While visiting Black's Department Store, the Our Gang observe "Volto" a publicity robot in the appliance department. Unaware that the robot is actually an actor in a costume, the Our Gang ...
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Ambrose the kitten renames himself Butch and runs away from home with plans to become a robber. His first intended victim, though, is a real robber: Dirty Bill, a dog. Dirty Bill asks ... See full summary »
Pluto awakes to find no bone in his dish. It's off to the buried stash, but Pluto discovers that a gopher has been using the bones to support his tunnels, and doesn't want to part with them... See full summary »
While playing baseball, Mickey runs into the street to catch a fly ball and is struck by a car. When the gang visit him in the hospital they are appalled to find the ward populated by many ... See full summary »
Edward L. Cahn
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin,
George 'Spanky' McFarland
While visiting Black's Department Store, the Our Gang observe "Volto" a publicity robot in the appliance department. Unaware that the robot is actually an actor in a costume, the Our Gang resolve to build one of their own. The neighborhood bully takes advantage of the gang's ignorance and sells them a box of "invisible rays" to fuel the gang's creation. Actually, neighborhood tough guy "Boxcar" climbs inside to animate the robot. He runs amok, using the lawn mower to destroy flower and vegetable gardens.Written by
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In her one line - a reply of "Yes, John" to her husband - Julia Laughlin, Froggy's mother (played by Margaret Bert, obviously over-dubbed by a male actor), reveals that she has a froggy voice just like her son. That gag is not used in Radio Bugs (1944), where Froggy's mother (a different actress, uncredited) appears again, knitting, and has a pleasant, typically female voice. See more »
[quoting his Aunt Tess]
Never put off 'til tomorrow what you should have done yesterday.
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Mediocre "Our Gang" short from the series' declining years
ROBOT WRECKS is a mediocre entry in the "Our Gang" series, made during the declining years of the once excellent short comedies. The aging "second generation" cast members look awkward, particularly Spanky McFarland, who is really too old to portray a kid. The plot is according to a well-worn formula, with the gang building their own backyard version of something they have seen. It's all familiar, with predictable results. The studio was trying to introduce another new generation of child actors to the series during this time period, but the originality of the characters seen in the earlier films just wasn't there. The best examples of the earlier films (1930's era) featured the gang doing their thing without any adult presence in evidence. The 1940's films are full of adult characters, and their presence is a big detraction. If you want to catch the true peak of the series, watch the films made from 1929 through the mid 1930's, and don't bother with later series entries.
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