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Shrimps for a Day (1934)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Family | 8 December 1934 (USA)
A magic lamp lets a young couple become kids again and exposes a mean old man who runs his orphanage like a prison.

Director:

Gus Meins
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Cast

Credited cast:
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie (as Our Gang)
Scotty Beckett ... Scotty (as Our Gang)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Eileen Bernstein Eileen Bernstein ... Girl eating cake (as Our Gang)
Alvin Buckelew Alvin Buckelew ... Alvin (as Our Gang)
Marianne Edwards ... Marianne (as Our Gang)
Gordon Evans Gordon Evans ... Kid Who Finds Lamp (as Our Gang)
Leonard Kibrick ... Leonard (as Our Gang)
Donald Proffitt Donald Proffitt ... Kid eating cake (as Our Gang)
Jacqueline Taylor ... Jane (as Our Gang)
Jerry Tucker ... Jerry (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Brasno George Brasno ... Dick as a child
Olive Brasno Olive Brasno ... Mary as a child
Richard Brasno Richard Brasno ... Mr. Crutch as a child (as Dick Brasno)
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Storyline

A fantasy-departure from the norm in the series as the kids are all orphans in a home that is run like a prison by Mr. Crutch, except when he is trying to impress wealthy sponsors such as Mr. Wade, his daughter Mary and Mary's fiancé Dick. Mary is so impressed with Mr. Crutch's "operation" and how happy the kids appear to be, and wishes she could be a kid again and share in all the fun. She gets her wish. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shrimps for a Day 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?

Trivia

When Mrs Crutch is about to give the kids castor oil after the big party - "I'm not going to have a bunch of sick children on *my* hands" - a close-up of the bottle reveals that it came from "Clyde W. Slater, druggist" at the address "Main and Washington Blvd, Culver City, Cal" Those streets are just a few blocks from the site of the Hal Roach Studios, at 8822 West Washington (corner of Washington and National), Culver City, California. See more »

Connections

Edited into Framing Youth (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Arrowhead
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Music by Leroy Shield
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A wonderful though not standard Our Gang short
15 August 2003 | by 15231See all my reviews

While the plot is highly predictable and the villain a bit too melodramatic, this short contains some truly great early special effects of people morphing between child and adult. The performances by the child actors of the Gang are typical of their usual cute mugging for the camera, but the performances of George Brasno and Olive Brasno as the two adults turned children are brilliant. The children of the Gang are reduced to comic supporting roles to the straight leads played by the two Brasnos, and that makes this short work all the better as it relies less on "cute kids" antics and utilizes true acting to carry the story.


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