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Our Gang (Little Rascals) – Honkey Donkey [1934] Full Episode

 

Honky Donkey is a 1934 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins. It was the 129th (41st talking episode) Our Gang short that was released.

PLOT:
A rich boy named Wally is being driven back to his family’s mansion by Barclay, his snobbish and timid chauffeur. On the way, Wally tells Barclay to “drive through some alleys… some dirty ones” in an attempt to meet with the gang. He comes across them in an alley on a vacant lot, playing on a makeshift merry-go-round. The device is powered by the gang’s pet mule Algebra, who pulls the platform in circles whenever he hears a person sneeze, and stops when he hears a ringing bell like an alarm clock.

The kids are soon chased off the lot by the owner, and Wally offers to take the gang to his house so they can play undisturbed. They cajole Barclay into driving back slowly with Algebra being led behind the car on a rope. They attract a fairly large crowd when Algebra, hearing the ringing of a stop sign at a busy intersection, sits down and refuses to get up. This leads to Barclay getting in an argument with a traffic cop, until Spanky offers a solution. The children are then seen crammed into the front seat while Algebra sits in the back of the car.

When the gang arrives at Wally’s house, they all begin playing in the yard, leaving Barclay to try to get Algebra out of the car. He winds up getting knocked unconscious when Algebra kicks him in the head, and Wally’s housekeeper comes out of the house and screams in horror at the sight of the mule sitting in their car. Barclay then sneezes, leading Algebra to chase him into the house and begin tearing things up inside. Through a cycle of many sneezes and bell rings, Algebra finally ends up chasing Wally’s mother into the fountain in their front yard.

Little Rascals (Our Gang) – “Mike Fright” [1934] Full Episode

 

Mike Fright is a 1934 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins. It was the (42nd talking episode) 130th Our Gang short that was released.

Plot:
When open auditions are announced for a radio variety program, the local station is besieged by aggressively over-coached “professional kids.” Also auditioning is the International Silver String Submarine Band—which turns out to be the gang, equipped (or rather, armed) with home-made instruments.

After suffering through an endless parade of cute kiddie troupers (and, accidentally knocking over the microphone several times, inadvertently blowing tubes and bulbs in the control room, causing the hat worn by the sound man ((played by Sid Walker)) to be literally blown off his head, and making his hair stand on end in the process), the gang steal the show with a rendition of “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze”.

Musical numbers include “Jimmy had a Nickel” “My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii” and “My Wild Irish Rose” (cut short because the gang is eating lemons!)

Little Rascals (Our Gang) – “Dogs is Dogs” [1931] Full Episode

 

Dogs Is Dogs is a 1931 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. It was the 110th (22nd talking episode) Our Gang short to be released.

Plot:
Youngsters Wheezer and Dorothy now live with their wicked stepmother (Blanche Payson) and her bratty son Sherwood — whom they derisively call “Spud.” Their father seems to be long gone, though Wheezer tearfully observes that since he said he’d come back for them, “I know he will.” The two-tier class system among the humans in the house is reflected by its canine residents: Spud’s posh police dog Nero is described by mom as “a pedigreed animal” and has the run of the house, while Wheezer’s dog Pete “is nothing but an alley dog” and is banned from entry.

A typical day begins with Pete coming into Wheezer’s bedroom through an open window, and Sherwood wastes no time telling on Wheezer, who promptly gets a spanking from six-foot-two-inch Payson. She threatens to send Pete to the pound next time he is found in the house. Wheezer then pops Spud in the face and Spud screams and cries for his “mama-mama-mama.” This brings a second barrage of spanking and the threat to throw him and Dorothy into an orphanage if their “good for nothing” father does not show up soon. It also brings tender comfort for Wheezer from Dorothy and Pete, whose close-up reveals big lush tears rolling down his concerned snout. Payson then leaves to go downtown and tells Wheezer to not let Sherwood get dirty.

Outside, we pick up Stymie stopping at Pete’s doghouse for a chat about how hungry they both are. Stymie wistfully rhapsodizes about the spread he’d put together for both of them, and we cut back repeatedly to Pete, whose mouth is watering at the mention of all the fine food.

Stymie arrives at the kitchen door, where Wheezer and Dorothy have only mush to eat while Spud and Nero enjoy ham and eggs. Spurred by the aromas of the kitchen, Symie runs a con job on Spud, telling him that ham and eggs can talk: “I heard ’em talkin’ this mornin’.” To disprove it, skeptical Spud cooks up a heapin’ frying pan of ham and eggs, then loses interest and goes outside when the egg-to-ham dialogue fails to materialize. Stymie, Wheezer and Dorothy dig in and enjoy the feast.

Spud, squatting by the edge of a well, is pushed in — by his own dog. He sends Dickie to get Wheezer. Wheezer and Stymie, stretching and in no great hurry, stroll out “to see what the trouble is.” They get Spud a rope after teasing him a little while. As they pull him up from the well, he states that he’ll be “telling mother about this.” Wheezer drops the rope and Spud plunges back in. Then as he pulls him out again, Spud swears he will keep this a secret — until Spud gets his feet on the ground and says “I am too gonna tell Mama!” Wheezer states that the dunking Spud got will be worth the whipping he’ll get.

Later, Spud goes to a neighbor’s barn and finds that Nero has killed another chicken. He tells the owner, Mr. Brown (Billy Gilbert), that Pete killed the bird. Mr. Brown then tries to shoot Pete, but Wheezer, Dorothy, and finally a policeman (Harry Bernard), stop him. Nevertheless, Pete is sent to the pound because he is unlicensed.

