The Little Rascals, also known as "Our Gang", was an American comedy series about a group of poor neighborhood children and the adventures they shared together. It began as a series of short films in the 1920s, and was brought to television in the 1950s.
Farina is a pageboy at a hotel in which a pet-show is going on. The gang decides to spruce up their wide variety of pets and enter them in the contest. Meanwhile, Wheezer has lost his puppies and the bell that he uses to call them, so he goes around ringing every bell in town.Watch Now:Amazon
A wealthy society matron treats the underprivileged kids of the gang to an outing at her country estate. The gang turns both the journey and the visit at the farm into a chaotic adventure.
The gang has its collective eye on a $50 prize being given away that day at the local radio amateur contest. They hold auditions among themselves to see who will perform on the show. After turning down Alfalfa several times (he wears several disguises), they overwhelmingly choose Darla, who wows them with her rendition of ""I'm In The Mood For Love."" At the radio station, however, Darla is late, and Alfalfa sings the song in her place.
Spanky has a new fishing pole, so there'll be no Sunday school for him today. Buckwheat and Porky tag along as he ventures off for a nice spot to fish. A crabby property owner comes along and shoos them away, however, and they find themselves wandering through the woods. Some black people are holding a baptism ceremony at a nearby river just as a solar eclipse occurs, and the boys get a good scare.Watch Now:Amazon
The gang's all set to have themselves a game of football, but Spanky's mom is going out and is leaving Spanky in charge of the baby. The solution: get the baby to fall asleep. Walking her back and forth across the yard only succeeds in tiring out her big brother. So, Spanky and Alfalfa take her upstairs to bed, where Alfalfa sings her a lullaby.Watch Now:Amazon
Spanky has been appointed treasurer of the gang's new club, and as such, keeps their money in an envelope. Meanwhile, his forgetful father needs a reminder from the maid that it's his wedding anniversary, so he places an envelope of money on the kitchen table as a gift for his wife. Unfortunately, his absent-mindedness leads him to then place the envelope in a book he's carrying ("How To Improve Your Memory") and walk out the door. Then Spanky comes in and sets the gang's envelope on the table. When his mom walks into the kitchen, she sees him take the envelope and find a hiding place for it. She goes to her husband's office and reports this incident, and he calls the maid to send Spanky over there right away. This turns out to be impossible, though, since the club has just broken up, and the gang is demanding their money, which is no longer in Spanky's hiding place.
The gang is poorly treated at the orphanage, but today they're being treated to a party at the home of Mr. Wade, a prospective sponsor. His daughter, Mary, and her boyfriend, Dick, come upon a magic lamp that turns them into children, and they join the orphans for ice cream and cake. Unfortunately, when the party ends, the two of them are mistaken for orphans and taken back to the orphanage, where they witness the abuses first-hand.Watch Now:Amazon
Wally's over-protective mother goes shopping and leaves the boy in the care of Barclay, the chauffeur. Wally orders him to "drive down some alleys" and comes upon the gang, who are riding on a makeshift merry-go-round powered by their mule, Algebra. To make the mule go, all you have to do is sneeze. To get her to stop, you need to sound an alarm clock. The action is soon relocated to Wally's mansion, where the mule runs rampant every time somebody sneezes, which is often.
The boys are getting ready for a camping trip, but can't be bothered to bring along Spanky and Scotty. The little kids decide to go on their own, and manage to get there way ahead of the older boys. They also remember to bring food, which the older boys have forgotten to do. When it gets dark and things get scary, Spanky and Scotty are having the time of their lives.Watch Now:Amazon
The local bully lassos Marianne's doll and hurls it into the street, where it gets crushed by a passing vehicle. The gang vows to find her another one before sundown. As it turns out, there's a doll in the window of a nearby store that's just right, but the owner's son is the very same bully. The gang begrudgingly trades in Pete for the doll, but then breaks a vase, and must give back the doll in payment for the damages. Luckily, Pete attacks the owner and his son, and they reluctantly give the doll to the gang in return for taking back their dog.Watch Now:Amazon
A rich kid moves into the neighborhood, and the gang paws all over his shiny fire engine. When Wally's girl, Jane, takes a ride with the snotty brat, Wally boasts that the gang has their own fire engine. Eventually they do, but they have to build it first. To test their new ride, they race the rich boy down a steep hill.
The boys want to get out of going to school, so Joe and Farina help out by writing phony notes for them. As it turns out, the class is being treated to a day at the local amusement park, and once the boys hear of this, it's too late. They decide to head off for the rides, anyway, but have to contend with a teacher who pretends not to know them, and a truant officer bent on teaching them a lesson.Watch Now:Amazon
The gang is angry with Stymie for stealing a pie, but they forgive him when he frees their dogs from the dogcatcher. When the man hears what Stymie did, he confiscates Pete, and tells Stymie that he'll need five dollars within the next half hour to get the dog back. A convenient wind blows a five dollar bill Stymie's way in answer to his prayer, and a cop chases him around to get it back for the woman who lost it.
