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Shrimps for a Day (1934)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Family | 8 December 1934 (USA)
A magic lamp lets a young couple become kids again and exposes a mean old man who runs his orphanage like a prison.

Director:

Gus Meins
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Cast

Credited cast:
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie (as Our Gang)
Scotty Beckett ... Scotty (as Our Gang)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Eileen Bernstein Eileen Bernstein ... Girl eating cake (as Our Gang)
Alvin Buckelew Alvin Buckelew ... Alvin (as Our Gang)
Marianne Edwards ... Marianne (as Our Gang)
Gordon Evans Gordon Evans ... Kid Who Finds Lamp (as Our Gang)
Leonard Kibrick ... Leonard (as Our Gang)
Donald Proffitt Donald Proffitt ... Kid eating cake (as Our Gang)
Jacqueline Taylor ... Jane (as Our Gang)
Jerry Tucker ... Jerry (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Brasno George Brasno ... Dick as a child
Olive Brasno Olive Brasno ... Mary as a child
Richard Brasno Richard Brasno ... Mr. Crutch as a child (as Dick Brasno)
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Storyline

A fantasy-departure from the norm in the series as the kids are all orphans in a home that is run like a prison by Mr. Crutch, except when he is trying to impress wealthy sponsors such as Mr. Wade, his daughter Mary and Mary's fiancé Dick. Mary is so impressed with Mr. Crutch's "operation" and how happy the kids appear to be, and wishes she could be a kid again and share in all the fun. She gets her wish. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Mrs Crutch is about to give the kids castor oil after the big party - "I'm not going to have a bunch of sick children on *my* hands" - a close-up of the bottle reveals that it came from "Clyde W. Slater, druggist" at the address "Main and Washington Blvd, Culver City, Cal" Those streets are just a few blocks from the site of the Hal Roach Studios, at 8822 West Washington (corner of Washington and National), Culver City, California. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Old Days
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Music by Leroy Shield
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One of the strangest Our Gang films I've ever seen!
15 January 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of the weirdest Our Gang shorts I've ever seen--and I've seen a bunch!! It begins at an orphanage run by a nasty old guy (Clarence Wilson) and woman. However, they are taking the kids to a party at the McWade's house--because the McWades are the ones who pay his salary.

The kids have a nice time and Dick and Mary McWade wish they, too, could be kids and enjoy the party. When they discover a magic lamp, they are transformed into kids and they join the party. BUT, there is a catch. The nasty orphanage operators take Dick and Mary with them when the party ends and they get to learn first-hand how badly they treat the kids. It's all very funny (particularly the part with the hammer) and strange--and well worth seeing.

George and Olive Brasno play the child versions of Dick and Mary. However, I have no idea why they chose to have these two midgets play kids instead of just having kids play the parts. Perhaps it was because Dick smokes a cigar, but considering the way child actors were treated back then, I am surprised they didn't just have a kid smoke!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shrimps for a Day See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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