Series: Our Gang

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Producer: Hal Roach
Dialogue: H.M. Walker
Photography: Art Lloyd
Editor: Richard C. Currier
Sound: Elmer Raguse

Stars: Jackie Cooper, Allen Hoskins, Norman Chaney, Bobby Hutchins, Mary Ann Jackson, Dorothy DeBorba, Matthew Beard
Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released: 22 November 1930
Length: 2 reels
Production No.: G-36
Filming dates: June 17-25, 1930
Rating: -/10

School's Out

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The children are concerned about Miss Crabtree getting married and leaving the school, so they formulate a plan to boycott their summer vacations in order to stay at the school. Miss Crabtree's brother Jack (Creighton Hale) shows up at the school but the children do not realise who he is. The interrogation into whether he intends to marry their teacher is led by Jackie. When Jack takes off for a swim in the nearby river, the kids confiscate his clothing and hide it in a box.
In the second half of the film, Miss Crabtree gives the class a Q&A on history, but the answers to the questions have been leaked by one of the kids and the class are already prepared, even though the answers they provide don't quite match up with the questions!

Classic dialogue: Farina: "Believe me, I'm never going to get married. And I'm going to bring up my kids the same way"

It appears that MGM either failed to copyright this film back in 1930, or copyrighted it under a different title. Because of this, it is treated as a public domain film.
Film #102 in the series.
The stretch of road seen when Miss Crabtree picks up the kids on the side of the road is the same shooting location as where Laurel & Hardy filmed The Hoose-Gow.
In keeping with the good old health & safety standards, you notice how not only are the kids allowed to ride in an open-top car without seatbelts, but Chubby goes one better by standing on the outside wing and holding onto the door, as Miss Crabtree drives the kids to school. Breathtaking lunacy! Oh, and when Miss Crabtree plants a kiss on Jackie's mouth whilst driving and turns completely away from looking at the road to do so. All whilst Chubby is standing on the wing! Well at least Mary Ann has the integrity to remove the man's hand from her shoulder when he places it there twice. How things have changed since 1930!
Why is it that the sign which reads "Correct ansers for sale" [sic] that some S's are written correctly and yet the S in "sale" is back-to-front? That has always baffled me how stupid things really are.
Why are all the children dressed 'normally', whilst Farina is dressed like a clown?

Jackie Cooper
Allen Hoskins
Norman Chaney
Bobby Hutchins
June Marlowe
Miss June Crabtree
Mary Ann Jackson
Mary Ann
Matthew Beard
Dorothy DeBorba
Buddy MacDonald
Donald Haines
Clifton Young
Bobby Mallon
Douglas Greer
Creighton Hale
Jack Crabtree
George Savidan
Boy in classroom
Willie Savidan
Boy in classroom
Lyle Tayo
Lady walking by stream
Betty Mae Crane/
Beverly Crane

Talking titles

CREDITS (click image to enlarge)

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

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