This listing is for Our Gang Comedies: The Best of Buckwheat VHS Video Tape.
Actors: 4 Stories Per Cassette
Format: Black & White, HiFi Sound, NTSC
Rated: NR - Not Rated
Number of tapes: 1
Studio: MGM (Warner)
VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
Run Time: 40 minutes
Hal Roach signed his OUR GANG series over to MGM in 1938 (later renaming his own OUR GANG works THE LITTLE RASCALS for TV); he might have reconsidered had he foreseen it taking such a nosedive. A lot of the post-Roach shorts are dire - the writing, acting, almost everything - and the majority are no more than mediocre...but anyone who gets their first exposure to the MGM entries via this tape will probably wonder why they get such constant flak.
They did a dandy job of separating the wheat from the chaff here. MEN IN FRIGHT (the kids' hospital adventure), GOING TO PRESS (their amateur newspaper story) and MIGHTY LAK A GOAT (their mishap with smelly chemicals) are winsomely funny. I don't personally like KIDDIE KURE (their encounter with a hypochondriac) as much, but I have to admit it's pretty good anyway. Buckwheat's role in each is not major, so the video title is a bit misleading, but better to see him supporting in these than starring in DON'T LIE. Overall, these films are a credit to the OUR GANG name, and I commend this and THE BEST OF SPANKY.
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