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Mike Fright (1934)

The gang attends a radio station amateur show.


Gus Meins


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Credited cast:
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie (as Our Gang)
Scotty Beckett ... Scotty (as Our Gang)
Tommy Bond ... Tommy (as Our Gang)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Alvin Buckelew Alvin Buckelew ... Alvin (as Our Gang)
Jackie Wilson Jackie Wilson ... Jackie (as Our Gang)
Leonard Kibrick ... Leonard (as Our Gang)
Pete the Pup Pete the Pup ... Pete (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Aulbach Jean Aulbach ... Hula Dancer
Fern Carter Fern Carter ... Radio Audition Audience Member
Charlie Hall ... Elevator Operator
Marvin Hatley Marvin Hatley ... Piano Player
William Irving ... Announcer
Isabel La Mal Isabel La Mal ... Receptionist
Joy Lane ... Little Girl


The gang attends a radio station amateur show.

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Release Date:

25 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Broadcast See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios 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?


When Spanky walks across the studio, the squeaky sound effect doesn't match his footsteps. See more »


Tommy: You like lemons?
[he offers Alvin one]
Alvin: Sure.
Tommy: They're good for your freckles.
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Edited into Framing Youth (1937) See more »


Little Dancing Girl
Music by Leroy Shield
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Radio Listeners Cannot See The Costumes!
1 October 2000 | by inclassSee all my reviews

In my opinion, it is not so much that the rascals are in some competition with slick little performers, but as is pointed out in the film, a young dancer who is dressed in a suit, and has fancy moves, in how he may sway his arms in time with a beat when he dances, which are strictly visual, cannot possibly be appreciated by a radio audience. The same is true of cute little girls dressed up in Hawaiian outfits, who are winking on cue while they dance the hula in a procession around the sound stage. That would mean nothing to a radio listener who can't see what is going on, which makes the whole idea of the non-"our gang" participants so funny; not that they are slick or perfect while the gang is not, but that the gang had prepared a song to perform, and performed it well, which is what a radio listener can really appreciate, no matter how the performer is dressed, rag tag or not, and no matter what their instruments look like, which to a radio audience, can't possibly matter. Not realizing this, (as Maltin didn't either, according to his spoken review of this film on the newly released video), Spanky throws his arms up and declares, "Well, that's that!" thinking the gang lost the contest to a dancer before the gang even tried out. But the joke is, while the dancer was very good, who can see a dancer on their radio? This is why the more visual acts were a "fright" for the "mike" (or microphone). A radio microphone only picks up sound. The gag or joke is not slick kids compared to our rag tag heroes, but the content of the act being suitable to radio, which only the rascals got right, despite their appearance. Now that's funny! It seems that Hal Roach pulled the wool over quite a few eyes when making this film. The highlight in "Mike Fright" for me, is the rare, early appearance, in fact his first, of one of Hollywood's most talented young stars of the 30's and early 40's, Billy Lee, who, at age 4, does quite an impressive tap routine for his age.

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