Our Gang Follies Of 1938

film no. 162


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 12 (VHS) from Cabin Fever and
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume Two (4 LD set) from Cabin Fever
Released July 6, 1994. Also released as part of 12 VHS boxed set. This is a complete original print with excellent picture quality. The total footage lasts 21:16. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs. There's also a clip lasting 0:01 included in the opening advertisement of all the Cabin Fever VHS releases, showing Porky in Club Spanky. There's also a clip lasting 0:01 included in the opening montage of all the Cabin Fever releases, showing Cab Buckwheat.

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 11 & Vol. 12 (DVD) from Cabin Fever
Same contents as the Cabin Fever VHS releases. Also released as part of The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited (6 DVD set).

The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version. There is also a clip from this film included in the interview segment Catching Up With The Rascals: Annie Ross, and five clips included in the interview segment Memories Of Spanky (With Rick Sapphire).

Our Gang Comedies (VHS) from Viking Video Classics
Released 1986. This is an original print.

Our Gang Comedies (VHS) from Parade Video
Released Nov. 11, 1998. This is in EP mode.

Our Gang Comedies (DVD) from PC Treasurea, Inc.
The Little Rascals Festival (DVD) from Flashback Entertainment
The Little Rascals Two Pack (2 VHS set) from Brentwood Home Video
Released in 1994. The second VHS is Little Rascals Scrapbook Volume Two, and contains a nearly complete print, but without the MGM lion. It also contains a clip lasting 0:08 showing Alfalfa crooning, a clip lasting 0:04 showing Cab Buckwheat, a clip lasting 0:02 showing Darla, a clip lasting 0:02 showing Porky, a clip lasting 0:03 again showing Alfalfa crooning, a clip 0:03 showing Spanky, and a clip lasting 0:09 showing the last shot in the film, with narration added.

The Little Rascals Comedy Classics Vol. 2 (VHS) from Republic Pictures Home Video
Released Apr. 1991. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening title is remade, but the crew credits and end title are original. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 21:09, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:13.

The Little Rascals - Funniest Episodes (5 VHS set) from GoodTimes Home Video
Released June 25, 2002.

The Best Of Our Gang Volume 1 (DVD) from GoodTimes Home Video
Released June 1, 2004. Also included as part of The Best Of Our Gang Volumes 1 & 2 (2 DVD set). This version has also appeared in bootleg form.

Hal Roach's Little Rascals In Our Gang/Shirley Temple Classics (2 DVD set) from Disc Plaza
Laurel and Hardy and Friends - Volume Two (LD) from Nostalgia Archive
Laurel and Hardy and Friends (DVD) from Hal Roach Studios
Released Mar. 23, 1999.

Laurel and Hardy and Friends - Volume Eight (VHS) from Hal Roach Studios
Released June 1, 1999.

The Little Rascals & Our Gang Collection Vol. 1 (DVD) from Janus Entertainment, Inc.
Also compiled with Vol. 2 into a 2 DVD set entitled The Little Rascals Our Gang Collector's Edition.

The Little Rascals Collection (5 DVD set) from Passport Video
Released July 13, 2004. This included the entire film, but there are also 4 clips included in the main menu of all 5 DVDs. The 1st lasts 0:02, and shows Alfalfa singing. The 2nd lasts 0:02, and shows Spanky. The 3rd lasts 0:02, and shows Porky. The 4th lasts 0:02, and shows Philip MacMahon. There are also 4 clips included in the documentary Kid Stuff: Inside Hollywood's Child Stars. The 1st lasts 0:03, and shows the final song. The 2nd lasts 0:18, and shows Alfalfa crooning. The 3rd lasts 0:22, and shows the final song. The 4th lasts 0:04, and shows the four discouraged sailor boys.

Our Gang Comedies (3 LD set) from MGM/UA Home Video
Released 1994.

Our Gang (VHS)
Our Gang Festival
Also included as part of 50 Movie Pack Comedy Classics (12 DVD set) from Treeline Films, released 2004. This is the Blackhawk print.

