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Auto Antics (1939)

Approved | | Family, Comedy, Short | 22 July 1939 (USA)
The "Our Gang" kids are working on their vehicle for the Kidmobile Race Classic taking place this afternoon at 2:45. They are certain they will win with their invention, the supercharged ... See full summary »


Edward L. Cahn (as Edward Cahn)


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

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Credited cast:
Darla Hood ... Darla (as Our Gang)
Eugene 'Porky' Lee ... Porky (as Our Gang)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Tommy Bond ... Butch (as Our Gang)
Robert Blake ... Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
Sidney Kibrick ... Woim (as Our Gang)
Leonard 'Percy' Landy Leonard 'Percy' Landy ... Leonard (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baldwin Cooke Baldwin Cooke ... Luke
Joe Levine Joe Levine ... Racer
James H. McNamara James H. McNamara ... The Mayor (as Major James H. McNamara)
Joe Whitehead Joe Whitehead ... The dogcatcher


The "Our Gang" kids are working on their vehicle for the Kidmobile Race Classic taking place this afternoon at 2:45. They are certain they will win with their invention, the supercharged rocket powered tire attachments. Their adversaries, Butch and Woim, find out their secret. Using the dogcatcher to take away their unlicensed dog, Whiskers, to the pound as a distraction, Butch and Woim are able to sabotage the Kids' vehicle. So the Kids both have to win the race with what they don't know is their now sabotaged vehicle, but also get to the pound before 3:00 when Whiskers will be taken away and put down unless he is claimed and his license paid. Written by Huggo

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Family | Comedy | Short








Release Date:

22 July 1939 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$20,578 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,564, 31 December 1939
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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?


The 182nd of 220 "Our Gang" shorts (and the 14th produced at MGM) released from 1922 to 1944. See more »


When the car carrying Porky (inside an open-ended garbage can) hits the curb, a dummy with Porky's shirt is used for the impact. The dummy fills less than half the garbage can (while the actual Porky kneeling inside the can filled most of it), and the bare dummy arm extending forward has no hand on it. See more »


Referenced in The Little Rascals (1994) See more »

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Auto Antics marked Porky's final appearance in the Our Gang series
17 January 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This M-G-M comedy short, Auto Antics, is the one hundred eighty-third entry in the "Our Gang" series and the ninety-fifth talkie. Hoping to win the soap box derby, Spanky and Alfalfa have their wheels given an extra spark for speed. Butch, also wanting to win, decides to sabotage them before the race while also getting the gang's stray dog, Whiskers, to the dogcatcher who demands $3 for a license. Since that's the race's first prize, Spank and Alf have an extra incentive now...This was another pretty enjoyable short in the series. So on that note, Auto Antics is worth a look. P.S. This was Eugene "Porky" Lee's final appearance in the series. He was growing much faster than everyone else in the gang with the result he was losing his cuteness. So he moved back home in Texas and endured constant teasing to the point of not revealing his famous past for awhile. He endured, however, when he became a teacher and was gifted in treating troubled students. When he reemerged in public, he embraced the recognition wholeheartedly, accepting an honorary award from the Society of Cinephiles in 1989 and reuniting with Tommy "Butch" Bond later in life. By that time, he went by the name Gordon, in honor of his favorite mentor-Gordon Douglas. He died on October 16, 2005.

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