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FULL SYNOPSIS

Much against his will, Spanky McFarland had been entered in a kiddie talent contest by his ambitious mother (Kitty Kelly). Hoping to dissuade his Mom from forcing him into a theatrical career, Spanky arranges for the other Our Gang kids to "razz" him during the performance, thereby making certain that he'll lose. While backstage, however, Spanky befriends little Marianne Edwards, who desperately needs the prize money to buy a new dress. Stricken by stage fright, Marianne rushes offstage in tears before she can go into her act. Touched by the girl's plight, Spanky is now determined to win the contest and turn the prize money over to the girl--but the other Gang members don't know that, and they're primed to greet Spanky's recitation with a barrage of boos, catcalls, noisemakers and peashooters. As in the previous comedy Our Gang: Mike Fright, this two-reeler scores its biggest laughs by contrasting the pretensions of "professional kids" with the down-to-earthness of the Gang. As an added bonus, this film marks the debut of future series stalwart Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer. "Beginner's Luck" was originally released on February 23, 1935. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

George "Spanky" McFarland
as Spanky
Scotty Beckett
as Scotty
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer
as Tom
Jerry Tucker
as Spanky's Pal
Leonard Kibrick
as Spanky's Pal
Kitty Kelly
as Spanky's Mother
Tom Herbert
as Master of Ceremonies
James C. Morton
as Piano Player
Ruth Hiatt
as Marianne's Mother
Bess Flowers
as Guest of Spanky's Mother
Charlie Hall
as Stagehand
Bob McKenzie
as Audience Member

Crew

Gus Meins
Director
Hal Roach
Producer
Art Lloyd
Cinematographer
Louis McManus
Editor
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