Shrimps for a Day

Shrimps for a Day is a 1934 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins. It was the 133rd Our Gang short (45th talking episode) that was released.

Shrimps for a Day
Directed byGus Meins
Produced byHal Roach
StarringGeorge McFarland
Scotty Beckett
Matthew Beard
Jerry Tucker
Marianne Edwards
Leonard Kibrick
Jackie Taylor
Billie Thomas
Music byLeroy Shield
CinematographyFrancis Corby
Edited byLouis McManus
Distributed byMGM
Release date
  • December 8, 1934 (1934-12-08)
Running time
20' 18"
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Plot

The gang resides at the Happy Home Orphanage, an inaptly named organization run by the dishonest, child-hating Mr. Crutch (Clarence Wilson) and Mrs. Crutch (Rosa Gore). Invited to a garden party at the home of wealthy Mr. Wade, the kids enjoy a good time and are showered with gifts, knowing full well that their new clothes and toys will be seized and sold by the Crutches once they return to the orphanage.

Meanwhile, Mr. Wade's daughter Mary (Doris McMahan) and her boyfriend Dick (Joe Young) stumble upon a magic lamp which grants them their wish: to be children again. Dick and Mary are summarily rounded up by the Crutches and bundled off to the orphanage, where they manage to get the goods on the underhanded operation. Spanky has some funny scenes, including one wherein he refuses to take a dose of castor oil and instead pushes it into Mr. Crutch's mouth. During a sleepless night, Spanky helps Dick escape out the window. Dick runs to Mary's house, where he finds the lamp and wishes he was an adult again. He then returns to being an adult and leads Mr. Wade back to the orphanage, exposing the Crutches and restoring Mary to adulthood. Spanky then has his revenge on Mr. Crutch by using the lamp to wish him down to his size, then beating him up.[1]

Notes

  • Shrimps for a Day, like the previous short Mama's Little Pirate, was an Our Gang foray into pure fantasy.
  • This is the last appearance of Jackie Lynn Taylor. She had been in the series since early 1934.

Cast

The Gang

Additional cast

  • Dick Brasno as Mr. Crutch as a child
  • George Brasno as Dick as a child
  • Olive Brasno as Mary as a child
  • Herbert Evans as The butler
  • Rosa Gore as Mrs. Crutch
  • Wilfred Lucas as Mr. Wade, the sponsor
  • Doris McMahan as Mary
  • Ray Turner as Frightened man
  • Clarence Wilson as Mr. Crutch
  • Joe Young as Dick
  • Laughing Gravy as Dog
  • Marialise Gumm as Undetermined role
  • Dorian Johnson as Undetermined role
  • Joyce Kay as Undetermined role
  • Fred Purner, Jr. as Undetermined role
  • Delmar Watson as Undetermined role

See also

References

  1. "New York Times:". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
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