choreography - It seems likely that Gladys Rubens assisted Granger with the staging of the dances, since
both names are credited in "Melodies Old And New" (no. 204), and both films feature kids from the Maurice Rubens dance school.
Featured role. He has the idea to do the floor show and is basically in charge, spending most of the film trying to get Froggy to buy some lemonade.
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa"
Featured role. He's the bandleader and also is a featured singer in the floor show.
Billy "Froggy" Laughlin
Featured role. He repeatedly refuses the lemonade, and doesn't reveal his trick voice until the end of the film.
Darla Hood as "Darla"
Supporting role. She appears in the opening scene with the lemonade stand, and is then given a song to sing during the floor show.
Darwood Kaye as "Waldo"
Supporting role. He's not doing too well with his lemonade stand, so the gang puts on a floor show to promote it. This was his final appearance in the series.
Mickey Gubitosi as "Mickey"
Supporting role. He's given a fair amount of the dialogue and also takes part in the Singing Waiters act.
Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat"
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble work, but is also one of the Singing Waiters.
Leonard Landy as "Leonard"
Supporting role. He's missing from the opening scene, but is one of the waiters during the floor show.
Small part. I believe this is the girl who replaces Darla on stage to do a tapdancing routine.
Janet Burston as "Jeanette"
Small part. She and Clyde Willson linger on the stage for too long at the end of the big finale. Mickey calls her "Jeanette."
Clyde Willson as "Clyde"
Small part. He's arm-in-arm with Janet. Maltin & Bann list him as Clyde Wilson.
Mary Ann Such
Small part. It looks very much like she's the girl who sings 'Now you-ou-ou can have the twilight, and you-ou-ou can have the moon.'
Small parts. This is a troupe of tapdancing girls managed by Maurice Rubens and credited with appearing in this film. It appears that their involvement is limited to
Darla's number. At least two casting directories credit these girls with appearing in this film, but one of these shows ten girls while the other shows seven. These
seven are the only ones listed by Maltin & Bann, and are Helen Guthrie, Patricia Wheeler, Lavonne Battle, Shirley Jean Doble, Patsy
Irish, Donna Jean Edmonsond and Jackie Krenk. The three additional girls in the other directory, and not listed by Maltin & Bann, are Rae-Nell
Laskey, Loree Lee Foxx and Maretta Light. In the film, there are only eight girls backing up Darla. Without a doubt, Wheeler is second from the left,
Laskey is third from the left, Foxx is fourth from the right, and Doble is third from the right. It looks like Edmonsond might be second from the right, and perhaps Krenk
is to the far right. Battle is probably the girl fourth from the left, and just maybe, Guthrie is to the far left.
Small part. It appears that he's the piano player in this short. Within months, he would be known as Norman Willner.
Small part. He's the drummer in the band.
Small parts. Maltin & Bann also list a few names that I'm not familiar with: Patsy Anne Thompson, Bobby Sommers and Betty Jean
Striegler. Here's a breakdown of the remaining kids seen in the film:
(1.) The boy operating the record player.
(2.) Five additional musicians in the band.
(3.) The nine remaining girls and ten boys in the big finale.
Small part. This mule drinks the lemonade and provides the final gag. This may be the same mule from "The Little Ranger" (no. 170).
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
There are no adults in this film.
"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.
"All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" by Bronislaw Kaper and Walter Jurmann
Published in 1937 with lyrics by Gus Kahn, and introduced in the film "A Day At The Races." In
"Waldo's Last Stand," an instrumental version serves as the first piece of music played during the floor
show. Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra had a number 14 hit with this song in 1937.
"My Wonderful One, Let's Dance" by Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed and Roger Edens
Published in 1940. Featured in the MGM feature "Two Girls On Broadway." In this Our Gang short,
it's Darla's featured song.
"Linger Awhile" by Vincent Rose
Published in 1923 with lyrics by Harry Owens. Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra had a number one hit with
this song in 1924. In this film, an instrumental version is played during the tapdancing routine in a medley with the previous song.
This uncopyrighted piece is listed in the cutting continuity and comprises the three chords played just
prior to Alfalfa's first number.
"How Dry I Am"
This is the first song sung by Alfalfa and the other boys.
"Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes" by Ben Johnson
Originally published in 1616 as part of Johnson's poem "To Celia." The melody was added no
earlier than the late 18th century, but the composer is unknown. Emilio DeGogorza had a number six hit with this song in
1907, and John McCormack repeated this feat in 1911. In this film, Alfalfa sings it with help from the other boys.
"I've Been A Long Time Looking For A Girl Like You" by Albert Von Tilzer and Harry Porter
Published in 1911. This begins the finale of the floor show, and is sung by several boys and girls.
"On A Sunday Afternoon" by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Published in 1935, with music by Brown and lyrics by Freed. Introduced in the film "Broadway Melody
Of 1936." In "Waldo's Last Stand," it's the second part of the finale and played in a medley with
the previous song.
"The Gang Goes Home" by David Snell
This is a shorter version of "Our Gang," including only "London Bridge."
Four shooting dates went into the making of this film, from April 22 to 25, 1940.
The singing and dancing children were provided by Professional Children's School. In the film, it's called
Mlle. Murphy's Dancing School.
The original poster, which the gang writes over with their own names, promoted a floor show at Hamilton Gardens
featuring Terry Downs & His Famous Band, and The Singing Waiters. The gang's venue is Waldo's Lemon Gardens
See page 236 of Maltin & Bann's book for this film's expenses and profits.
Released Mar. 1 or 21, 2001. Presumably released initially on VHS. Included as part of
The Little Rascals 4-Pack DVD, released May
29, 2001, and probably also
Our Gang Collection (10 VHS set/8 DVD
set), released May 7, 2002. This version has also appeared in bootleg form.
Released Mar. 27, 2007. Also included as part of
The Little Rascals In Color! (3 DVD set).
This is an original print, but is missing the MGM lion. It's included both as a colorized print, and in the original
VHS released 1994. DVD released May 21, 2002. Also included as part of
Our Gang Collector Series 4 Pack (4 DVD
set), released Mar. 21, 2001,
Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack (5
VHS/DVD set), released Feb. 2002 (VHS) and Mar. 2004 (DVD), and
The Best Of Our Gang Volume 1 (DVD)
released June 1, 2004. A clip lasting 0:15 is included, showing Waldo selling lemonade. Another clip lasting 1:50
is included, showing different parts of the film. Another clip lasting 1:02 seconds is included, showing the beginning
of the finale number. Another clip lasting 0:25 is included, showing Froggy speaking. All four clips have narration added.
VHS first released 1989. The initials 'GT' are superimposed in the right-hand corner
throughout the print, and the VHS is in LP mode. This VHS was included as part of the
Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack released Feb.
2002, while the DVD was included as part of a 5 DVD set of the same name released Mar. 2004. A clip lasting 0:10 is
included, showing Alfalfa leading the band. This is followed by a clip lasting 2:05, showing Darla's number.
VHS released Feb. 2000. DVD also available in a 2 DVD set with another same-named DVD. Included is a
documentary entitled Hollywood Hall Of Fame, with 4 clips from this film. The 1st lasts 0:03, and shows Froggy.
The 2nd lasts 0:08, and shows Froggy talking. The 3rd lasts 0:05, and shows Mickey. And the 4th lasts 0:32,
and shows the musical numbers.