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Benjamin Franklin, Jr. (1943)

The gang gripe about the inconveniences caused by wartime rationing. They find the insight they are seeking by putting on a show based upon Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac.

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Herbert Glazer
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Credited cast:
Robert Blake ... Mickey (as Bobby Blake)
Janet Burston Janet Burston ... Janet (as Our Gang)
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ... Froggy (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Mickey Laughlin Mickey Laughlin ... Happy (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander Ernie Alexander ... John, Mickey's father
Barbara Bedford ... Janet's mother
Margaret Bert ... Martha, Mickey's mother
Barry Downing Barry Downing ... Club member
Vincent Graeff Vincent Graeff ... Scolded boy (as Billy Ray Smith)
Richard Hall Richard Hall ... Complainer (as Dickie Hall)
Valerie Lee Valerie Lee ... Complainer
Frank Ward Frank Ward ... First Complaining Kid
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The gang gripe about the inconveniences caused by wartime rationing. They find the insight they are seeking by putting on a show based upon Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1943 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Froggy: Like my Aunt Minnie says, 'Talk is cheap, but a sleeping dog gathers no moss.'
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Jimmy Stewart's in the army, and now I can't see him in movies until the war's over!
10 March 2007 | by kpetnewsSee all my reviews

This MGM Our Gang short is so bad, it's good. Mickey "Baretta" Gubitosi is home reading Poor Richard's Almanac, which inspires him to such a great length that he'll dress up in a Dee Snider wig and a frock coat to lecture the rest of the kids (and "the Our Gang," as the four main characters are known) on how similar the American Revolution and the current war are.

Huh? Yes, this is MGM lecturing America again, but completely ineptly. I sincerely wonder how much a rubber mouse is going to help the war effort. Poor Buckwheat can't get more than two teaspoons of sugar in his oatmeal because sugar is being rationed. (The war is making you healthy, America.) And frankly, because none of the kids can act (even poor Buckwheat's gone downhill) I can't even make out WHAT the relevance of the play is supposed to be. Remember, Hitler and Tojo are best defeated by INCOHERENT SHORT SUBJECTS, so do your part!


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