The Little Rascals Book XI (VHS) from Blackhawk Video
This is the Blackhawk print.

The Our Gang Collection (VHS)
Our Gang - 3 Features (VHS/DVD) from Platinum Disc Corporation
VHS released Jan. 11, 2000. DVD also packaged as part of Comedy Classics, Vol. 2: Our Gang/The Road To Bali (2 DVDs), Family Classics: The East Side Kids/Our Gang/The Road To Bali (3 DVDs), both released June 29, 1999, and Slapstick Comedy Greats (3 DVD set), released Dec. 10, 2002, and Comedy At Its Best (4 DVDs), released Dec. 10, 2002.

Our Gang Featuring "Follies Of 1938" (VHS) from Sterling Entertainment Group
Hollywood Favorites - Our Gang Comedies (VHS)
National Lampoon's Golf Punks/Our Gang 2 Pack (2 DVDs)
Released Dec. 2002.

Our Gang Comedies And Laurel & Hardy (DVD)
Our Gang Follies - The Original Little Rascals
The Little Rascals (2 DVD set) from TV Time
TV Time Comedy 100 TV Episodes (10 DVD set) from TV Time
Comedy Classics (DVD) from Vintage Home Entertainment
Released May 18, 2004.

Hal Roach's Little Rascals: Our Gang (DVD) from Family DVD Store
Two Reelers - Comedy Classics 6 (VHS) from Video Yesteryear
Our Gang Hollywood Classics Collectors Edition
Released Sep. 21, 1999.

"Our Gang" Comedies Presents The Little Rascals (3 VHS set) from AmVest Video
Released 1989.

Amos N' Andy (DVD)
Three Stooges, Little Rascals & East Side Kids Collection (5 DVD set) from Diamond Ent. Corp.
Released Aug. 30, 2005.

Classic Troublemakers (3 DVD set) from St. Clair Entertainment
Released Oct. 25, 2005.

Our Gang (DVD) from Quality Television
Released July 24, 2006. Also included as part of Our Gang: Terrific Tot Tales (2 DVD set) released Apr. 24, 2007.

The Little Rascals (PAL DVD)
Harold Lloyd & Friends (PAL DVD)
Little Rascals Varieties (VHS/DVD) from GoodTimes Home Video
Included as part of Our Gang Collector Series 4 Pack (4 DVD set) released Mar. 21, 2001 and Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack (5 DVD set) released Mar. 2004. The latter was also released as a 5 VHS set in Feb. 2002. Also included as part of The Best Of Our Gang Volume 2 (DVD) released June 1, 2004. Almost the entire film is included, entitled "Club Spanky," and lasting 20:50.

Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. Eight clips from this film are included. The first lasts 0:06, is part of the opening montage, and shows Alfalfa crooning. The second clip lasts 4:21, and shows the beginning of the film up to the point when Alfalfa signs his contract. This is followed by a clip lasting 1:34, showing Alfalfa returning to take a nap and starting to dream. This is followed by a clip lasting 1:52, showing Alfalfa's failed opera debut. This is followed by a clip lasting 1:54, showing Alfalfa singing his final number. The sixth clip lasts 0:07, and shows Alfalfa's name in lights, with music and narration added. The seventh clip lasts 0:57, and shows Annabella Logan. The eighth clip lasts 1:21, and shows the beginning of the Club Spanky performance.

Jackie Remembers Our Gang - Memories From Little Rascals Family Theater (VHS/DVD) from Jackie Taylor
Three clips from this film are included. The first lasts 0:02, and shows Cab Buckwheat. The second lasts 0:04, and shows the Club Spanky scene. The third lasts 0:06, and shows the opening footage.

Jackie Remembers Our Gang - The Silent Era (VHS/DVD) from Jackie Taylor
A clip lasting 0:07 is included, showing Cab Buckwheat, with narration added.

