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Tale of a Dog (1944)

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When Bigshot Jones gives his unnamed dog to the All-For-One Club, Buckwheat quickly named the canine, "Smallpox". When Froggy, Mickey, Janet all other Our Gang members first hear, they ... See full summary »

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Cy Endfield
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When Bigshot Jones gives his unnamed dog to the All-For-One Club, Buckwheat quickly named the canine, "Smallpox". When Froggy, Mickey, Janet all other Our Gang members first hear, they mistakenly think that Bigshot has given Buckwheat the disease of the same name. Froggy, Janet, and Mickey proceed to incite a panic in the town of Greenpoint by spreading rumors of a smallpox epidemic, causing everyone that hear them, as they are warning all others around them, to jump to a wrong conclusion. Some even list their house address as "quarantined". Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Comedy | Family | Short

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1944 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last "Our Gang" short to be produced. See more »

Goofs

In the film's very last scene - while Smallpox, who was just renamed Spotty, is "talking" - the can of dog food on the bottom right is stacked *upside down,* while all the other cans are stacked right-side-up. See more »

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"Smallpox"/"Spotty" the Dog: My, oh my! That sho' is good news!
[sho is African-American slang]
"Smallpox"/"Spotty" the Dog: [Final line of an an Our Gang comedy short, in 35 years. The next Our Gang short was an animated special, that was filmed in 1979. A Christmas special, The Little Rascals' Christmas Special was filmed in Spring of 1979, was also 'Darla Hood's acting role. She died on Wednesday, June 13th, 1979, from acute hepatitis]
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Smallpox, (just renamed Spotty) the dog's mouth speaking, as it says: My, oh my! That sho' is good news! See more »

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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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A cute and funny short
28 December 2006 | by tomneimanSee all my reviews

Contrary to the defamatory statements made by so-called Our Gang critics Hal Erickson and Leonard Maltin, I found this to be an amusing film. I especially enjoyed the scenes of Buckwheat, Big Shot, and Smallpox the dog, the phone booth, Buckwheat covered with ice, and the talking animation of the dog at the end. I found this film to be funnier than so-called Little Rascals' classics such as "Dogs is Dogs" which I did not find to be funny at all. Give these MGM episodes a break. Release them together with of all of the other 88 Hal Roach talking episodes in packets of DVDs. While I'm at it, maybe somebody will find all of the missing films of the silent Our Gang episodes. That way, all 221 of them will be ready for packaged release on DVD. What a collection!


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