The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection spans the years of 1929-1938. This collections contains all 80 of the original Little Rascals theatrical talkies in their entirety; fully Remastered, Restored and Uncut. This ama... more »zing 8-disc set contains a collectible booklet, loads of nostalgic bonus footage, photos and much more! This preeminent collection is a must-have for fans, both old and new.
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"Beginner's Luck " is a spoof of the kiddie ameteur show craze that was sweeping the nation at the time and a hilarious victory over a stage mother by the gang.It starts with Spanky reciting to a group of his mother's friend's and the announcement by his mother that he will be making his stage debut at a local theater.His mom is forcing him to stay in and reherse his lines,the gang comes up with a plan to sabotage his act and end his acting days.
At the theater Spanky befriends a little girl who needs the prize money to buy her special dress but has fallen victim to stage fright.Spanky nobley asks permission if he wins can he give the little girl the money his mother agrees and is beaming as Spanky tells the girl " Girlie the dress is in the bag".Spanky must tell the gang of his change of heart and stop their assault.His mom volunteers to speak to the boys but she has no idea their was a plot to ruin the act and can't make the gang understand.Spanky goes on and the kids erupt with their noisemakers and peashooters,his act has turned from a Shakesperean recital to a slapstick comedy skit.Spanky is busy dodging peashooters and trying to get his lines out.Spanky's grandmother understands his act has turned into a comedic farce and she laughs along with his stage misadventures,on the other hand Spanky's mother doesn't see any humor in the laughter and wants it stopped and her son off the stage.Spanky's mother waves for him to come off but he is still trying to win the prize for the girl.The audience think this is all part of the regular act and love it as they laugh along.Spanky's act has turned into a laugh riot.Spanky's mother announces she won't have her son laughed at and pleads with the MC to take him off but she is rebuffed.The MC knows the audience loves this kid and can't pull him off as it would be real bad for business.Spanky's mother then tries to run on stage but is grabbed by the MC who won't let her ruin this comedy show.Frantic to get her little darling off,she then takes a pole and goes to the back curtain and tries to hook him and pull him off.The grandmother sees her chance by raising the back curtain she will expose Spanky's mother to the view of the audience and they will laugh at her and hopefully she will learn her lesson for putting Spank on the stage.The grandmother says "Here's where we stop the show" and starts to pull on the ropes of the back curtain and it is starting to rise ,the viewer sees a curtain hook moving up along the mother's legs and towards her dress and as if Spanky's poor mother hasn't had enough her dress hem gets snagged on the curtain hook.She lets out a screech as she realizes her situation as the audience erupts with howls of approving laughter as the rising curtain is taking her dress up with it as she tries to hold down the dress hem and get the hook out.She now is the hit of the show herself.Every man in the audience is watching with bulging eyes waiting for the dress to move higher up.The mother that wanted the crowd to stop laughing at her son has done it by getting the works on stage herself as they howl at her misfortune.Grandma who can't believe her luck that she has caught her daughter's dress and is really teaching her a lesson and making Spanky's mother understand the concept of what is funny.Spanky has just freed his visor and turns around to see what all the comotion is about as he sees his mother reluctentley has joined his act having her dress hiked by the curtain and the entire theater laughing their heads off at her.Spanky's mother fumbles trying to dislodge the hook as grandma delievers the coup de grase and pulls down and jolts the curtain to the top of the theater ripping her dress right off her.Spank's mom is thrown down to kneeling on the stage starring up to the ceiling looking for her dress she is frozen from fright or petrified by her experiance.Spank jumps to his feet to save his mother.He pulls a stage prop in front of her to shield her from the audience but as he gets it into place he hears a huge increase in the laughter as the the crowd is now near a pandamonium peak .He looks up and the prop is a caricuture of a squatting dog's body with his mother's head fitting perfectly posed on the top.The mother that didn't want her son laughed at is now humiliated as she is in a very degrading position on the stage.