The Our Gang Story (VHS/DVD) from GoodTimes Home Video
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 (2 DVD set) released June 1, 2004. A clip lasting 0:34 is included, showing the kids at the table in Club Spanky. Another clip lasting 0:52 is included, showing Alfalfa's opening number. Both clips have narration added. A third clip lasting 0:23 is included, showing the final number.

Our Gang Comedy Festival (VHS/DVD) from GoodTimes Home Video
Copyrighted in 1986 by Movietime Inc. Released on VHS in 1987, it was made available on DVD in 2000. The VHS is also part of a collection called Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack in 2002. The DVD was also part of a collection called Our Gang Collector Series 4 Pack in 2001, which was superseded by Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack in Mar. 2004. It was also included as part of the Our Gang Double Feature released June 25, 2002, The Best Of Our Gang Volume 2 released June 1, 2004, and The TV Laugh Pack DVD (released Dec. 6, 2005). A clip lasting 0:24 is included, showing the beginning of the film. This is followed by a clip lasting 1:06, showing Alfalfa's first opera performance. This is followed by a clip lasting 2:10, showing Alfalfa returning with his contract. This is followed by a clip lasting 12:27, showing Alfalfa's dream sequence and his crooning performance.

Our Gang Comedy Festival II (VHS/DVD) from GoodTimes Home Video
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 0:06 is included, showing Buckwheat leading the band. Another clip lasting 0:10 is included, showing the opening of the film. This is followed by a clip lasting 1:08, showing Spanky and Darla's opening number. This is followed by a clip lasting 1:38, showing Alfalfa with the opera impresario. This is followed by a clip lasting 1:02, showing Annabella Logan. This is followed by a clip lasting 0:10, showing Cab Buckwheat. Another clip lasting 0:30 is included, showing the final song and the end title.

Classic Comedy Teams (VHS) from GoodTimes Home Video
A clip lasting 0:04 is included in the introduction, showing the final song. Another clip lasting 3:50 is included, taken from various parts of the film. Another clip lasting 0:01 is included, showing the final shot of the film.

Hal Roach's Rascals 3-Tape Set (3 VHS set) and
Hal Roach's Rascals (DVD) from Brentwood Video
VHS released Feb. 2000. DVD also included in a 2 DVD set with same-named volume. Included is a documentary entitled Hollywood Hall Of Fame, with 4 clips from this film. The 1st lasts 0:08, and shows Alfalfa taking the stage. The 2nd lasts 0:24, and shows Alfalfa crooning. The 3rd lasts 0:12, and shows Alfalfa getting food thrown at him. And the 4th lasts 0:02, and shows the three swooners.

Laurel And Hardy Collection (2 DVD set) from Warner Home Video
Released Apr. 18, 2006. Includes a documentary entitled "Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story. This documentary contains three clips from this film. The first lasts 0:20, and shows Alfalfa's first song. The second lasts 0:01, and shows the kids in Club Spanky. The third lasts 0:33, and shows the last song and the end title.


technical details:

Production G-39.

Released December 18, 1937. It was the 162nd film in the series to be released.

Copyrighted December 21, 1937, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP7680. Since the copyright was not renewed, this film is now in the public domain.

All-talking two-reeler.

Opening title: 'Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents "Our Gang Follies Of 1938".'

King World Productions episode no. 22, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions. This version is listed as "Follies Of 1938."


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
The film is credited as "A Hal Roach Production." The 1977 edition of Maltin & Bann's book shows the credit as "Produced by Hal Roach for M-G-M."

Associate Producer: S. S. Van Keuren
Not listed by Maltin & Bann. This credit appears in the film. The third version of the script refers to him as the production manager.

Directed by Gordon Douglas
This credit appears in the film.

Photography: Art Lloyd, A. S. C.
This credit appears in the film.

Film Editor: William Ziegler
This credit appears in the film.

Sound: W. B. Delaplain
Not listed by Maltin & Bann. This credit appears in the film.

