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Time Out for Lessons (1939)

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Credited cast:
Robert Blake ... Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
Darla Hood ... Darla (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)
Darwood Kaye Darwood Kaye ... Waldo (as Our Gang)
Leonard 'Percy' Landy Leonard 'Percy' Landy ... Leonard (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Blake Joan Blake ... (as Jovanni Gubitosi) (unconfirmed)
Gloria Browne Gloria Browne ... Spanky's Dance Partner
Hugh Chapman Hugh Chapman ... Kid Who Speaks to Mickey
Joe Geil Joe Geil ... Dancer
James Gubitosi James Gubitosi ... College Student
Paul Hilton Paul Hilton ... Alfalfa's Roommate
Janice Hood Janice Hood ... Girl at Pep Rally


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Release Date:

2 December 1939 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$20,390 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$34,572, 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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Did You Know?


This short's date of release, Saturday, December 2nd, 1939, was exactly 26 years before Disney's extremely hilarious comedy movie, That Darn Cat! (1965)'s release date, of Thursday, December 2nd, 1965. See more »

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The Worst Our Gang To This Point
18 February 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Time Out for Lessons (1939)

* (out of 4)

Alfalfa and Mickey are in a room where they're supposed to be doing homework but they're actually planning out a football play. Alfalfa is on his way out to practice when his father stops him and wants to talk about his future without studying. We then cut to a fantasy sequence where Alfalfa is in school, not studying and it's the night before a big game. TIME OUT FOR LESSONS has a message but it's completely lost throughout the incredibly boring and lifeless story. There have been quite a few negative Our Gang shorts from MGM but this here is certainly the worst that the series has seen up to this point. There's really not too many good things you can say about this other than it thankfully just runs 9-minutes so it's over rather quickly. Outside of this there's really nothing going on here. It's pretty bad when the kids themselves can't bring any charm to the film because they usually do at least that. There's simply no story here and dragging it out doesn't help anything. Even worse is that there's not a single laugh to be had and you really had to wonder what the writers were thinking when they came up with this.

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