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Bored of Education (1936)

Bored of Education


10 minutes

Comedy / Family

Directed by Gordon Douglas

George 'Spanky' McFarland as Spanky
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer as Alfalfa
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas as Buckwheat
Eugene Gordon 'Porky' Lee as Porky
Darla Hood as Darla
Sidney 'Woim' Kibrick as Our Gang Member
Harold Switzer as Our Gang Member
Tommy McFarland as Our Gang Member
Jerry Tucker as Our Gang Member
Joe Strauch Jr. as Our Gang Member
John Collum as Our Gang Member
Dickie De Nuet as Our Gang Member
Dorian Johnston as Our Gang Member
Robert Lentz as Our Gang Member
Donald Proffitt as Our Gang Member
Pete The Pup as Petie
Rosina Lawrence as Miss Lawrence
Jack Egan as Ice cream attendant

A 1936 MGM release, Bored of Education is an Our Gang / Little Rascals comedy short directed by Gordon Douglas.

The gang is depressed, waiting on the steps for the new school year to begin and worrying about who the new teacher will be.  Always thinking, Spanky comes up with a plan to keep himself and Alfalfa out of school.  He blows up a balloon and stuffs it into Alfalfa’s cheek to fake a toothache and swollen jaw.

What Spanky doesn’t know is that the new teacher, Miss Lawrence, has arranged a treat for the kids – ice cream!

When Miss Lawrence overhears Spanky’s plot she decides to go along with it and sends Alfalfa home with Spanky going along to help him get home.  Much to their dismay, as they are leaving the boys see the ice cream man approaching.

Surprisingly, Alfalfa has a complete recovery when Spanky pops the balloon and they return to the classroom announcing that Alfalfa is all better.  The teach relents and allows them back into class, but wants Alfalfa to sing a song.  Unfortunately, part of the balloon has wedged in Alfalfa’s throat and when he is called on to sing his performance is punctuated with wheezing noises every time he draws a breath.

After finally completing his bizarre singing, the boys are allowed to get their ice cream only to find it is melted – but the nice Miss Lawrence saves them when she hands them two fresh ice cream bars.

This short is the only Our Gang film for which Hal Roach won an Academy Award.

Actors: Our Gang, Darla Hood, Eugene Gordon 'Porky' Lee, George 'Spanky' McFarland, Little Rascals, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas
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