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Clown Princes (1939)

Passed | | Short, Comedy, Family | 15 April 1939 (USA)

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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.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Family | Music

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1939 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$21,243 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film was released less than two months after filming was completed. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

The Flying Trapeze
(uncredited)
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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Decent Our Gang short
29 August 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Clown Princes (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

One-reel comedy from Hal Roach and his Our Gang. This time out, Porky is about to be kicked out of his home because of the greedy landlord. The kids decide to put on a circus to raise the money for him but of course things don't go as planned. This is a pretty good entry in the long-running series but I must admit that there weren't enough laughs to make the film a complete success. The best sequence would have to be when Darla is pretending to be the lion tamer but the lions are actually dogs made up. Some might object as there are several scenes where dogs are tied to wires in order for the "gags" to go as planned. There's also a rather silly scene with Buckwheat playing a cannibal from Africa. Clarence Wilson gets a few nice laughs as the landlord including drinking the penny lemonade instead of the two-cent one.


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