Another of the series of patriotic flag-wavers featuring kiddies dancing in an effort to boost morale.
The plans included boys dressed as Uncle Sam jitterbug dancing with girls dressed as Lady Liberty, tap-dancing military cadets, and a series of children dressed as historical figures singing a rousing song.
The episode was put on the back burner and ultimately canceled when it suddenly occurred to the film-makers the Gang wasn't actually in it. There was some discussion about maybe cutting to them sitting in the audience watching the show but it was felt that might detract from the action.
Post by tboneator64 on Mar 10, 2022 19:44:09 GMT -5
DOPEY DETECTIVES (1944)
In this proposed sequel to LITTLE MISS PINKERTON (1943), Janet forms a Detective Agency with Buckwheat, Froggy and Mickey, in the wake of their success in nabbing the crooks from that previous short.
If you think this sounds a lot like the final ‘Our Gang’ Roach comedy HIDE AND SHREIK (1938), you’re right! Unfortunately, MGM failed to acquire the story rights from Hal Roach, and so a complete remake couldn’t be made. Besides that, the Bogeyman costumes and an Amusement Park set were not available. Instead, the ‘Our Gang’ had to make do with a cheap Science Lab set and some Nurse outfits, along with a much older Leonard “Percy” Landry, who in this steaming dog pile script was called upon to very awkwardly ride the same size Tricycle he rode while at Roach 6 years earlier, despite this having absolutely nothing to do with the story line!
While DOPEY DETECTIVES was never released, and the shot footage is no longer known to be extant, it has long been rumored this lost short made its LITTLE MISS PINKERTON predecessor look like CITIZEN KANE (1941) by comparison.