"Beginner's Luck" is one of the better shorts where the gang takes care of a pompous adult.In this case it's Spanky's mother who is a stuffed shirt stage mother type who has forced her son to recite against his will.Spanky's mother is the villan of "Beginner's Luck" even though she does do good deeds like letting Spanky give the prize money to the girl and going to the gang to tell them of Spanky's change of mind.It is usually the way of the Our Gang comidies that the villan is taken care of in the end so this short delivers the villan in a most humbeling manner.It is not enough that she has the indignation of being degradingly defrocked on stage she then has the stage prop placed in front of her where she goes "tits up" behind it.This short seems to go overboard on the amount that is delivered to Spanky's mother boardering on a sadistic enjoyment of the fate of Spanky mom.There is also an erotic element watching this girl have her dress torn off her.But the best feature is that the gang has put a misguided adult in their place and Spanky's mother is made into a complete laughing stock on the stage.
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Update: NOT ALL UNCUT! Includes some SILENT shorts, in addit
Paul J. Mular | San Carlos, CA USA | 07/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"BAD NEWS FOLKS! This not a re-release of the CabinFever transfers. 14 of these are Blackhawk prints, unrestored from 16mm! And two titles have EDITS!
Comparing this release to Cabin fever's 1999 DVD release shows that Cabin Fever's has less artifacting. Those are defenately the superior DVD releases!
The Little Rascals: Vol 1 - 12 Cabin Fever Box Set (6 discs)
The edited titles in this set are BEAR SHOOTERS & WASHEE IRONEE, they were complete in the Cabin Fever DVDs.
The old RHI VHS master got used for WASHEE IRONEE, about 11 minutes into the short, when the gang askes a Chinese boy how to wash clothes, you see him drink some water but the close up of him spitting the water on the clothes & saying "Washee, Washee" is MISSING. The shot right after with the gang looking puzzled is also MISSING. We pick up again with a longer shot of the gang spitting the water on the clothes. The reason for this edit is really a mystery. It does not censor anything that we don't see elsewhere in the short, it must have been an editing error when putting reel 1 & reel 2 together.
Blackhawk never put their name on any 35mm material that they used. They spliced their titles in to their 16mm negative. The sad part is that we will be deprived of the original title artwork.
Here is the list of the 14 titles with the Blackhawk homemovie title cards:
Barnum & Ringling Inc., which does NOT have the original Hal Roach Music & Effects soundtrack! This was one of the first Hal Roach silent films to be produced with a Music & effects soundtrack disc for theaters to run with the film. The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum often runs this short with its original soundtrack. Too bad we get the Blackhawk Gaylord Carter soundtrack here! Boxing Gloves Moan & Groan Inc. Shivering Shakespear A Tough Winter The Kid From Borneo The Pinch Singer Three Smart Boys Roamin' Holiday Bear Facts Came The Brawn Feed'em & Weep The Awful Tooth Hide & Shriek
Not only will we get all of the Hal Roach sound shorts in one package, but a nice surprise will be the inclusion of some silent shorts. A few of these are making their DVD debut!
SYNOPSIS: "The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection" spans the years of 1929-1938. This collection contains all 80 of the original sound Hal Roach Our Gang films (later re-issued as The Little Rascals) in their entirety; fully Remastered, Restored and Uncut. This amazing 8-disc set contains a collectible booklet, loads of nostalgic bonus footage, photos and much more! This preeminent collection is a must-have for fans, both old and new.
Members of the gang start out with WHEEZER, FARINA, Mary Ann Jackson, Joe Cobb, Jean Darling, Harry Spear, & Pete (the Pup).