Musical Director: Marvin Hatley
Not listed by Maltin & Bann. This credit appears in the film.

Dances Staged by Bud Murray
Not listed by Maltin & Bann. This credit appears in the film.

Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
It appears that M-G-M helped to finance this film. The leader at either end of the 35mm prints refers to it as "A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Musical." Normally, it reads "Hal Roach Comedy."

Passed by the National Board of Review
As indicated in the film.

Western Electric System
As indicated in the film.

Approved by the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America
Certificate no. 3871.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

There are actually an additional title card made for this film which listed the nine most prominent kids in the film. Presumably, the deletion of Ada Lynn's footage led to the removal of this title card.

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa"
Lead role. Referred to as "Alfalfa the Great" on the neon signs. He gives up crooning in favor of opera. He was actually second-billed behind Spanky.

George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Featured role. He runs the show, both as a kid and twenty years later in the Club Spanky sequence, where he's addressed as "Mr. Spanky." He received top billing in the deleted title card.

Eugene "Porky" Lee as "Porky"
Featured role. He accompanies Alfalfa throughout the film. This was, incidentally, Porky's favorite Our Gang film. He was fourth-billed.

Darla Hood as "Darla"
Supporting role. She's featured in three musical acts. She was third-billed.

Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat" aka "Cab Buckwheat"
Supporting role. He leads the band, both in the barn and at Club Spanky.

Georgia Jean LaRue
Small part. She sings to Philip MacMahon during the Love Bug act. She was eighth-billed.

Philip MacMahon
Small part. He sings to Georgia Jean LaRue during the Love Bug act. He was last-billed in the deleted title card.

Annabella Logan
Small part. She sings the "Loch Lomond." She was actually Scotch, and the niece of Ella Logan. She was sixth-billed.

Ada Lynn
Deleted small part. She sang "Your Broadway And Mine" during the Club Spanky sequence, only to be cut from the finished film. She was a blues singer described as a 'vest-pocket edition of Martha Raye.' She was seventh-billed.


Betsy Gay
Small part. She's the blonde girl on the left, the one that stands up and says 'Where's the king of the crooners?'

Gloria Brown
Small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. Studio documentation lists her among the Bud Murray kids in this film. She's the tallest of the hula girls during the final number, and among the chorus girls, she's the first of the two girls with the letter 'L' on her sweater. She's also the middle Bowery girl.

Gloria Hurst
Small part. She's the blonde girl among the hula girls. She's also Tommy McFarland's dancing partner.

Laura June Williams
Small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. She's the girl to the right among the hula girls. The call sheet of Nov. 4th lists "Laura Ann Williams" among the extras in the opening cellar sequence, though I'm not able to spot her in the publicity photo of the extras.


Henry Lee
Small part. He and Harold Switzer are the two 'farmer boys' who do an unseen harmonica act. He's also part of the last number, and is in the cellar audience over to the left, wearing a cap. He's also to the far left of the room in Club Spanky. The 1977 edition of Maltin & Bann's book and Maltin's earlier The Great Movie Shorts both list Alvin Buckelew.

Harold Switzer
Small part. He and Henry Lee are the two 'farmer boys' who do an unseen harmonica act. He's also part of the last number, and is the usher in the gang's barn theater. He can also be seen in Club Spanky sitting at the same table with Darwood Kaye.


girl 151
Small part. She's the second girl with an 'L' on her sweater. She's also the Bowery girl on the left. She's also sitting in the cellar audience along the right side, directly in front of Rae-Nell Laskey.

Camille Williams
Small part. Studio documentation lists her among the Bud Murray kids in this film. She's the girl with the 'E' on her sweater. She's also the middle Park Avenue girl. She's also sitting in the cellar audience in the back/center area with some of the other chorus girls.

Dorothy "Jackie" Horner
Small part. An early 1938 directory states that she had a week's contract on this film. Studio documentation lists her as Jackie Horner. A perusal of the casting directories reveals that they are one and the same. She's the girl wearing the sweater with the exclamation point.

