MULE-TAXI DRIVER: Starring Breezy Brisbane as Travis ("Picks Up The") Nickels, an angry, misanthropic loner who drives a rickety taxi hitched to a drunken donkey. At home, he poses in the mirror with a gun and spits out memorably hateful lines like, "you talkin' to me, Crabby?" and "someday a real rain is gonna come along and wash away all the punk blacksmiths and kids who wanna be president." But one night he picks up as a fare a young and impressionable Miss Daisy Dimple, whose adorable smile and artless kiddie charm touch something deep within him, causing him to blather on tearfully about "daffydills." McGowan felt it didn't have enough monkeys in it, and Roach felt that without some mischievous fidgets about, it lacked dramatic tension.
Alfalfa's New Look - From that weird period where Spanky and Buckwheat weren't around. In their place are Henry "(the original) Spike" Lee and Philip Hurlic.
Darla thinks that Alfalfa dresses like a dork. Sadly, Alfalfa is still unable to realize that Darla isn't worth his time. In fact Porky, in a moment of wisdom, suggests, "D'ouldn't 'ou bocus on dome girl not do shallow?" Unable to understand what Porky is saying, Alfalfa ignores him and decides to use his allowance to pay for a makeover. The Rascals head over to a local clothing store where the manager, Otto Stile (Franklin Pangborn), attempts to give the lovesick fool a new look.
A revolutionary (for the time) montage follows showing Alfalfa emerging from the dressing room multiple times, each with a new outfit. And in each instance, the Rascals are seen shaking their heads in disapproval. Among the proposed looks are the Captain Bligh, the Chaplin Tramp, and a horribly, horribly offensive Chinese stereotype. Otto even tries making Alfie look like Greta Garbo. This oddly excites Spike, but makes Alfalfa grimace.
Alfalfa's eyes eventually set on a sharp suit and hat, which Otto refers to as the Cagney, See? This wins the approval of the others. Alfie accepts the outfit, and everyone heads out - save for treasurer Porky, who is left in charge of paying. Porky spends much of the rest of the short digging for the money in his pocket. Franklin Pangborn delightfully hams up the frustration and shock as Porky pulls out several random items, including some marbles, a mackerel, and a copy of War and Peace.
Meanwhile, the neighborhood girls begin to swoon over Alfalfa. "Oh, he's just like a hoodlum!," they proclaim. The attention goes to Alfalfa's head, and he begins to act out the part of a Warner Brother's tough guy - complete with New York accent, see? He even talks Spike and Philip into helping him give Butch a "nice fresh pineapple, see?"
During their plans, Darla interrupts to compliment Alfie on his new look, but the response she gets is, "Beat it, sister. We're busy, see?" Darla runs home to have a good cry and doesn't appear again for the rest of the film.
Alfalfa sends "the boys" over to Butch. Spike and Philip drop off a pineapple from the local grocer on Butch's doorstep. Spike wonders, "Say, supposin' he prefers grapefruit." Philip chimes in, "Orders is orders." They shrug their shoulders, ring Butch's doorbell, and hide behind a bush. Butch, who has just woken up from a nap, opens his door and accidentally steps on the pineapple with his bare feet. He hollers in pain and insists that he'll "sock the guy who did this."
The guys report back to Alfalfa, who seems to be growing less and less mentally stable. He creepily walks around the Gang's clubhouse muttering nonsense like, "What do you hear, what do you say?", "Always remember, don't be a sucker," and "Laury Martin? That little fresh kid with the pigtails?" A sinister look appears on his face when his pals inform him that Butch "got the pineapple, alright." Alfalfa then discusses his plans to knock over a candy store.
The conversation is interrupted by Butch and Woim, who arrive to give Alfalfa a beating. How they found out he was behind the pineapple is not explained; with only half a minute left in this one-reeler, director Nate Watt simply said, "Eh?" Otto and Porky also show up, with the former irritated that Alfalfa's allowance consists only of a few onions. They're soon joined by Alfalfa's mother, who is unhappy to hear he's been playing gangster, Mr. Hood, who wants to give the young lad a "stomach ache in the head" for making his daughter cry, and even Spike and Philip are angry since they've realized they won't be getting their candy.
Everyone chases after Alfalfa, aside from Porky, who pops up in the foreground to say, "'ats all, bolks!" to the bewildered audience.
This oddball entry almost made MGM not want to buy the series from Roach. But once Roach offered L. B. Mayer a nice fresh pineapple, how could the major studio boss refuse, see?
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Hello, Fellow Citizen (1944) - A remake of HI’-NEIGHBOR! from the end of the MGM era, and with all of the fun of the original sucked right out. For instance, the ‘rounding up the Gang’ scene from the earlier film is replaced with the Rascals merely ringing each other’s doorbells and politely extending an invitation for a play date.
Froggy is upset when his girl Marilyn leaves him to ride on rich kid Gerald’s shiny new... bicycle. The Our Gang writers were apparently told by higher ups that a fire engine would encourage audiences to waste material that needed to go to Uncle Sam.
The Gang kids go about constructing their own four person bicycle, and are all set for a big race against Gerald, until a random middle aged married couple who had been watching the action unfold gives a speech about treating each other with kindness, or something. Everyone shakes hands and agrees to be friends, and the movie patrons are left wanting their money back.
The strain on the Our Gang actors definitely shows in this film. Billy Laughlin hardly makes any effort to do his Froggy voice, leading to quite a bit of inconsistency with his dialogue. The others look pretty bored. In fact during the bike construction sequence, Buckwheat can clearly be seen reading a book on CB radio operation rather than working.
Another Day, Another Dalit: The magician from A Lad 'n a Lamp throws a smoke bomb which transports the Gang to pre-partition India. Spanky tries to get the Congress Party to incorporate the He-Man Woman-Haters Club, but is rebuffed because he doesn't speak Hindi or Punjabi. Jawaharlal Nehru gets some laughs from the Gang by standing on his head, a perfect yoga posture, but nearby Indians are offended. The Mahatma happens by and tries to feed the gang his beloved goat curds, but the Gang, not knowing of his exalted reputation, throws the curds back in Gandhi's face, claiming that the concoction is in fact mush. Roach felt it was "too obscure", and Hatley was unable to gin up a few good sitar tunes, so it went to the cutting-room floor.
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Mischief, Music and Mink: Sick of hearing stories of Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Porky and Waldo playing hooky, the head administrator (Vernon Dent, in his only appearance with the Gang) tries making the boys into jazz musicians. Under music teacher Norma David (Marjorie Deanne), Spanky plays piano, Alfalfa trumpet, Buckwheat Bass, Porky Drums, and Waldo percussion. To make the boys look good, they are dressed up in mink-collared jackets (Porky wears a fox furpiece). Darla-wearing her usual stuff-leads the band, named Sweet Music. After a couple of songs the boys start to rebel and cause a riot, throwing their jackets around (Porky's piece lands on Miss David's face), then they smash the instruments. The exasperated administrator next calls it quits and the boys are playing hooky again the next day. Also featuring Otto Fries, in one of his last roles, as the truant officer. (1937)
A planned Saturday morning spy spoof from the 1960's featuring puppets playing the original Rascals. Alfalfa would be 'Top Agent Al Falfa,' daring superspy from R.A.S.C.A.L. acting under orders from Commander Spanky and ably assisted by Junior Agents Porky and Buckwheat. He would contend against the dreaded Doctor Butch and his robot servant W.O.I.M, as well as nefarious mad scientist Wal-Do. Beautiful but treacherous double-agent Darla would play both sides of the field.
The pilot was reportedly dreadful and all plans for further episodes were cancelled.