DISC 1 (Introduction by Richard Bann):
Small Talk (1929) (only 3-reeler running about 25 minutes) ***(2-reels running 15 to 21 minutes from here to 1936)*** Railroadin' (1929) (CHUBBY joins the gang) Boxing Gloves (1929) (with Jackie Cooper) Lazy Days (1929) Bouncing Babies (1929) Moan and Groan Inc (1929) (with Edgar Kennedy & Max Davidson) Shivering Shakespeare (1930) (with Jackie Cooper & Edgar Kennedy) The First Seven Years (1930) (with Jackie Cooper & Edgar Kennedy) When the Wind Blows (1930) (with Jackie Cooper & Edgar Kennedy) Bear Shooters (1930) ****EDITED**** (with Charlie Hall)
DISC 2 (Introduction by Tom Hatten): A Tough Winter (1930) (with Stepin' Fetchit) Pups is Pups (1930) (with Charlie Hall. 1st appearance of Dorothy "ECHO" DeBorba) Teacher's Pet (1930) - Commentary by Richard Bann (w/Jackie Cooper & MISS CRABTREE. 1st STYMIE appearance) School's Out (1930) (with Jackie Cooper & MISS CRABTREE) Helping Grandma (1931) (with Jackie Cooper. 1st appearance of Shirley Jean Rickert) Love Business (1931) (with Jackie Cooper & MISS CRABTREE) Little Daddy (1931) (with MISS CRABTREE) Bargain Day (1931) (last with Jackie Cooper using a stand-in for the last scene) Fly My Kite (1931) - Commentary by Richard Bann Big Ears (1931)
DISC 3 (Introduction by Dickie Moore): Shiver My Timbers (1931) (with MISS CRABTREE) Dog is Dogs (1931) Readin' and Writin' (1932) (with MISS CRABTREE. 1st with BREEZY) Free Eats (1932) (with Billy Gilbert. 1st film to feature SPANKY) Spanky (1932) (with Billy Gilbert) Choo Choo (1932) (1st appearance of Wally Albright) Pooch (1932) Hook and Ladder (1932) (w/ Dinah the Mule. 1st with Dickie Moore) Free Wheeling (1932) (with Dinah The Mule) Birthday Blues (1932)
DISC 4 (Introduction by Jerry Tucker): A Lad an' a Lamp (1932) Fish Hooky (1933) (w/ grown up old Our Gangers Mickey, Mary, Joe & Farina) Forgotten Babies (1933) (with Billy Gilbert. 1st appearance of Tommy Bond as a gang member and not BUTCH) Kid from Borneo (1933) Mush and Milk (1933) Bedtime Worries (1933) Wild Poses (1933) - Commentary by Richard Ward (Laurel & Hardy Cameo) Hi, Neighbor (1934) (1st teaming Scotty Beckett with Spanky) For Pete's Sake (1934) The First Round-Up (1934) (with Billy Bletcher)
DISC 5 (Introduction by Jerry Tucker): Honkey Donkey (1934) Mike Fright (1934) (with Charlie Hall) Washee Ironee (1934) ****EDITED**** (with 'Tiny' Sanford) Mama's Little Pirate (1934) (1st time Billie is BUCKWHEAT) Shrimps for a Day (1934) Anniversary Trouble (1935) (with Hattie McDaniel & Johnny Arthur) Beginner's Luck (1935) (with Charlie Hall & THE CABIN KIDS. ALFALFA's debut film) Teacher's Beau (1935) (with THE CABIN KIDS, Charlie Hall, Billy Bletcher) Sprucin' Up (1935) Little Papa (1935) (SPANKY & ALFALFA become more of a team)
DISC 6 (Introduction by Richard Lewis Ward): Little Sinner (1935) (1st appearance by PORKY) The Lucky Corner (1936) Our Gang Follies of 1936 (1935) (DARLA HOOD's 1st appearance) Divot Diggers (1936) (with Billy Bletcher) Pinch Singer (1936) (with Charlie Hall) Second Childhood (1936) Arbor Day (1936) (with Hattie McDaniel) ***(1-reel, about 9 to 11 minutes from here on unless noted.)*** Bored of Education (1936) (with Rosina Lawrence as MISS LAWRENCE) Acadamy Award Winner! Two Too Young (1936) (with Rosina Lawrence as MISS LAWRENCE) Pay as You Exit (1936) (Joe Cobb returns outside of the gang) Spooky Hooky (1936) (with Rosina Lawrence as MISS JONES) Reunion in Rhythm (1937) (with Rosina Lawrence as MISS JONES and old Our Gangers Mickey, Mary, Joe, & Stymie) Glove Taps (1937) (1st to feature the "BUTCH" and "WALDO" characters)
DISC 7 (Introduction by Annie Ross): Hearts are Thumps (1937) (with Rosina Lawrence as MISS JONES)(He-Man Woman haters Club) Three Smart Boys (1937) (with Rosina Lawrence as MISS JONES) Rushin' Ballet (1937) (2nd to feature "BUTCH") Roamin' Holiday (1937) Night 'n' Gales (1937) (with Johnny Arthur) Fishy Tales (1937) (3rd to feature "BUTCH") Framing Youth (1937) (4th to feature "BUTCH") The Pigskin Palooka (1937) Mail and Female (1937) (featuring the He-Man Woman Haters Club) Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937) (2-reel special, 18 minutes) Canned Fishing (1938) Bear Facts (1938) Three Men in a Tub (1938) Came the Brawn (1938) (Last appearance of "SPANKY" & "BUTCH") Feed 'em and Weep (1938) (w/ Johnny Arthur. Philip Hurlic replaces "Buckwheat" only in this film) The Awful Tooth (1938) Hide and Shriek (1938)
(Note: Spanky & Butch would return to the series after Hal Roach sold it to MGM.)
