Series: Our Gang

Director: Gordon Douglas
Producer: Hal Roach
Photography: Art Lloyd
Editor: William H. Ziegler
Sound: Warren B. Delaplain

Stars: Darla Hood, Eugene Lee, George McFarland, Carl Switzer, Billie Thomas, Matthew Beard, Joe Cobb, Mickey Daniels, Mary Kornman
Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released: 09 January 1937
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: K-5
Filming dates:
Rating: 2/10

Reunion In Rhythm

Available on BLU-RAY & DVD:

It's the Adams Street Grammar School reunion of graduates and present class. The younger kids are seated at a long table besides their counterparts (a magnificent scene) as the band play "Auld Lang Syne". After the song finishes the young kids go off to get into their costumes as former president Mickey Daniels gives a speech. The first act from the kids is "Darla & Porky In The Toy Shop At Midnight", introduced by Buckwheat from the stage. Darla, dressed as a fairy sings "Baby Face" to Porky, who is dressed as a soldier as the two suck on lollipops. The second act is "Spanky & Co. In The Gay White Way", introduced by Porky. Spanky is dressed in a top hat and suit and performs a tapdance number "Broadway Rhythm" against the backdrop of New York's Broadway with a few other insignificant kids.
The next boring segment involves Alfalfa and Gloria in "Hopeless Love" which Buckwheat introduces with a gag in his mouth. Alfalfa sits by a wishing well against the backdrop of a farm with a framed photograph of his girlfriend Gloria who then shows up to tell him they will not be getting married as planned because she is going away. She then breaks into a rendition of "Going Hollywood". Alfalfa follows this up with "I'm Through With Love" and bores us all to death. Jesus Christ, his singing voice is awful! When he finally stops singing the curtain is drawn but the kids then appear underneath it to sing one last song to their patient (and probably bored shitless) audience who give them a rather undeserving and generous round of applause. Damn, that was a tough ten minutes to struggle through!

Favourite bit
The opening scene is really the ONLY scene worth remembering in this otherwise awful outing: the reunion of old Our Gang cast mixed in with the new.

Copyrighted January 14, 1937; renewed July 27, 1964.
The 151st film in the series.
Elaine Merk was originally listed in the cast but her credit was removed after this was thought to be an error.
My opinion
An intriguing idea to reunite older cast members with the new. The opening scene in particular is one of the best scenes in any of the Our Gang films in my opinion. Unfortunately it goes downhill immediately after that with what ends up being nothing more than a stage show put together with a few brief segments highlighting some dance numbers from some of the younger kids. Also by the time of this film it would appear that Mary Kornman's natural beauty as a child had faded. She looks quite knackered here!

Darla Hood
Eugene Lee
George McFarland
Carl Switzer
Billie Thomas
Georgia Jean LaRue
Matthew Beard
Joe Cobb
Mickey Daniels
Mary Kornman
Ernie Alexander
Band leader
John Collum
Our Gang member
(he passes behind Alfalfa as the cop)
Barbara Goodrich
Girl in traffic segment
Paul Hilton
Boy in toy car
Sidney Kibrick
Our Gang member
Rosina Lawrence
Miss Lawrence
Harold Switzer
Our Gang member
Pete Troncale
Dancer, "Gay White Way"
Doris Bottini
Dancer, "Gay White Way"
Leon Highby
Dancer, "Gay White Way"
Verna Dillon
Dancer, "Gay White Way"
Rae-Nell Laskey
Dancer, "Gay White Way"
Billy Diamond
Dancer, "Gay White Way"
Gloria Browne
Dancer, "Gay White Way"
Daniel Boone
Dancer, "Gay White Way"

CREDITS (click image to enlarge)

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

Bob Peterson (identification of several actors in "Gay White Way" sequence)
Drina Mohacso (additional help)
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