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Aladdin's Lantern (1938)

Spanky and Alfalfa wants to do a show based on the "Aladdin's Lamp" story with Darla in the cast, but Darla doesn't want to participate.


Gordon Douglas


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Credited cast:
Darla Hood ... Darla (as Our Gang)
Eugene 'Porky' Lee ... Porky (as Our Gang)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Gary Jasgur Gary Jasgur ... Gary (as Our Gang)
Darwood Kaye ... Waldo (as Our Gang)
Leonard 'Percy' Landy Leonard 'Percy' Landy ... Deacon (as Our Gang)
Billy Mindy Billy Mindy ... Genie (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gloria Browne Gloria Browne ... Tap Dancer
Bobby Callahan ... Audience Member
Dix Davis Dix Davis ... Boy Sitting Behind Deacon
Tim Davis Tim Davis ... Boy Sitting Behind Gary
Joe Geil Joe Geil ... Top-hatted Dancer
Payne B. Johnson Payne B. Johnson ... Boy (unconfirmed)


Spanky and Alfalfa wants to do a show based on the "Aladdin's Lamp" story with Darla in the cast, but Darla doesn't want to participate.

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Release Date:

17 September 1938 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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1 February 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Aladdin's Lantern (1938)

** (out of 4)

The third film in MGM's Our Gang series is pretty forgettable. Alfalfa is putting on a show, which of course sells out to the local kids. Once the show starts, however, he sees that Porky and Buckwheat keep stealing the spotlight with their take on "While Strolling Through the Park One Day." ALADDIN'S LANTERN is a pretty forgettable effect, which is a shame because the early days of the group managed to pull off several entertaining films dealing with the gang putting on shows for the local kids. There are many problems here but I think the biggest is the rather lazy screenplay, which seems to resort to hoping people remember the earlier, better shorts and perhaps they'll overlook the various flaws here. The biggest flaw is the fact that there's just nothing all that funny going on here. There's a sequence with Alfalfa singing and not knowing (at first) that there's a fire going on under him. I will say that Porky and Buckwheat steal the picture but one wishes Alfalfa would have just gotten knocked out so that they could have finished their song. I'm sure fans of the series will still want to check this out but it's a pretty mediocre entry.

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