DISC 8 (Introduction by Jean Darling): Three Silents: Dog Heaven (1927) - Commentary by Richard Ward Spook Spoofing (1928) - Commentary by Richard Ward Barnum & Ringling, Inc. (1928) The Story of Hal Roach and Our Gang Rascals and Racial Issues Catching Up With The Rascals - this feature contains the following: Catching Up with the Rascals: Dickie Moore Catching Up with the Rascals: Jean Darling Catching Up with the Rascals: Jerry Tucker Catching Up with the Rascals: Annie Ross Memories of Spanky (with Rick Sapphire)
For a complete guide to these shorts, buy Leonard Maltin & Richard Bann's highly informative book "THE LITTLE RASCALS, THE LIFE & TIMES OF OUR GANG": The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang
I am assured by Genius Entertainment that these will be dual layered DVD-9 discs, well capable of handling the amount of content on each disc.
The only minor disappointment is that MGM released 22 of the silent Hal Roach Our Gang (Little Rascals) Comedies and 17 of them exist. RHI owns the rights to these which keeps them off of the public domain Our Gang sets. It would have been nice to see all 17 of these in this set, but 3 is better than none."
A Real Disappointment
Mack Heustess | SC | 10/31/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"There are many disappoinments in life. This much anticipated DVD set is one of them. There are errors in the enclosed booklet. At least 16 or 17 of the shorts are inferior Blackhawk prints. Two of the silents have no musical score and the third silent is a Blackhawk print. "Washee Ironee" and "Bear Shooters" have material missing. This DVD set is by no means "remastered, restored and uncut". I sent two emails to Genius Products and have not received any reply. With just a little more effort and a knowledgeable "Our Gang" consultant this could have been one of Genius Products' finest and best-selling DVD sets. Shame on them. I am returning this falsely advertised and poorly made product. Cabin Fever did a much better job for RHI in the 1990's. It seems that with the technology that we have today, Genius Products could have easily produced the ultimate "Little Rascals" set instead of this half-hearted effort."
HUGE Disappointment with NO Restoration for The Little Rasca
Tante Maren | Ohio, United States | 10/29/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The Complete Collection of The Little Rascals DVD Set is being distributed by Genius Entertainment with the statements REMASTERED, RESTORED and UNCUT printed on the top and front of this set. It is NOT Remastered. It is NOT Restored. It is NOT Uncut. I cannot believe Genius Entertainment is allowed to falsely advertise this set and charge such a premium price for a dvd set that is in worse shape than my old television copies that I bought over the years. I must make it clear that I would give 5 stars to The Little Rascals shorts for the shows themselves, but this set is such a huge disappointment, that I have to give it one star, since I cannot give it minus 10 stars, which is what it deserves! Since I have these Little Rascal shorts on other dvd's, which I am certain people taped from their tv's over the years, I have something to compare them to. As I watched some of the episodes from my old copies and this new set, side by side, the most noticeable thing is the size of the film. This dvd set is blown up enough to cut off a border around the edges, leaving heads and feet cut off! I hate when things are "remastered" like this, cutting off parts of their heads or feet! They did this with Route 66, until the complaints were so numerous about it, that the company remastered Route 66 in it's proper size, where everyone had all their body parts. The next thing that was very noticeable, were very wide white lines and specs throughout many of the shorts, that make it far too irritating to watch. The only obvious thing that they did was make the contrast stronger, the whites are whiter and the blacks are blacker. As I viewed this strong contrast closer, I noticed that they have eliminated details on the film, gray buttons on black pants are now invisible, as everything is TOO BLACK! The films are totally ruined! It is obvious that Genius Entertainment simply blew the film up cutting off a border around the film, which also cut off heads on the top and feet on the bottom and sharpened the contrast, making every detail disappear into pure black or pure white! They actually