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Melodies Old and New (1942)

Unrated | | Family, Short, Comedy | 24 January 1942 (USA)
Needing money for football uniforms, the Our Gang decides to put on a minstrel show.


Edward L. Cahn

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Credited cast:
Janet Burston Janet Burston ... Janet (as Our Gang)
Robert Blake ... Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
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:
Lavonne Battle Lavonne Battle ... Dancer
Sheila Brown Sheila Brown ... Audience member
Shirley Doble Shirley Doble ... Dancer (as Shirley Jean Doble)
Donna Jean Edmonsond Donna Jean Edmonsond ... Dancer
Eddie Ehrhart Eddie Ehrhart ... Violinist
James Gubitosi James Gubitosi ... Audience Member
Dwayne Hickman ... (unconfirmed)
Dickie Humphreys Dickie Humphreys ... Dancer
Roger Morris Roger Morris ... (unconfirmed)
Kay Tapscott Kay Tapscott ... Dancer


Needing money for football uniforms, the Our Gang decides to put on a minstrel show.

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Family | Short | Comedy








Release Date:

24 January 1942 (USA) See more »

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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?


The Gang decide to put on a show so they can buy new uniforms for their sports team. While Spanky is talking to the audience, we notice that they are seated with the boys on the left, and the girls on the right. This complete segregation was common in XIXth century schoolrooms, but seems very strange for 1940s America. Many other Our Gang shorts with audiences of children do not follow this same pattern. See more »

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the music and dancing are good...but where's the Our Gang?
22 November 2004 | by marjcbsSee all my reviews

This is another one of those MGM mini-musicals in which the Our Gang kids seems almost peripheral, at least compared to the professional dancers in this film

In the beginning, we see the likes of Spanky, Buckwheat, Mickey, etc., as they ask Walter Wills to help them put on another show (sounds like "Ye Olde Minstrels II").

And in the opening number we do have Janet (in her pre-obnoxious days) doing a cute rendition of "Grandman Wore a Bustle." Then Spanky, Mickey, Buckwheat, and Froggy do a medley of songs. Each does a solo, except Buckwheat for some reason: perhaps he couldn't sing (though that didn't stop the other boys..heh heh).

Ironically, the best part of this short doesn't even involve the talents of Our Gang. This is where the professional child dancers come out to do show their stuff: they do the jitterbug, the Charleston, the boogie woogie, etc. It's really neat to watch.

With that said, I'm not entirely convinced I was watching an Our Gang short. It was more like a Dancing School recital with the Gang as supporting players. Still, it's an overall enjoyable film.

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