Noreen Rita Stein
Small part. The 1938 directory states that she was in this film, and studio documentation lists her among the Bud Murray kids. She's the girl wearing the 'F' sweater.


Priscilla Montgomery
Small part. This is the girl wearing the 'I' on her sweater. She's also Dickie Jones' dance partner in the Club Spanky number, and is sitting just to the right of the slide in the cellar audience.

Joe "Corky" Geil
Small part. Studio documentation lists him among the Bud Murray kids in this film. He's the Scottish dancer at the far right, and is also carrying a sign at the beginning of the film with Dickie Jones. He's also the left Bowery boy.

Bobby Crockett
Small part. A 1938 casting directory states that he appeared in this film, and studio documentation lists him among the Bud Murray kids. He's second from the left among the boys in kilts. It also looks like he might be the middle boy in the Park Avenue group. He's also in the cellar audience sitting next to Rae-Nell Laskey. He's also seen hanging out of the window in the opening shot.

Billy Diamond
Small part. Studio documentation lists him among the Bud Murray kids in this film. It appears that he's to the far left among the boys in kilts. Even if he's not one of them, he's definitely sitting in the audience between Patsy Currier and Billy Eckley in the second row from the back. It also appears that he's to the left among the Park Avenue boys.


Cordell Hickman
Small part. Judging by a press photo, it appears that he's second from the left among the cellar band members. Maltin & Bann list Bobbie Hickman, presumably for the same part.

Dickie Jones as "Dickie"
Small part. He handles the curtains, and is also in the "Love Bug" act, as the Park Avenue boy at the far right. He's also carrying a sign in the opening shot, and sits in the cellar audience in the back row next to Darwood Kaye.

Tommy McFarland as "Tommy"
Bit part. He does an unseen act with Gloria Hurst when Alfalfa returns with his contract.


Clifford Severn, Jr., as "Richard"
Small part. He's the waiter who speaks with Spanky.

Roger McGee
Extra. He's directly behind Spanky as he announces that Alfalfa will croon.

Bill Cody, Jr.
Extra. He's presumably the remaining waiter who's seen clearly in the film.


Baby Patsy May
Bit part. She's the girl on the right.


David Freeman
Bit part. Studio documentation reveals that he's the conductor. He later is seen on the dance floor of Club Spanky with a much shorter girl. The two of whom are closest to Darla as she first sees Alfalfa.

Daniel Boone
Extra. He's in the first balcony group to the far right.

Barry Downing
Extra. It looks like he's second to the left in the initial balcony shot.


Billy Minderhout
Bit part. Also known as Billy Mindy. Studio documentation reveals that he played Spanky's chauffeur.


Tommy Braunger
Extra. He's wearing a cap and sitting right behind the 'eccentric' girls.

girl 160
Extra. She sits directly behind the middle 'eccentric' girl.

John Collum
Extra. He's sitting directly behind girl 160, but is best seen at Club Spanky as Alfalfa tries to get away from the impresario.

Robert Winckler
Extra. He's seen carrying the second sign at the beginning of the film, and is sitting in front and towards the left in the audience. Maltin & Bann list him as Robert Winkler.

Patsy Currier
Extra. She's sitting directly in front of Dickie Jones.

Darwood Kaye
Extra. He's in the back row next to Dickie Jones, and is also at a back table in Club Spanky, sitting with Harold Switzer.

boy 141
Extra. He's sitting in the back next to Dickie Jones.

Norman Salling
Extra. A 1938 directory states that he appeared in this film. He sits at the table closest to the stage, and is seen at the end of Spanky's introduction to the "Love Bug" number.

Paul Hilton
Extra. He sits at the table to the left of the table with the main kids.

Dorothy Heinrichs
Extra. A 1938 directory states that she appeared in this film. She sits at the table closest to the gang's.

Dix Davis
Extra. He's sitting at the table closest to the gang's, and is right next to Spanky during this scene.

