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Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937)

The gang is putting on a show with Alfalfa billed as "King of the Crooners." But Alfalfa abandons the show saying his crooning days are over, and that opera is his true calling. But after ... See full summary »

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Gordon Douglas
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Cast

Cast overview:
Our Gang Our Gang ... Children
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Alfalfa
Darla Hood ... Darla
Eugene 'Porky' Lee ... Porky
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat
Georgie Jean LaRue Georgie Jean LaRue ... Girl in the Love Bug Act (as Georgia Jean LaRue)
Tommy Ryan ... Boy in Love Bug Singing Act (as Philip MacMahon)
Annie Ross ... Loch Lomond Singer
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Storyline

The gang is putting on a show with Alfalfa billed as "King of the Crooners." But Alfalfa abandons the show saying his crooning days are over, and that opera is his true calling. But after taking a nap and dreaming of a successful future in popular music, he changes his mind and joins the rest of the gang for the closing number. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hal Roach Follies See more »

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Budget:

$58,815 (estimated)
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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Musical numbers in this short, released in 1937, find the Gang channeling a number of celebrities of the time, the most obvious being when Spanky introduces "that King of Swing, Cab Buckwheat", sporting a white tailcoat and pants, the signature look of Cab Calloway. The rendition of "That Foolish Feeling" by Georgia Jean LaRue seems to follow Edythe Wright's performance (also in 1937) of that song with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. And so forth. See more »

Goofs

Except for the ubiquitous "Figaro!", no actual music or libretto from Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" is heard. See more »

Quotes

Spanky: For old time's sake, I'm gonna give you another chance. Now, how'd you like to work for me again?
Porky: O-tay!
Spanky: How about you, Alfalfa?
Darla: Oh, c'mon Alfalfa; croon just one song, an' you'll make hundreds an' thousands of dollars!
Alfalfa: I will NOT croon.
Spanky: Do you mean to tell me that you haven't given up opera yet?
Alfalfa: I'm a slave to my art!
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Crazy Credits

Unlike most other Hal Roach comedies released through MGM, this one features an unusual opening title: "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents 'Our Gang Follies of 1938,' a Hal Roach Production," as opposed to the usual "Hal Roach Presents" title line. This short also features unique title cards, when the series had by this time converted over to standardized title cards. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Love Bug'll Get You (If You Don't Watch Out)
Performed by Darla Hood and George 'Spanky' McFarland, with Eugene 'Porky' Lee,
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas, and Georgie Jean LaRue
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More of what made the later Our Gang films less enjoyable than the previous ones....
3 February 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Alfalfa tries to get a recording contract with an honest to goodness company. The adults there have fun with him and give him a contract--for 20 years in the future! Alfalfa thinks this means he'll be a star and soon dreams of great fame--singing songs like "The Barber of Seville" and the like. And, interestingly, in his dream he is 20 years older--but looks exactly like he does back in 1937. The dream, however, turns out to be a nightmare.

With the addition of Alfalfa and Darla to the cast of regulars came a marked change in the types of shorts made by Hal Roach. Instead of focusing exclusively on laughs, the newer ones often had singing and dancing. To make it worse, Alfalfa's horrible singing, while initially a passable gag, was featured too often--trying to generate cheap laughs. I am sure that the popularity drop of these kids can be attributed, in part, to the studio losing sight of what made the films popular in the first place--the kids acted like kids. No sane child acts like Alfalfa, that's for sure!! And as for Darla, but I always thought she looked plasticized--and a bit creepy--not a real child in any way.

This is the second Our Gang Follies film--the first being "Our Gang Follies of 1936". While this one has a bit more plot than the last, it is essentially chock full of singing and dancing. I can't see how children in the movie theaters would enjoy all this singing and dancing--but the parts of the film without that are pretty cute. Unfortunately, the momentum is constantly derailed by the insane need to do all the show tunes and wriggling--yuck! Pretty tough going in this one.


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