The First Round-Up

The First Round-Up is a 1934 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins.[1] It was the 128th (40th talking episode) Our Gang short that was released.

The First Round-Up
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Directed byGus Meins
Produced byHal Roach
StarringWally Albright
Matthew Beard
George McFarland
Scotty Beckett
Tommy Bond
Pete the Pup
Music byLeroy Shield
CinematographyFrancis Corby
Edited byRay Snyder
Distributed byMGM
Release date
  • May 5, 1934 (1934-05-05)
Running time
18 minutes
CountryUnited States


Wally Albright and the gang have planned for an elaborate camping trip for a week at Cherry Creek, but Wally's father is convinced his boy and the others will be back by nightfall. Meanwhile, Wally and Stymie try to shoo off Spanky and Scotty rather than to have to drag them along. Their reasoning is that the kids would never survive the trip, but upon arrival, Spanky and Scotty are already there after having hitchhiked their way to the site. This results in the theme of the trip with the younger boys reminding the older boys of their reluctance to have them around them. The little kids are also the only ones who planned far enough ahead to bring food, sharing it with the big kids in one big mob. As things get darker, the big kids get scared as the younger ones get excited, making shadows from their lamp which adds to the thunder and lightning passing over, inadvertently scaring off the older kids. Left alone, Scotty and Spanky are by themselves as their lamp is carried by a turtle under it into the creek, where it goes out. Spooked, they jump into their sleeping bags and stick their legs out to race after the big kids running home.


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See also


  1. "New York Times: The First Round-Up". NY Times. Retrieved September 20, 2008.
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