Series: Our Gang

Director: Gus Meins
Producer: Hal Roach
Photography: Ernest Depew
Editor: Louis McManus
Sound: Warren B. Delaplain

Stars: George McFarland, Billie Thomas, Carl Switzer, Leonard Kibrick, Scotty Beckett, Gloria Brown, Harold Switzer
Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released: 14 March 1936
Length: 2 reels
Production No.: G-31
Filming dates:
Rating: 6/10

The Lucky Corner

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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.


Copyrighted January 18, 1933.
The 143rd film in the series to be released.
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.
Strangely, the DVD print is missing the opening MGM credit.
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."
Charles Lloyd owns "Young's Barbers". Lloyd was also known as Charles Young.
The film was released on the same day that Harry Dunkinson died.
There are 5 kids in the opening scene that share the glass of lemonade: Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Marianne and Merrill. 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.
Buckwheat's teeth begin chattering long before his mouth even starts moving!

George McFarland
Billie Thomas
Carl Switzer
Leonard Kibrick
Orangeade proprietor's son
Scotty Beckett
Gloria Browne
Gloria, tap dancer
Harold Switzer
Merrill Strong
Boy with horn on his foot
Marianne Edwards
Alvin Buckelew
Donald Proffitt
Billy Mindy
Kid in sailor suit
John Collum
Kid in crowd
Tommy McFarland
Kid in crowd
Gloria Hurst
Girl in parade
Laura June Williams
Girl in parade
Gus Leonard
William Wagner
Orangeade shop proprietor
James C. Morton
Ernie Alexander
First customer
Kay McCoy
Blonde woman with Ernie Alexander
Joe Mathey
Joe, Buckwheat's father
Joe Bordeaux
Bobby Dunn
'Poisoned' customer
Charles Lloyd
Art Rowlands
Customer who screams
Bunny Bronson
Lester Dorr
Orangeade customer
Jack Hill
Clarence Morehouse
Bobby Burns
Fred Holmes
Crowd extra
Sam Lufkin
Crowd extra
Snooky Valentine
Toby Doolan
Lita Rae Vance
Evelyn Burns
Laughing crowd extra
Lew Davis
Laughing crowd extra
Jackie Banning
Girl in parade
Priscilla Lyon
Audience extra
[*not Jack Tiny Lipson]


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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)
Jesse Brisson (identification of Kay McCoy, Evelyn Burns, Lew Davis, Jack Tiny Lipson's non-appearance)
Bob Peterson (identification of some of the cast)

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