Featured role. He does a lot of the talking among the boys, and it's his bag that causes the flat tire.
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer
Featured role. The nickname wasn't used in this film. He has about as much dialogue as Spanky.
Mickey Gubitosi as "Mickey"
Featured role. He carries the boys' bus fare and has a mousetrap on his fishing pole.
Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat"
Supporting role. Aside from a gag involving a clock, he's basically an ensemble player in this film.
Supporting role. He's almost entirely an ensemble player in this film.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
Bit parts. There are about seven chickens at the beginning of the film, two of whom are named "Roscoe" and "Henry."
Paul Hurst as the bus conductor
Featured role. He's given onscreen credit. He doesn't want the boys on his bus, but the cop thinks otherwise.
Robert Emmett Homans as the cop
Supporting role. He defends the boys, even if it means losing his hat.
Arthur Hoyt as one of the passengers
Supporting role. He's the diminutive man who's late for work.
Anne O'Neal as one of the passengers
Supporting role. She sits next to Hoyt.
Ben Hall as one of the passengers
Extra. He sits to the left of Anne O'Neal.
Bit parts and extras. There are at least seven more passengers on the bus. There is also the bus driver, whose name is "Mack."
"Our Gang" by David Snell
This is played over the opening titles. This is the earlier recording, used prior to "The Big
Premiere" (no. 189). 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.
"The Gang Goes Home" by David Snell
This is a shorter version of "Our Gang," including only "London Bridge."
Five shooting dates went into the making of this film, from March 22 to 26, 1940.
Working titles for this film were "Early Birds" and "Bus Boys."
The rooster gag at the start of the film, and Buckwheat's alarm clock gag, had originally been written into one of
the scripts for "Clown Princes" (no. 179), but were never used for that film.
See page 236 of Maltin & Bann's book for this film's expenses and profits.
Released July 27, 1994. Also included as part of
The Best Of Alfalfa 3 Pack (3 VHS set) released
2002. This is a complete original print with excellent picture quality. This version has also appeared in bootleg form.