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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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Edward L. Cahn
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Cast

Cast overview:
Our Gang Our Gang ... Children
Robert Blake ... Mickey (as Our Gang)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Leonard 'Percy' Landy Leonard 'Percy' Landy ... Leonard (as Our Gang)
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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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1939 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$20,062 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Spanky's father in this short, is most popular as the original "Elmer Fudd" voice actor, Arthur Q. Bryan. See more »

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Spanky: I forgot all about his Dad being dead.
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Cute and Charming
14 February 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dad for a Day (1939)

*** (out of 4)

The gang is about to have their father-son picnic but they then remember that Mickey (Robert Blake) doesn't have a father. They ask a gas station worker to be Mickey's father for a day and good things come from it. DAD FOR A DAY is pretty sappy, that I will admit, but at the same time it's incredibly cute and very much worth watching. The film plays for more drama than anything else, although there are a couple funny moments to be found. The highlight is certainly the scenes at the picnic when we see young Mickey finally smiling after getting to spend the day with someone he could look up to as a father. These scenes are pretty touching thanks in large part to an earlier scene where Mickey cries about not having someone there with him. I personally thought Blake did a very good job during both sequences and his performance certainly helped the picture. I also thought Louis Jean Heydt was extremely good as the would-be father. Fans of the series should enjoy this one as long as they don't go into it expecting some sort of wild comedy.


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