Small part. He makes the gang think he can make dynamite. This was his final appearance in the series.
Small parts and bit parts.
(1.) The twins, "Tisket" and "Tasket."
(2.) The girl who gives the penny to the monkey.
Elmer the Monkey
Small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann, and possibly some other monkey. He bangs his cup on Alfalfa's fat belly.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
Bit parts. There are two birds in a cage at Alfalfa's house.
William Newell as Alfalfa's dad
Small part. He gives Alfalfa something to calm his stomach, both at the beginning and at the end of the film.
Hank Mann as Butch's dad
Small part. He's trying to fix his car, which explodes when Spanky throws the test tube under it.
Barbara Bedford as Alfalfa's mom
Small part. She's barely seen in the early part of the film, but is more visible at the end.
Harry Strang as the explosives worker
Bit part. He's the worker with the dialogue.
Small parts and bit parts.
(1.) The organ grinder.
(2.) The mother of the girl with the penny.
(3.) The other explosives worker.
"Our Gang" by David Snell
This is played over the opening titles. This is a medley of three songs:
(1.) "London Bridge" - The earliest reference to this nursery rhyme is in a play from 1659,
and it was associated with children by 1720. It may derive from a part of the "Heimskringla" by Snorri
Sturluson, which was composed around 1225.
(2.) "Mulberry Bush" - Also known as "So Early In The Morning" and "This Is
The Way." It was probably originally called "Here We Go Round The Bramble Tree" in the mid 18th century,
with the type of tree changed by inmates of Wakefield Prison, who exercised around a mulberry bush.
(3.) "The Farmer In The Dell" - This nursery rhyme is of uncertain origins.
"Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay" by Angelo A. Asher and Richard Morton
Len Spencer had a number one hit with this song in 1892. More recently, in 1939, Gene Krupa & His
Orchestra reached number fifteen with an instrumental version. In this film, the organ grinder is playing it.
"The Gang Goes Home" by David Snell
This is a shorter version of "Our Gang," including only "London Bridge."
Eight shooting dates went into the making of this film, from November 8 to 17, 1939. It's likely that no shooting
took place on Sunday the 12th, nor on Friday the 10th, which was Armistice Day.
The opening scene with the alphabet soup, the twins, and Alfalfa's father giving him something to 'pep him
up' derives from the August 10, 1938, script for "Football Romeo" (no. 174). By August 31st of that
year, the scene was no longer part of that film.
The club motto is 'One for all and all for one.'
See page 236 of Maltin & Bann's book for this film's expenses and profits.