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Beginner's Luck (1935)

Spanky's mother pushes him to join a local theater's amateur night.

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Gus Meins
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Cast

Credited cast:
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie (as Our Gang)
Scotty Beckett ... Scotty (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Jerry Tucker ... Jerry (as Our Gang)
Eileen Bernstein Eileen Bernstein ... Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Alvin Buckelew Alvin Buckelew ... Alvin (as Our Gang)
Sidney Kibrick ... Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Cecelia Murray Cecelia Murray ... Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Donald Proffitt Donald Proffitt ... Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Merrill Strong Merrill Strong ... Our Gang member (as Our Gang)
Marianne Edwards ... Daisy Dimple (as Our Gang)
Pete the Pup Pete the Pup ... Pete (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander Ernie Alexander ... Audience member
The Cabin Kids The Cabin Kids ... Themselves
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Storyline

At her afternoon tea social Spanky's mother has her son recite for the assembled ladies. It is easily seen they are bored to death as he has no talent. After he finishes the mother shocks everyone ,including her mother and son, by announcing she has signed him up to appear at a local children's talent show. The Grandma tries to intervene to no avail. The gang come up with a plan to sabotage his performance with peashooters and noise makers. Spanky is overjoyed but must keep his mother from finding out. At the theater Spanky meets a little girl who needs the prize money to buy her dancing costume but fell victim to stage fright. Spanky's mother has run afoul of the Master of Cerimonies by showing up with her son not ready to go on then saying he was too much of an artist to open a show. He is a real hard boiled type and well able to deal with the mother. He has kept Spanky's act for last. Spanky has decided he'll win the prize for the little girl but he must tell the gang. As he is ... Written by Harveyweinpop999

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beginner's Luck 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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Trivia

Film debut of Harold Switzer, See more »

Goofs

When the Cabin Kids leave the stage, long range shot shows part of Spanky's hair protruding below the bottom of his helmet. He turns his head in a close up shot with Daisy and the hair is now tucked under the helmet. Then when he says " You do" to Daisy, some of the hair is protruding again. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Wobbly Feet
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Music by Marvin Hatley
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The Best Our Gang Short
4 February 2008 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This Little Rascals short is the funniest one of all of them. It involves Spanky being entered in a talent show by his somewhat overbearing mom, while her own mom disapproves. The acting, story & outcome are classic, and anyone who has watched this on television growing up remembers it fondly. I think the whole gist of this was to highlight overbearing stage moms, and this film did it perfectly. You see good acts, not so good acts etc, but the film never loses its zest. Spanky's mom in the film, the pretty Kitty Kelly, gives a standout performance which, judging from the comments here, is unforgettable. No need to divulge the fate of Spanky's mom here. If you've seen this, you know. If you haven't, find it. You'll love it.


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