WHO KILLED DOC ROBBIN? 1948 GHSoundtrackS ON THE LOOSE 1943
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WHO KILLED DOC ROBBIN? starring Larry Olsen, Dale Belding, Eilene Janssen, Peter Miles, Ardda Lynwood and George Zucco. In the late 40's, the Hal Roach Studio made an attempt to return to a series of "kid" films in the spirit of Our Gang. The result was two short features, "Curley" and "Who Killed Doc Robbin", both produced in Cinecolor, a two-color process. When a local physician is apparently killed in an explosion, the gang become suspicious and look for clues in the doctor's creepy old house. A fun horror/comedy with plenty of thrills and surprises!
GHOSTS ON THE LOOSE starring Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Ernie Morrison, Billy Benedict, Ava Gardner and Bela Lugosi. When Glimpy's sister goes off on her honeymoon with her new husband the gang, as a surprise, decide to decorate the couple's newly purchased house. Things get a bit complicated when they get the wrong address and wind up trying to decorate the haunted house next door! Ava Gardner and Bela Lugosi join the fun in this action packed horror/comedy. A great entry from the Eastside Kids series.
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However, these are NOT remastered version. "Curley" is a pedestrain story of a boy and his friends and has the kind of flavor "The Andy Griffith Show" might have if it had revolved around Opie rather than Andy and Barney. The treasure is the sequel, which has a scene in the courtroom that is priceless: a boy--about eleven-years-old--reads a poem about nature and then a second: "Bombs Away!" What a contrast to be illustrating through the innocent lyrics of a child in 1947.
If you're a fan of Little Rascals/Our Gang comedies this is for you; as Hal Roach is responsible for both. "Who Killed Doc Robbin?" is the most entertaining, but "Curley" is wholesome entertainment that most preschoolers should enjoy ("Doc Robbin" will likely be enjoyed by the elementary student and his/her family).
Overall, interesting pieces of cinematic history.
In many ways, this movie is a blatant, incredibly misconceived knock-off of Our Gang; this is the kind of thing that should have made Hal Roach froth at the mouth - yet Hal Roach is the very man responsible for it. These kids nose their way into a murder trial, make a mockery of the courtroom, somehow get to give testimony in the case, and then set off to help their friend (the local fix-it guy who just happens to have built the equivalent of an atomic bomb in the back of his shop) avoid a murder rap. They end up trapped in something like a haunted house, where hilarity is supposed to ensue but doesn't - not by a long shot. The gang of bothersome kids includes Curley (sort of the anti-Spanky), Dudley the proto-nerd, a couple of sassy little girls, Speck, and a couple of horribly stereotyped black kids called - I kid you not - Dis and Dat. I have to single Speck (Dale Belding) out for special attention; he is sort of Alfalfa-like with all of his freckles, his extreme cowardice, and his propensity to faint a lot - but he is no Alfalfa. Speck is truly the most annoying child character I have ever seen; this kid probably had a charter membership in Overactors Anonymous by the time he turned a year old. Don't even get me started on Speck.
Maybe there is a child somewhere on this earth who would find humor in this film, but I wouldn't want to meet him/her. Who Killed Doc Robin? is just abysmal, stupid, and the very opposite of funny. The film also features a monkey - need I say more?
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The film begins with questions and answers from children. Next we see a dark and stormy night. Three is an explosion!Read more