Tim Davis
Extra. He sits at the table behind George Jean LaRue and Philip MacMahon.

Raymond Rayhill Powell
Extra. Credited by Maltin & Bann as well as casting directories for appearing in this film. It appears that he's at the table right behind the table with the main kids.

Rhoda Williams
Extra. A 1938 directory states that she appeared in this film. A girl shown in the background of the shot in which Darla first notices Alfalfa has hair and a dress that matches the photo in the directory.


unconfirmed listings
Extras. Maltin & Bann list Kenneth Wilson, Bobs Watson, Josephine Roberts and Philip Hurlic, but I don't see any of them in the film. A press release states that 179 children appeared as 'atmosphere,' but this is probably an exaggeration.


the animals:

Leo
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.


the adults:

Henry Brandon as the opera impresario
Supporting role. Named "Barnaby" in the script, but not on screen. He signs Alfalfa to a contract and makes him sing in the streets.

Gino Corrado as the opera singer
Small part. His rehearsal is interrupted by Alfalfa.

Wilma Cox as "Miss Jones," the stenographer
Small part. She draws up the contract for Alfalfa.

Winstead "Doodles" Weaver as the piano player
Bit part. He's seen in the background during the scene with the other adults. The press release states that he 'improvised eccentric tunes and daffy lyrics for the kids on the set. Director Douglas finally had to close the cover over the keyboard long enough to realign the gang for their musical paces.'


the music:

"Stage-Coach Conversation" by T. Marvin Hatley
Copyrighted Mar. 20, 1937. This is played over the opening titles and as the kids file into the barn. This tune was originally used in the Laurel & Hardy feature "Way Out West."

"King Alfalfa" by T. Marvin Hatley
Copyrighted Dec. 22, 1937. This is sung by Spanky, Darla and the chorus girls to open the review. A closing version is sung to end the film.

"Good Morning Children" by T. Marvin Hatley
Copyrighted Jan. 2, 1934. The introduction to this piece is played to introduce Alfalfa right before he sings "Barber Of Seville."

"Barber Of Seville" by Gioachino Rossini
From the opera "Il barbiere di Siviglia." The libretto was written by Cesare Sterbini. Premiered Feb. 20, 1816. This is sung by Alfalfa as he first takes the stage. It's then sung by Gino Corrado, and by Alfalfa, at the opera house. Alfalfa sings it again during his unsuccessful performance during the dream sequence, and then continues while carrying the tin cup. It should be noted that only the "Figaro" portion derives from the opera, and is listed on the daily film report for the recording session as a separate piece. The portion containing the words "I'm the barber of Seville" is apparently something that Marvin Hatley added and does not come from the opera. Hatley received arrangement credit for the overall piece. The daily film report lists the added portion as "Introduction To The Barber Of Seville."

"Pick A Star" by R. Alex. Anderson
This is the harmonica music played as Alfalfa walks out on Spanky.

"Loch Lomond"
Originally titled "Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond" and written around 1745. Evan Williams had a number ten hit with this song in 1912. Maxine Sullivan (with Claude Thornbill's Orchestra) reached number nine with this song ten days after this film was released. In this film, it's sung by Annabella Logan.

"Honolulu Baby" by T. Marvin Hatley
Copyrighted Oct. 18, 1933. This is played as Alfalfa sits back in the easy chair and starts to doze off. This song was introduced in the Laurel & Hardy feature "Sons Of The Desert."

"Interlude" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 22, 1937. This is played as Alfalfa's dream sequence begins. This was the last composition submitted to the Roach studio by Shield, and was written especially for this film.

"All Dressed Up In Rhythm" by T. Marvin Hatley
Originally copyrighted Sep. 19, 1936. This version copyrighted Mar. 22, 1937. This is played as the kids enter Club Spanky.

"Fanfare" by T. Marvin Hatley
This is played as "Cab" Buckwheat takes the stage.

"Follow The Leader" by Arthur Morton
The is played by the band led by "Cab" Buckwheat.

