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Dad for a Day (1939)

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Mr. Henry owns a service station next to young Mrs. Baker's lunch counter. He is too shy to get the words out and tell Widow Baker that he loves her and her young son. The day of the town's... See full summary »




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Cast overview:
Our Gang ... Children
... Mickey (as Our Gang)
... Spanky (as Our Gang)
... Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Leonard 'Percy' Landy ... Leonard (as Our Gang)


Mr. Henry owns a service station next to young Mrs. Baker's lunch counter. He is too shy to get the words out and tell Widow Baker that he loves her and her young son. The day of the town's annual fathers and sons picnic arrives. The Our Gang ask Mr. Henry to take Mickey Baker along since the boy's father is dead. The picnic goes well and Mr. Henry gets the courage to ask Mrs. Baker for her hand in marriage, and she happily accepts. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Release Date:

21 October 1939 (USA)  »


Box Office


$20,062 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,405, 31 December 1939
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is the only short in which Alfalfa's father sports a cowlick. See more »


[other Our Gang members are about to enter the office building, as they search for a temporary dad for Mickey]
Employment Agency Receptionist: [on the telephone] I'll read the factory for you madam. You want a chauffeur, who can take care of the baby, and do light housework. That'll be six dollars a week, as he furnishes you the lawnmower yes'm, I'll try, oh and you want one that can play a piano, yes madam good-bye.
[she then hangs up telephone]
Employment Agency Receptionist: She forgot the washing.
Employment Agency Receptionist: [seeing the Gang members walk in so quick] What do you want?
Employment Agency Receptionist:
Employment Agency Receptionist:
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Better than most of the MGM Our Gangs, but...
29 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Granted, most people wouldn't want their careers judged on the basis of anything they did when they were six years old, but this is exactly the the problem with Dad for a Day. Plotted around planning a father and son picnic, the gang has forgotten a little detail about Mickey (Robert Blake) Baker: he hasn't got a father. The gang works their magic to fix up Mickey's mom with Bill Henry (Jean Louis Heydt), the local gas station owner. He's the shy type but already has his heart set on marrying Mrs. Baker--- the picnic being just the thing to work up the nerve to pop the question. MGM Our Gang entries really can't be graded along the same scale as anything produced by Hal Roach. Dad For A Day ranks as a superior MGM short but it still falls far short of most of the earlier Roach-produced entries, why? Mickey Gubitosi (Robert Blake) shows not one whit of acting talent--- watching him as a child makes one wonder if he wasn't abducted as a teenager by aliens from the Planet Strassberg. He became a decent actor in the 1960's, but you'd never guess it from seeing him acting as a 6-year old. 4 out of 10.

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