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Clown Princes (1939)

Passed | | Short, Comedy, Family | 15 April 1939 (USA)
The Our Gang kids put on a circus in the barn to raise money to help Porky's family pay the rent and avoid getting evicted.


George Sidney


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


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Credited cast:
Darla Hood ... Darla Hood (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)
Shirley Coates Shirley Coates ... Muggsy (as Our Gang)
Leonard 'Percy' Landy Leonard 'Percy' Landy ... Leonard (as Our Gang)
Gary Jasgur Gary Jasgur ... World's Smallest Man / Clown (as Our Gang)
Joe Geil Joe Geil ... World's Tallest Man (as Our Gang)
Jimmie Brown Jimmie Brown ... Clown (as Our Gang)
George Crosby George Crosby ... Younger Famous Sime and Neez Twin (as Our Gang)
Malcolm Crosby Malcolm Crosby ... Older Famous Sime and Neez Twin (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Chapman Hugh Chapman ... Musician
James Gubitosi James Gubitosi ... Audience Member
Larry Harris ... Drummer


The landlord has given final notice to Porky's family--pay the rent or get out. Of course the Our Gang put on a show to raise the needed money. This time it's a circus, with Alfalfa on the trapeze, and brave Darla taming the "lions." Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Short | Comedy | Family | Music


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The 178th of 220 "Our Gang" shorts to be released. See more »


When Alfalfa changes the price of the lemonade, the sign completely changes between the close-up and the longer shots of the scene. See more »


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The Flying Trapeze
aka "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze"
Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
Sung by Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
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Cute little film
27 July 2007 | by kpetnewsSee all my reviews

The gang stages a circus in order to raise money for Porky's rent.

There are a few hints of the MGM films to come. First, we open on a crying Gang member, which became a popular MGM Our Gang motif. In this instance, Porky doesn't pull it off terribly convincingly, but we can be thankful it isn't the whiny Mickey who we're supposed to root for. Second, Darla's gone overboard into overacting land with her lion tamer routine, sounding like she's shouting her lines off a cue card. Finally, the circus itself is a little too elaborate; there sure were a lot of kids willing to donate their services! However, it's still good fun. The main four kids are still charming, as well as Shirley "Muggsy" Coates. Spanky and Leonard are funny as the "swell acrobats" and it's always amusing to see Clarence Wilson do his crotchety mean old man routine. It could probably rate pretty well against a Roach short, so that can't be too bad.

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Release Date:

15 April 1939 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$21,243 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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