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Arbor Day (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Short | 2 May 1936 (USA)
Truant officers mistake 2 midgets for members of the gang.

Director:

Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer)

Writer:

Jack Jevne (story department)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Darla Hood ... Darla (as Our Gang)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Boone Daniel Boone ... Brown-haired boy in pageant
George Brasno George Brasno ... Boy Midget
Olive Brasno Olive Brasno ... Girl Midget
Gloria Browne Gloria Browne ... Ballet dancer
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Principal Cass
John 'Uh huh' Collum John 'Uh huh' Collum ... Student
Margaret Dumont ... Woman talking to the midgets outside
Bobby Dunn ... Crowd Extra
Betsy Gay Betsy Gay ... Dancing girl (as Betty Gay)
George Guhl ... Truant Officer Smithers
Rosina Lawrence ... Miss Lawrence
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Storyline

Truant officers mistake 2 midgets for members of the gang.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first of seven appearances by Rosina Lawrence in a "Little Rascals" short. See more »

Soundtracks

A Nickel In The Slot
(uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
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Arbor Day was the last regular two-reeler in the Our Gang series
6 December 2014 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This Hal Roach comedy short, Arbor Day, is the one hundred forty-fifth entry in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series and the fifty-seventh talkie. It's also the last regular two-reeler with only a special one to come a couple of years later. There's an Arbor Day pageant at school with Spanky among the reluctant participants. He tried to skip school but the truant officer caught him. He also "caught" a couple of midgets-or little people-dressed as children in order to spend some time outside of their side show for a few hours so now they're forced to attend the performance. I'll stop there and just say this was quite an amusing and funny enough short what with Alfalfa's hilarious warbling of the song "Trees" and those midgets' performance of a song one didn't hear at school in those times! So on that note, that's a recommendation of Arbor Day. P.S. This marked the return of Olive and George Brasno who both previously appeared in Shrimps for a Day, as well as of Hattie McDaniel who reprises her role as Buckwheat's mom from Anniversary Trouble. And this marked the first appearance of Rosina Lawrence in the series.


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