Little Sinner is a 1935 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins. It was the 139th Our Gang short to be released, and the first appearance of two-year old Porky.
Anxious to go fishing, Spanky skips out of Sunday school, despite the admonitions of his pals Alfalfa, Mildred, Sidney, and Marianne that “Something’s going to happen to you.” Actually, everything happens to Spanky and his kid brother (Eugene “Porky” Lee) in the course of the morning. Chased out of a private estate by cantankerous caretaker, the two boys wander into a dark, mysterious woods just as an eclipse occurs and at the same time a large group of black worshippers are holding a mass baptism ceremony. Some view the baptism and background singing of the Negro spiritual “I Am Leaning on The Lord”, which contains the words: “Why don’t you come out of the wilderness” as a racist stereotype. However, as Spanky, Porky and Buckwheat are scared out of the woods, a wilderness, it could merely be a play on the song’s words for their situation.
Inevitably, the kids scare the worshippers, and vice versa, culminating in a hectic chase.
Hearts Are Thumps is a 1937 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gordon Douglas. It was the 152nd Our Gang short (153rd episode, 64th talking short, and 65th talking episode) that was released.
Rushin’ Ballet is a 1937 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gordon Douglas. It was the 154th Our Gang short (155th episode, 66th talking short, and 67th talking episode) that was released.
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.
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.
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.
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!)