At the pound, Wheezer gazes at Pete through the fence and cries until a kind lady (Lyle Tayo) asks what’s the matter. Turns out she is his auntie (“Yes, I am your father’s sister”) and she gives him the two dollars to spring Petey from the slammer. She then tells Wheezer and Dorothy that their “daddy has been very, very sick” and she would be taking them to live with her in a nice place. As she takes the gussied-up Wheezer, Dorothy and Pete to the chauffeured car with all their belongings, the mean stepmother gripes that their father was no good anyway and she was fed up with taking care of the children. Auntie coldly tells the stepmother, “Well, I’m sure you won’t be bothered anymore!” The stepmother bends over to straighten the carpet and the aunt comes back to give her a swift kick in the backside. This sends stepmother into a fit of bawling, and when Sherwood tries to comfort her, she yells at him to “oh, get into the house!”

The film closes when Wheezer says to Dorothy that “I sure hate to leave my old pal Stymie,” but the final shot reveals Stymie — in a brand new suit of his own — riding comfortably in the spare tire.

Little Rascals (Our Gang) – “The First Seven Years” [1930] Full Episode {Enhanced Edition}

 

The First Seven Years is a 1930 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. It was the 96th (eighth talking) Our Gang short that was released.

PLOT:
Jackie is in love with Mary Ann, but she is not interested in any boy. Speck also is in love with Mary Ann. Mary Ann, after beating up Jackie (who got aggressive after seeking advice from Kennedy the Cop), decides to play along. She suggests that Jackie and Speck fight in a duel. Jackie tries to chicken out but winds up fighting Speck. They both use real swords and cut up tons of laundry on the clothes lines. The rest of the gang roots for Jackie. In the end, they drop their swords and fight with their fists. Jackie wins and Speck’s father comes out and holds Jackie down and has Speck hit Jackie until Jackie’s elderly grandmother steps in and knocks Speck and his dad out. The gang then cheers her on.

Little Rascals (Our Gang) – “When the Wind Blows” [1930] Full Episode {Enhanced Edition}

 

When the Wind Blows is a 1930 Our Gang short comedy film directed by James W. Horne. It was the 97th Our Gang short to be released.

PLOT:
It is a windy spring night. A man tells Kennedy the cop that it is a fine night for a murder or robbery. Farina is frightened, but his mother still has to do laundry, so he is left in a ramshackle house with windows so weak that the wind blows through a few doors down, Jackie is spanked by his father for refusing to do his homework; his little brother Wheezer is laughing at him. After being spanked, Jackie throws his school book out the window.

Later, after he goes to bed, he overhears his parents saying what a great kid he is and how they want him to grow up and be successful. Jackie, touched by this sentiment, climbs out the window to retrieve his book. He tries to get back in but cannot open the window. As he is trying to get back in, he makes all sorts of noises, causing more commotion in the neighborhood. Jackie tries to break a window by throwing something, but the wind blows the object over to a nearby house and breaks a window there, waking up Chubby and his parents. When Jackie manages to get in to Wheezer’s room through another window, Wheezer’s dog, Pete, pushes Jackie back out again. Mary Ann next door also wakes up. Jackie manages to get into Mary Ann’s room, but she throws him out as well. As he falls out of Mary Ann’s window, he lands on a real burglar, knocking him out. Jackie is then considered a hero.

Little Rascals (Our Gang) – “Small Talk” [1929] Full Episode

 

Small Talk is a 1929 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. Produced by Hal Roach and released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was the 86th entry in the Our Gang series to be released, and the first to be made with sound.

Plot:
The gang are all orphans, hoping to be adopted by nice families where “spinach is not on the menu”. Wheezer, the youngest child, gets adopted by a wealthy couple, while his older sister Mary Ann does not. The gang all comes to visit Wheezer in his new home, setting off an alarm that causes the police and the fire department to come over. At that time, Wheezer’s new mother and father decide to adopt Mary Ann as well. The couple’s friends all each adopt a child as well; even Farina is adopted by the maid at Wheezer’s new home.

Little Rascals (Our Gang) – “Our Gang Follies” [1936] Full Episode

 

Our Gang Follies of 1936 is a 1935 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins. Produced by Hal Roach and released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was the 140th Our Gang short to be released and the first of several musical entries in the series.

Plot:
The gang stages a big musical revue in Spanky’s cellar (“6 Acts of Swell Actin,” reads a sign above the cellar door). Spanky, as the master of ceremonies, persuades the neighborhood kids through song to come to the show, which includes performances by a miniature chorus line, a trio of farm girls, a group of kids dressed as skeletons, and featured spots for Alfalfa and a new girl named Cookie.

Backstage, there is pandemonium involving Buckwheat’s dealings with a mischievous little monkey, as well as Spanky’s worrying over his star act, the Flory-Dory Girls, whose tardiness forces the would-be impresario to keep shuffling his acts. When the show reaches its final act with still no sign of the Flory-Dories, Spanky has the other boys dress in the Flory-Dories’ costumes. Since he knows the girls’ dance, Spanky figures the gang can pull off the act in drag if everyone just does what he does. Unknown to Spanky, however, the monkey that was terrorizing Buckwheat has hidden in the bustle of Spanky’s costume. The monkey pulls a needle from the costume during the dance and begins stabbing Spanky in the rear, and the other boys mimic his out-of-character jolts of pain and discomfort to the audience’s amusement. Spanky manages to accidentally shake his dress to the floor, and the other boys follow suit, ruining the act as the audience roars with laughter.

Cookie tries to bring down the curtain, but only succeeds in trapping the boys in front of the curtain, causing them to scramble underneath as Spanky closes out the show (with the curtain hiding his corset, garters and lace leggings) and sends the audience of kids home.

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