The Lucky Corner
  Director: Gus Meins • Producer: Hal Roach • Cinematography: Ernest Depew •
Editor: Louis McManus • Sound recording engineer: Warren B. Delaplain
  14 March 1936  
  sound short  

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  Gus Leonard has a lemonade stand on the sidewalk and is frequented by five of the Gang, led by Spanky.  One glass of lemonade with the usual five straws is requested by the cheeky boy.  Opposite, a couple are appalled by the lack of service they seek from a young boy who would rather read his newspaper than to serve them at his Orangade store, so the couple buy lemonades from the stand across the way.  Outraged by this, the proprietor of the shop (William Wagner) demands that action be taken against the lemonade stand to a passing policeman (James C. Morton).  Despite the officer's protests that no harm can be done by interfering in their trade, the proprietor is insistant, even to the point of making threats.  Gus is forced to vacate the sidewalk but in doing so he successfully, though inadvertently manages to wreck the fruit display from his rival's shop front.
A little further down the street Gus is offered to pitch up his lemonade stall next to Buckwheat's father's business.

•The 143rd film in the series to be released.
•Production G-31.
•Filmed around mid-spring 1935. Maltin & Bann state that the release date was one full year after completion, which seems to be only a month or two off.
•Copyrighted February 19, 1936, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP6212. Renewed June 21, 1963, with registration no. R317581. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2031.
•It appears that the entire film was shot on the New York street set in the Hal Roach backlot.
•Working titles for this film included "Lemonade Trust" and "Follow The Leader."
The film was released on the same day that Harry Dunkinson died.
Did you notice?
•There are 5 kids in the opening scene that share the glass of lemonade: Spany, Alfalfa, Buckwheat and a boy and a girl (whom I do not know).  Buckwheat doesn't get to taste the lemonade.
•3 star Mfg. Co. in Elmira, NY produced the sugar and starch.
•The Orangeade store has a Baby Ruth advert on the wall.

Scotty Beckett
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - George 'Spanky' McFarland
  Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Billie Thomas
Gloria Browne
Gloria, tap dancer
Alvin Buckelew
Marianne Edwards
Harold Switzer
  Billy Mindy
Boy in sailor suit
  Donald Proffitt
  Merrill Strong
Leonard Kibrick
Orangeade proprietor's son
Ernie Alexander
First customer
Joe Bordeaux
  Bobby Dunn
'Poisoned' customer
Gus Leonard
Gus, Grandpa
Charles Lloyd
Joe Mathey
Joe, Buckwheat's father
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - James C. Morton
  Art Rowlands
Customer who screams
William Wagner
Orangeade shop propietor
  John 'Uh huh' Collum
Kid on sidewalk
  Bunny Bronson
Crowd extra
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Lester Dorr
Orangeade customer
Jack Hill
Fred Holmes
Crowd extra
  Jack 'Tiny' Lipson
Crowd extra
  Sam Lufkin
Crowd extra
  Priscilla Lyon
Tommy McFarland
  Snooky Valentine
Toby Dolan
  Lita Rae Vance
  Jackie Banning

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Acknowledgements: (Robert Demoss/The Lucky Corner)
The Little Rascals: The Life And Times Of Our Gang by Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann (book)
Robert Peterson (still)

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