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Reg'lar Fellers (1941)

Based on the comic strip by Gene Byrnes, the "Reg'lar Fellers", and one girl-feller, tinker with building a land/water machine, form a kid-band and go on the radio, celebrate a birthday, ... See full summary »


Arthur Dreifuss


Gene Byrnes (based on the cartoon strip by), Arthur Hoerl (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Lee ... Pinhead Duffy
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Bump Hudson
Buddy Boles Buddy Boles ... Jimmy Dugan
Janet Dempsey Janet Dempsey ... Aggie Reilly
Henry 'Spike' Lee Henry 'Spike' Lee ... Skeeter (as Jerry Wilson)
Malcolm Hutton Malcolm Hutton ... Puddin'Head Duffy
Sarah Padden ... Hetty Carter
Roscoe Ates ... Emory McQuade
Danna Callahan Danna Callahan ... Jane Watson
Diane Ware Diane Ware ... Hazel Barry
Leonard Grassi Leonard Grassi ... Warren Hamilton
Sharon Lynne ... Baby Carter
Maren Mayo Maren Mayo ... Caroline Carter
Netta Packer ... Martha
Jack C. Smith Jack C. Smith ... Officer Flynn


Based on the comic strip by Gene Byrnes, the "Reg'lar Fellers", and one girl-feller, tinker with building a land/water machine, form a kid-band and go on the radio, celebrate a birthday, get involved with gangsters...and reunite a wealthy recluse with her baby granddaughter and estranged daughter-in-law. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

5 September 1941 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast was scheduled Saturday 21 April 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1); it was re-scheduled Saturday 28 April 1945, implying that there may have been a problem with the originally scheduled telecast. In Cincinnati it first aired Sunday 11 April 1948 on WLWT (Channel 4), in St. Louis Saturday 24 April 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), in Detroit Wednesday 2 February 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Chicago Saturday 23 April 1949 on WGN (Channel 9), in Albuquerque Saturday 28 May 1949 on KOB (Channel 4), and, on the West Coast, in Los Angeles Saturday 10 December 1949 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »


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


Reg'lar Fellers
by Ethel Meglin and Dean Harmon
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Alfalfa goes slummin'.
19 October 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Reg'lar Fellers" was an attempt to make a movie version of the comic strip of the same name. While a few cartoon were successfully launched, this live-action version appears to have bombed, as no further live versions of "Reg'lar Fellers" were made. And, judging by what I saw, I can certainly understand why.

The gang of kids in this sappy film strongly resemble Our Gang. In fact, one of the kids is played by Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer and it must have been a bit of a comedown to depart MGM studio for tiny and VERY low-budgeted PRC. Additionally, a couple of the characters sure seemed like knockoffs of Darla and Spanky. In fact, this Spanky wannabe even wore the same cap and shirt! Now considering that by this point the Our Gang franchise had become very sanitized and lost its old Hal Roach edge, making an even more saccharine copy is NOT a good thing!

The story finds this group of annoying kids trying to build an amphibious tank that they can give to the US government. Considering that the country was not yet in WWII, this is an interesting aspect of the film--the only one. When this fails, the kids inexplicably get involved with a horrible and nasty old crank, Mrs. Carter. Mrs. Carter is 100% mean--yet, by the end of the film, the gang has melted her heart and made her a sweet old lady. I think I'm gonna throw up just thinking about it!

The only reason you might want to see this one is to see Alfalfa slumming it! In real life, he was apparently a vile young man and was pretty much hated by everyone associated with Our Gang. So, in "Reg'lar Fellers" you can see him get his karmic retribution--especially since through most of the film he's treated like dirt by the other kids. Not enjoyable, sappy and poorly written--I cannot for the life of me understand what PRC was thinking of when they made this one.

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