have the audacity to call this remastered, restored and uncut! In reality it is BLOWN UP, OVERLY CONTRASTED, and UNVIEWABLE! There is a bonus disc that I did enjoy parts of that features: 3 silent shorts in horrendous condition, The Story of Hal Roach and Our Gang, Racism and The Our Gang Comedies, and Catching up with The Little Rascals. The last features 2008 interviews with Dick Moore, Jean Darling, Jerry Tucker, Annie Ross and Rick Sapphire (Spanky's manager). This dvd set is a thousand times worse than my old copies taken off the televison stations many years ago! How Genius Entertainment could make worse copies than old tv copies, I'll never know! I hope a reputable company will really make a restored, remastered and uncut copy of these treasured Little Rascal shorts, but until then, I'll have to be content with my old television copies, which are a thousand times more viewable than these horrendous, unviewable discs!"
Aw, gee..another ripoff!!
crazycatlady | Hillsborough, NJ USA | 10/30/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this mainly to replace my VHS tapes of the excellent Cabin Fever Rascals collection with Leonard Maltin's brief but informative introductions. I don't think I'll be giving those away just yet; not after seeing this half-hearted effort. Yes, the collection includes all the Hal Roach shorts, as well as three (only three?) silent shorts. But don't fall for the "fully restored" claim. Some of the films look as tired and worn as old Blackhawk Film versions of the shorts (oh, wait! That's because some actually ARE the Blackhawk versions!) The DVD "bonus features" are shockingly skimpy: short interviews with a few of the surviving Rascals which are about as in-depth as the fluff pieces on "Entertainment Tonight." I've seen better bonus features on public domain Rascals tapes that I bought for under $5.00 in discount stores years ago. Each DVD boasts a special intro by one of the former Rascals or a "film historian," each intro consists basically of the Rascal or historian announcing something along the lines of, "Here's some more Rascals shorts; they're really great, hope you enjoy them!" The bonus booklet included in the collection is mainly a list of all the shorts by title and pretty much nothing else; one exception is a single page on the subject of "The Curse of the Rascals," a very short list of a few former Rascals who died young; a few of the photos on the page are misidentified (a mention of Scotty Beckett and his tragic death is accompanied by a photo of Dickie Moore, who is not only very much alive but is one of the Rascals who appears on the DVD set as one of the hosts!) Apparently, the folks at "Genius," the company that put this collection out, don't live up to their name. A careless, sloppy effort.
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 10/29/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Once again we the people who fund the film gods have been slighted! This set is NOT as restored and re-mastered as we would all like it to be! On the plus side it's not horrible......if that's any consolation! The Little Rascals are one of the most important short film subjects in the history of film and they deserve better than this!
When I watched the first disc I thought "this isn't that bad" and I was hoping that the shorts would look better as they went along. This is not the case as some of the newer ones look grainy because of the source print being taken from Blackhawk prints, which are missing the original title cards! I could live with the missing title cards if the other prints weren't available or these prints looked better!....they do not!
Don't throw away you Cabin Fever VHS tapes, because overall I prefer them to this. There are some minor cropping issue also and I think I counted 16 or 17 Blackhawk shorts including one silent in this so-so collection. There are two edits to add to the list of disappointments. Washee Ironee and Bear Shooters have edits!
The extras are cool, but there is even better stuff available! Oh why do they do this? If you compare the new Three Stooges DVD sets to these, they pale in comparison. Maybe someday on Blue Ray they'll do it right, but for now this is as good as it gets, unless you want to search for the best individual prints. Life is too short for this option in my opinion! The material is 5 stars the half a** job on these shorts bring it down two stars for a 3 star rating!"