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Dog Daze (1939)

Approved | | Family, Comedy, Short | 1 July 1939 (USA)

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The Gang owes 37 cents to Butch, so they try to raise money by rounding up stray dogs for the reward, but nearly get busted for dognapping.

Director:

George Sidney

Writer:

Al Giebler (as Alfred Giebler)
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Cast

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)
Scotty Beckett ... Cousin Wilbur (as Our Gang)
Tommy Bond ... Butch (as Our Gang)
Sidney Kibrick ... Woim (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darwood Kaye Darwood Kaye ... Waldo (as Our Gang)
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The Gang owes 37 cents to Butch, so they try to raise money by rounding up stray dogs for the reward, but nearly get busted for dognapping.

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Genres:

Family | Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1939 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,214 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,066, 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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This film short is available as an extra in the Warner DVD of At the Circus (1939). See more »

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Dog Daze might have been contrived for an Our Gang comedy though there are still some laughs
17 January 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This M-G-M comedy short, Dog Daze, is the one hundred eighty-second entry in the "Our Gang" series and the ninety-fourth talkie. The gang owes 37 cents to Butch for caring for a stray dog with two broken legs. That dog was actually a police mascot which meant the gang was now getting a $1 reward from a grateful officer. But that money gets eaten by a goat! Alf gets the idea that getting more stray dogs will result in more money for them. Well, that's not what happens...Okay, Maltin and Bann have a point when they complain about the exaggerated reactions of the kids and the contrivance of the story. And, yes, a lesson is being taught here. Still, it's not heavy-handed in the preachings and I actually laughed at many of the scenes and some of the dialogue. So on that note, Dog Daze was another amusing entry in the Our Gang series. P.S. This was the last entry directed by George Sidney. He'd go on to make features at M-G-M and Columbia like Anchors Away, the Technicolor version of Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, and Bye, Bye, Birdie. Many of his OG shorts were quite funny so it's a surprise when he was thus quoted: "It is very possible that doing that series conditioned me to hate all kids. At the time I was only seven years older than the oldest kid. They didn't know...neither did I." He might have been referring to Alfalfa as he was being a real troublemaker by this point. Anyway, his last film was Half a Sixpence in 1967. He'd die on May 5, 2002. And this marked the final OG appearance of Scotty Beckett. He continued to get good movie offers and also appeared on TV on the popular show "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger". Unfortunately, he also was beset by offscreen troubles of drugs, violence, and divorce culminating in his suffering a serious beating on May 8, 1968 before dying two days later. By that time, he left show business and had twice enrolled in college hoping to be a doctor. What a tragic end.


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