maltin and Richard Bann in their 1992 "Little Rascals" book, MGM Television, in at least two known cases (most likely before United Artists Television assumed syndication duties in 1976), was inexplicably unable to supply 16mm prints of "Practical Jokers" to local TV stations holding the rights to air the "Our Gang" series, despite the film's plot outline being delineated in the contract. Once Turner Entertainment Co. assumed syndication of "Our Gang" in 1986, this problem was rectified. See more »

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Because It's Your Birthday Today (The Birthday Song)
Written by Nick Kenny and Charles Kenny
Performed by Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Sung a Butch's birthday party
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Nothing-ish short
1 March 2011 | by kpetnewsSee all my reviews

I don't think this is as bad as later MGM shorts. The kids still have their personality and seem very natural. The problem with this short is there doesn't seem to be anything IN it. Alfalfa and Spanky have revenge on practical-joking Butch by putting an explosive candle in his cake (which doesn't make THAT much of an explosion). That's it. A plot like this could take two minutes, but this takes ten, and pads out its running time by having Alfalfa (again) warble off-key for two minutes.

I did find some amusement in Tommy Bond's Durante impression, and Buckwheat's prank. So the short is not bad, not good, just not... anything. A basic time-killer.

You could do worse with your time, and you could do better.


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