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Auto Antics (1939)

Approved | | Family, Comedy, Short | 22 July 1939 (USA)
The "Our Gang" kids are working on their vehicle for the Kidmobile Race Classic taking place this afternoon at 2:45. They are certain they will win with their invention, the supercharged ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn (as Edward Cahn)

Writers:

Hal Law (screenplay), Robert A. McGowan (screenplay) (as Robert McGowan)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Darla Hood ... Darla (as Our Gang)
Eugene 'Porky' Lee ... Porky (as Our Gang)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Tommy Bond ... Butch (as Our Gang)
Robert Blake ... Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
Sidney Kibrick ... Woim (as Our Gang)
Leonard 'Percy' Landy Leonard 'Percy' Landy ... Leonard (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baldwin Cooke ... Luke
Joe Levine Joe Levine ... Racer
James H. McNamara James H. McNamara ... The Mayor (as Major James H. McNamara)
Joe Whitehead Joe Whitehead ... The dogcatcher
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Storyline

The "Our Gang" kids are working on their vehicle for the Kidmobile Race Classic taking place this afternoon at 2:45. They are certain they will win with their invention, the supercharged rocket powered tire attachments. Their adversaries, Butch and Woim, find out their secret. Using the dogcatcher to take away their unlicensed dog, Whiskers, to the pound as a distraction, Butch and Woim are able to sabotage the Kids' vehicle. So the Kids both have to win the race with what they don't know is their now sabotaged vehicle, but also get to the pound before 3:00 when Whiskers will be taken away and put down unless he is claimed and his license paid. Written by Huggo

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Family | Comedy | Short

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1939 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$20,578 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The 182nd of 220 "Our Gang" shorts (and the 14th produced at MGM) released from 1922 to 1944. See more »

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When the car carrying Porky (inside an open-ended garbage can) hits the curb, a dummy with Porky's shirt is used for the impact. The dummy fills less than half the garbage can (while the actual Porky kneeling inside the can filled most of it), and the bare dummy arm extending forward has no hand on it. See more »

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Lazy and Boring
13 February 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Auto Antics (1939)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

The gang have their dog taken from the dog-keeper because it doesn't have a license. The kids then join a soap box race hoping to win so that they can take the prize money and get their dog back. AUTO ANTICS follows DOG DAZE and the two films have a lot in common. One thing is that they both feature dogs in the plot. The second thing is that both films are actually very, very bad and it's hard to tell which one is worse because both stink so bad. This one here just has an overall lazy feel to it because not only are the jokes not funny but I'd say the entire picture just seems cheap. Take a look at a sequence where a couple kids go flying into some water and you can see both of them hanging by wires. There's not even an attempt to try and make this sequence look real or even hire the wires. You can tell from this that no one really cared how obvious it was. Even the kids are pretty bland here with none of them really standing out among the pack. The film thankfully runs less than 10-minutes because had it been longer then it really would have been painful. I think this here is only going to be recommended to Our Gang fans who must watch them all.


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