Mike Fright

Mike Fright is a 1934 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins. It was the (42nd talking episode) 130th[2] Our Gang short that was released.

Mike Fright
Directed byGus Meins
Produced byHal Roach
Written byHal Roach
Music byMarvin Hatley
Leroy Shield
CinematographyKenneth Peach
Edited byLouis McManus
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 25, 1934 (1934-08-25)
Running time
17' 11"[2]
CountryUnited States


When open auditions are announced for a radio variety program, the local station is besieged by aggressively over-coached "professional kids." Also auditioning is the International Silver String Submarine Band—which turns out to be the gang, equipped (or rather, armed) with home-made instruments.

They suffer through an endless parade of cute kiddie troupers, and accidentally knock over the microphone several times, which inadvertently blows tubes and bulbs in the control room, causing the hat worn by the sound man, played by Bert Gordon, to be literally blown off his head, and making his hair stand on end. The gang then steal the show with a rendition of "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze."

Musical numbers include Jimmy had a Nickel (by Maurice Sigler), My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii, and My Wild Irish Rose (by Chauncey Olcott), which is cut short because the gang is distractingly eating lemons![1]


The Gang

Additional cast

  • Leonard Kibrick as Leonard
  • Jean Aulbach as Hula dancer
  • Billy Lee as Tap dancer
  • Leona McDowell as Darling Sister
  • Joy Wurgaft as Hula dancer
  • Sid Walker as Charlie, the Sound Man
  • Charlie Hall as Elevator Operator
  • Marvin Hatley as Piano Player
  • William Irving as Announcer
  • Frank LaRue as Mr. Barker, the Sponsor
  • Isabel La Mal as Receptionist
  • James C. Morton as Mr. Morton, Station Manager
  • Fern Carter as Audience member
  • Joe Young as Audience member
  • Laura June Kenny as Undetermined role
  • Gloria White as Undetermined role
  • The Meglin Kiddies as Dancers

Theme song

Mike Fright was the first Our Gang short since Pups Is Pups to not contain the opening "Good Old Days" Our Gang theme song. Instead, it was replaced with the Leroy Shield incidental tune "Little Dancing Girl", which appeared as background music in many of the films and would be the music used for the first 4 minutes of this episode. Because the nature of this film was a talent show with a variety of musical selections, additional background music was not used, nor was it needed.

See also


  1. Erickson, Hal (2010). "Mike Fright". Rovi Corporation. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
  2. Demoss, Robert (August 19, 2008). "The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 6 (VHS)". Cabin Fever Entertainment. TheLuckyCorner.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07.

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