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Ye Olde Minstrels (1941)

The Our Gang members want to raise money for the Red Cross. Of course they decide to put on a musical show. With the help of Froggy's uncle, an old minstrel show man, they hire the ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writer:

Sam Baerwitz
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Blake ... Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
Darla Hood ... Darla (as Our Gang)
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ... Froggy (as Our Gang)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Blake Joan Blake ... Audience Member
Bobby Browning Bobby Browning ... Dancer
Raphael Dolciame Raphael Dolciame ... Performer
James Gubitosi James Gubitosi ... Audience Member
Ralph Hodges Ralph Hodges ... Dancer
Joline Karol Joline Karol ... Performer
Valerie Lee Valerie Lee ... Dancer
Marlene Mains Marlene Mains ... (unconfirmed)
Tommy McFarland Tommy McFarland ... Audience Member
Priscilla Montgomery Priscilla Montgomery ... Dancer
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Storyline

The Our Gang members want to raise money for the Red Cross. Of course they decide to put on a musical show. With the help of Froggy's uncle, an old minstrel show man, they hire the Greenpoint Auditorium for their event. The highlight is Walter Wills and the Our Gang doing a tribute to the great minstrel man George Primrose. It is reasonably faithful to the minstrel show art form with Spanky as interlocutor, and Mickey and Froggy as side or end-men. Darla Hood sang a song's line, solo just before Lazy Moon was sang by Walter Wills. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1941 (USA) See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Among all 52 "Our Gang" short comedies, Ye Olde Minstrels (1941) and Fightin' Fools (1941), their date of release was not a Saturday. Both were released on a Tuesday. Three weeks differ between them. Tuesday, February 25th, 1941 was the date of release of Fightin' Fools (1941). And Tuesday, March 18th, 1941, was the date of release of Ye Olde Minstrels (1941). All 50 other Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer "Our Gang" shorts and their date of release, were all on a Saturday. See more »

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Featured in The 56th Annual Academy Awards (1984) See more »

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Supposing you have three talented child actors...
13 September 2010 | by kpetnewsSee all my reviews

...what would you do with them? Well, if you said put them on a stage with about a hundred other children so they could completely get lost in a crowd and do syncopated tambourine playing, you should have been writing for MGM in the forties! Back in the thirties, Hal Roach would make FUN of people who put kids up and made them perform like little shiny automatons. Now MGM's doing it as a matter of course. The concept behind this is a Red Cross benefit being orchestrated by some guy named Walter Wills, who's a household name even now, ha ha. The show culminates in a choreographed tap dance routine where the dancers suddenly sprout blackface as if by magic. And despite that the whole thing's still as memorable as a dog puddle in the middle of the street.

Poor Spanky. Poor Darla. And especially, poor Buckwheat.


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