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Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse (1984)

A behind the scenes look at Hal Roach's Our Gang comedies, complete with interviews from several former cast and crew members of the series.

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Bob Lang

Writers:

Richard W. Bann (consultant) (as Richard Bann), Leonard Maltin (consultant)
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Peggy Ahern Peggy Ahern ... Herself
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Himself / Stymie (archive footage) (as Stymie Beard)
Tommy Bond ... Himself / Tommy / Butch (as Butch Bond)
Jackie Cooper ... Himself / Jackie
Dorothy DeBorba ... Herself / Dorothy / Echo
Eugene Jackson Eugene Jackson ... Himself (as Pineapple Jackson)
Gary Jasgur Gary Jasgur ... Himself / Junior (as Junior Jasgur)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Himself / Spanky (as Spanky McFarland)
Ernest Morrison ... Himself / Ernie / Sunshine Sammy (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison)
Jay R. Smith Jay R. Smith ... Himself / Jay (as J.R. Smith)
Jacqueline Taylor ... Herself / Jane (as Jackie Lynn Taylor-Fries)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Himself / Buckwheat (archive footage) (as Buckwheat Thomas)
William Thomas Jr. William Thomas Jr. ... Himself
William V. Draper William V. Draper ... Himself
Marvin Hatley Marvin Hatley ... Himself
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A behind the scenes look at Hal Roach's Our Gang comedies, complete with interviews from several former cast and crew members of the series.

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USA

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English

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1984 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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A Must See for Fans of the Series
22 September 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse (1984)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Music Director T. Marvin Hatley, cameraman William Draper and J.R. Smith, Jackie Cooper, Matthew Beard, George McFarland, Tommy Bond, Peggy Ahern and Jackie Lynn Taylor are interviewed about the history of the Hal Roach Our Gang series.

Clocking in at just over ninety-minutes, this documentary certainly has some flaws and is out-of-date but it's important to remember when this was made. The most fascinating thing about this documentary is the fact that they managed to get many of the kids who worked on the series. The documentary itself does a very good job at starting at the very beginning and going through the history of the series including the various changes that happened throughout the years.

Another major plus is the racial content that is discuss as many of the Our Gang shorts that were currently playing on television were highly edited. The subject of the controversy is certainly interesting as is getting to hear what it was like on the set back then in regards to the races being mixed. All of the stories told are highly entertaining and there's no question that fans are really going to enjoy this. Another highlight comes towards the end when we're given an update on where the actors are today. The whole "curse" of the series isn't mentioned.


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