Ku Klux Klany Moore-- Donning the requisite white hood, Dickie starts showing up at Klan meetings, but with the decided and sole purpose of getting them to agree that Stymie is as good as any of them, at the very least. There was supposed to be a plot buildup, with Klansmen violently resisting integration. But it all fell apart, dramatic-tension-wise when the irrepressible Stymie immediately proved so lovable that even the most diehard Klansmen had to rub his head affectionately, and the Grand Kleagle himself publicly resolved to give up race-hatred and become a man of the cloth. Roach, though sympathetic to the overall message, nixed it "with regrets."
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'Switcheroo Day' - A proposed episode which apparently never got beyond script form for various reasons. Butch and Darla find a magic lamp and idly wish each could be the other, "just for one day." There's a puff of smoke and Butch and Darla have magically exchanged bodies. Worse, because of the way the original wish was worded, they're stuck like that for the rest of the day. Horrified that someone might find out about their mortifying predicament, the two agree to do their best to impersonate one another and live the other's life until sundown. This means Butch, as Darla, has to go on a romantic picnic date with Alfalfa while Darla, as Butch, has to lead Butch's football team to victory against their arch-rivals.
Most of the rest of the script cuts back and forth between Butch, as Darla, trying his best not to paste Alfalfa one and keep him at arm's length whenever he tries to get lovey-dovey while Darla, as Butch, confounds her teammates with her sudden lack of prowess, habit of screaming and covering her head when the opposing team try to tackle her, her tendency to call time-outs so ladybugs crossing the infield won't get trampled, and her newfound habit of starting games by cheerfully announcing, "Now let's all be good sports and just have a fun time!"
Against all logic, Darla manages to win the game; when they hoist her up on her shoulders, it's sundown and she transforms back into Darla in Butch's uniform. Quickly, she manages to grab a low-hanging branch they march under, climb up, and evade detection. Alfalfa, meanwhile, has finally managed to kiss Darla... and suddenly finds himself kissing a furious Butch in drag. Butch chases Alfalfa into the sunset as the scene irises out.
Obviously, the Hays Office was very anxious about this script and concerned the writers avoid anything suggesting 'sex perversion' like Sissy Butch or the two leads in drag. The Switzers, meanwhile, were upset the story didn't center around Alfalfa. But the major problem was the obvious similarities with the 1931 Thorne Smith novel TURNABOUT, which Roach made into a feature in 1940. The studio finally decided it was more trouble than it was worth was tossed it.
OUR GANG AFTER DARK - The Gang is all grown up. Like most grown-ups who work a 9-5 job, the adult Rascals are all dead tired by 10 PM and already in bed. The first installment in this new series was 45 minutes of the Rascals sleeping! Roach was so embarrassed by the film that he buried it in his backyard, along with his other planned entries - OUR GANG LEARNS TIME MANAGEMENT, OUR GANG TAKES A COFFEE BREAK, and OUR GANG PAYS THEIR TAXES, among others. Perhaps the best (though that's not saying much) of these new 'comedies' was OUR GANG GETS STUCK IN TRAFFIC, where the former kids carpool to work. The radio breaks which leads to Alfalfa entertaining the others with his singing. Spanky's reaction is genuinely hilarious, and it's clear that he hadn't lost his touch.
Yes, I know what you meant by 'adult,' but I couldn't help myself.
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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.