The gang is trying to put on a performance of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," but Brisbane has to divide his attention between the show and looking after his kid brother, Spanky.
It's the first day of school, and Brisbane is reminded by his mom that if he does well, he'll grow up to be president. He'd rather be a streetcar conductor, actually. The local blacksmith tells him a story about a boy who got expelled for playing pranks on the teacher, and this suits Brisbane just fine. He proceeds to devise any number of bad deeds, culminating in bringing a mule into the classroom. Sure enough, he's sent away by Miss Crabtree. What he didn't consider was that he'd have to explain all of this to Mom.
The gang is skipping school in order to listen to the rousing stories of the old sea captain. When Miss Crabtree complains, the two of them devise a scheme to scare the kids into giving up their ideas of becoming pirates. The captain arranges for them to arrive that night to start their first voyage, only to become a slave-driver once they're on board.Watch Now:Amazon
Wheezer's parents are about ready to divorce each other, so Stymie helps Wheezer to make himself sick. He gives him every unpleasant thing he can think of to eat, and when Wheezer really does get sick, Stymie gives him an assortment of items from the medicine cabinet.Watch Now:Amazon
It's time for Grandma to move to the county home. It seems newly-married son-in-law Dan has squandered all her savings and the new wife doesn't want the old woman around. As she's packing her things, she gives Chubby some useless bonds to make a tail for his kite. A letter arrives, which Dan gets his hands on. After "accidentally" breaking Grandma's glasses, he reads the letter to her, stating that the bonds are useless. It turns out that the letter says the opposite, that the bonds are worth plenty of money, but by the time Grandma realizes this, Dan's already chasing down the kite, while the gang chases after him.Watch Now:Amazon
Wheezer and Stymie are out selling stuff door-to-door, including the gang's baseball equipment. They're invited into a large house by Shirley, who's home alone. The gang eventually arrives as well, as do the local police.Watch Now:Amazon
The gang sets up their own junior fire department after mistaking a bootleg still for a boiler. Steam from an open window is mistaken for fire, and they rush off to put it out, arousing the attention of the local cop, who smells the liquor.
Spanky's parents take him to a photographer's studio to have his picture taken, but one mishap after another keeps this from happening.
Alfalfa's putting on a William Tell-style performance with his popgun. He uses a mirror to shoot backwards at the apple on Buckwheat's head, only to find that the suction-cup dart has made a direct hit on Butch's nose. When it becomes clear that he's going to get beaten up, Alfalfa faints. This gives Spanky enough time to work up one of his schemes: he takes Alfalfa back to the clubhouse and puts him in bed. The bed has a hole through which Alfalfa can put his lower leg, so that Spanky can fix him up with a fake leg, complete with a misformed foot made out of a fish inside a long sock. The plan works on Butch, who learns that Alfalfa was injured sticking up for his pal, Butch.
The boys are treating Darla's father to repeated renditions of ""Home, Sweet Home,"" delivered with a liberal dose of cacophony. But it's getting late, and as they open the door to leave, it suddenly starts to rain. Mrs. Hood will sleep with Darla, while the four boys will share Mr. Hood's bed. It doesn't take long for him to leave for the living room couch, where he covers himself with a bearskin rug and dreams of the four boys as miniature devils poking him with pitchforks.
Spanky and Alfalfa are finding themselves with very little free time, as they have to babysit their infant siblings. They decide, with Buckwheat and Porky, to run away. As they arrive in a small town, they notice that the owners of the local bakery are feeding stray dogs. Spanky and Alfalfa ask for some treats for their dog, but only get dog biscuits. Buckwheat and Porky then walk right in with another dog, who turns out to belong to the proprietors. Playing along, the kindly folks give the two boys every treat they request for the dog. As the boys are all eating cake and cream puffs, the proprietors overhear them talking about being runaways. It's decided that the boys must be taught a lesson, so the man dresses as a local sheriff and arrests the boys, putting them in striped prison outfits.
The boys overhear the teacher requesting a week-long closure of the school so she can attend her sister's wedding. The superintendent of schools says that nothing short of an epidemic would accomplish that. The boys decide to create an epidemic, and inflate rubber balls under their shirts to give themselves fat stomachs, and paint spots around their eyes. Meanwhile, Waldo finds out that, in light of the students' exemplary grades, the superintendent will make an exception and close the school. He sends Porky to deliver a note to the boys, but Spanky doesn't have the patience to wait for Porky to remember which pocket it's in. The boys go to a doctor to be diagnosed, not realizing he's a veterinary doctor. He examines Buckwheat first, behind a closed door, leaving Spanky and Alfalfa to overhear details about monkey serums and the like. When the doctor leaves, they go in for Buckwheat, only to find a monkey sitting there.
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