Little Rascals Vols. 3-4
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If you are unfamiliar with the Little Rascals, it was a series of short comedies filmed in the 1920's and 1930's called "Our Gang". The films were about poor kids and their very funny escapades. (Note: there is racial stereotyping that was common at the time of filming, not that that is any excuse!) These were intended to be stand-alone films. In some films, the gang had parents. In others, they live in an orphanage. There were plenty of other inconsistencies like this from episode to episode. Hal Roach sold the original series to MGM, bought it back, and renamed it, "Hal Roach's Little Rascals". More episodes were filmed into the early 1940's. No episodes were ever produced for TV, but it started playing on TV in 1955 under the name, "The Little Rascals". Jackie Cooper played "Jackie". (Robert Blake played "Mickey", but not in any of these episodes.)
Here is an episode guide, with a tiny description:
Teacher's Pet: Jackie brags to a nice woman about the tricks they plan to play on the new teacher. Guess who their new teacher is?
School's Out: Jackie is worried that the new teacher, Miss Crabtree will get married and leave. So when the gang thinks she has a boyfriend, they try to discourage his interest.
Readin' And Writin': Brisbane tries to get kicked out of school after his mother reminds him that he can be president if he does well.
Spooky Hooky: Spanky and Alfalfa want to skip school and go to the circus, so they send Buckwheat and Porky to put a fake doctor's note on the teacher's desk.Read more ›
Shorts included on this set:
Former Cabin Fever volume 6
FREE WEELIN' (1932) with Spanky & Stymie
MIKE FRIGHT (1934) with Spanky & Stymie
WASHEE IRONEE (1934) with Spanky, Stymie & Buckwheat
FISHY TALES (1937) with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla & Buckwheat
Former Cabin Fever volume 8
SHIVER MY TIMBERS (1931) with Stymie
DIVOT DIGGERS (1936) with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla & Buckwheat
BORED OF EDUCATION (1936) with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla & Buckwheat
CHOO CHOO (1932) with Spanky (one of his first) & Stymie
Half of former Cabin Fever volume 9
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (1930) with Jackie Cooper
FRAMING YOUTH (1937) with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla & Buckwheat
And yes , you will find SPANKY, ALFALFA, DARLA, STYMIE and BUCKWHEAT in many of these. All of the shorts are five star comedies!
"Free Wheeling" (1932) Much has been said about the supposed racism of the Gang/Rascals, but this is possibly the most ANTI-racist of all gang films. Dickie Moore's snooty mother overprotects her impaired son and refuses to let him play with Stymie, who she referrs to as "that colored boy" and "that street urchin," but guess who saves the day? Strong stuff for 1932 and good stuff for today.
Mike Fright (1934) is a hoot about the gang's "International Silver String Submarine Band" running amuck at a radio station. LOVE the gag where Tommy Bond sucks a lemon ("they're good for your freckles") while Leonard tries to play the trumpet.
As for "Shiver My Timbers," (1931), Leonard Maltin has not spoken well of this film in his Our Gang book, but I LOVE it! This is where a salty old sailor scares the gang with wild pirate stories. Anyone who has ever had the fun of telling children scary stories will have a soft spot for this pix.
I could go on and on, but just GET IT and enjoy.
One disappointment: Leonard Maltin's introductions have been removed!
Here is the comparison:
3 of 4 titles from Cabin Fever's Volume 3
TEACHERS PET (1930) with Jackie Cooper, Stymie & Wheezer
SCHOOL'S OUT (1930) with Jackie Cooper, Stymie & Wheezer
SPOOKY HOOKY (1936) with Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat & Porky
3 of 4 titles from Cabin Fever's Volume 4
READIN' AND WRITIN' (1932) with Stymie & Wheezer
SPRUCIN' UP (1935) with Spanky & Alfalfa
KID FROM BORNEO (1933) with Spanky, Stymie & Wheezer - watch out, not politically correct: "Yum yum, eat'em up" .
1 title from Cabin Fever's Volume 5
DOGS IS DOGS (1931) with Stymie & Wheezer
1 title from Cabin Fever's Volume 9
THE POOCH (1932) with Stymie & Wheezer
1 title from Cabin Fever's Volume 10
FOR PETE'S SAKE (1934) with Spanky & Stymie
1 SILENT comedy new to DVD
DOG HEAVEN (1927) with Wheezer
SPANKY appears in most comedies from 1932 on up. ALFALFA appears only in two, Spooky Hooky & Sprucin' Up. Special treat: watch for a young JACKIE COOPER! These are five star comedies!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Produced by Hal Roach, the Our Gang shorts from 1929 to 1938 are finally available in chronological order. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Scott T. Rivers
Item was as advertized. The discs are beautifully remastered. The video and audio are in very good quality. Thank youPublished on March 15, 2013 by Roger Flores
This movie was purchased as a gift for my father. This movie really brings back old memories and highly recommends it.Published on January 1, 2013 by Carlos M. Jimenez
The quality of this movie was excellent. It arrived promptly and it was worth every cent and some. I had a great time watching my grandchildren laughing and enjoying a comedy I... Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Becky D. Henderson
BOught this for my principal and this made him very happy..brought back many childhood memories...thank you very much
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I wanted my grandson to see the Little Rascals-he was somewhat amused but it wasn't as funny as I remembered.Published on March 14, 2011 by Carolyn J. Miller