"The Love Bug Will Bite You (If You Don't Watch Out)" by Pinky Tomlin
Published in 1936. This was a number six hit for Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra in 1937. In this film, it's sung by Darla, with help from Porky, Buckwheat and Georgia Jean LaRue. The alternate title "The Love Bug Will Get You" applies to this version.

"That Foolish Feeling" by Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHugh
Published in 1936. Lyrics by Adamson and music by McHugh. From the film "Top Of The Town." This was a number fifteen hit for Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra in 1937. In "Our Gang Follies Of 1938," it's sung by Georgia Jean LaRue.

"There's No Two Ways About It" by Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHugh
Published in 1936. Lyrics by Adamson and music by McHugh. From the films "The Voice Of Bugle Ann" and "Top Of The Town." In "Our Gang Follies Of 1938," it's sung by Philip MacMahon.

"Lohengrin Wedding March" by Richard Wagner
Written in 1846 as the "Bridal Chorus," or "Treulich geführt," from Act III Scene 1 of the opera "Lohengrin." Premiered Aug. 28, 1850. This melody ends the big production number at Club Spanky. This swing version was arranged by Jimmie Grier, and had previously been performed by Grier and his orchestra in the Roach feature "Nobody's Baby." The term "Wedding March" is somewhat of a misnomer in this case, since the Wagner piece is generally referred to as the "Bridal Chorus," or more popularly, "Here Comes The Bride," and used as the processional music at most western weddings. What is normally referred to as the "Wedding March" derives from Felix Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and is commonly used as the recessional music.

"Learn To Croon" by Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnston
Published in 1933. Lyrics by Coslow and music by Johnston. From the film "College Humor." It was a number three hit for Bing Crosby in 1933. In "Our Gang Follies Of 1938," it's sung by Alfalfa.

other music
The only remaining music is when Alfalfa (twice) practices his singing with 'me me!' much like he did in "Framing Youth" (no. 159).


unused music
"Your Broadway And Mine" by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Music by Brown and lyrics by Freed. From the film "Broadway Melody Of 1938." This was sung by Ada Lynn during the Club Spanky sequence in footage deleted from the final film. It's sometimes referred to in studio documentation as "Your Broadway And My Broadway." Darla later sang this song in "Aladdin's Lantern" (no. 172).

"Sextet From Lucia" by Gaetano Donizetti
"Chi mi frena in tal momento" - "Chi raffrena il mio furore?" from "Lucia di Lammermoor." Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano. Premiered Sep. 26, 1835. This was the original opera piece selected for Alfalfa to sing, but was replaced by "Barber Of Seville." Worries over perceived Italian reaction to any burlesque version of the Sextet might explain why "Barber Of Seville" retained so little of its original content.


miscellaneous:

This film was marketed by MGM as a "special" two-reeler, independent of the regular Our Gang series.

The opera house that Alfalfa visits is called the Cosmopolitan Opera House.

When Alfalfa stars in "The Barber Of Seville," a poster on the wall of the opera house reveals that his co-stars are Toni Tonelli and Bruna Wildman.

The ice cream cones were mashed potatoes whipped up with cotton. A variation of this story describes the ice cream as being of mashed potatoes, with the cones made of cotton.

Some reissue and television prints carry the title "Follies Of 1938."

The negative cost on this film was $58,815.

This film was 1948 feet in length.


©August 8, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 8/27, 8/30, 11/7, 12/19.
2006 updates: 1/2, 1/3, 1/15, 1/16, 2/11, 2/13, 2/20, 4/3, 5/16, 6/8, 6/25, 7/25, 10/25.
2007 updates: 2/27, 4/1, 6/15, 10/22, 11/4, 11/25.
2008 updates: 2/26, 3/18, 5/26, 9/4, 9/7, 9/13, 11/6, 11/26, 12/11.
2009 updates: 3/9.


Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore, Piet Schreuders, Paul Mular and Bob Satterfield for assistance on this page.


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