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Benjamin Franklin, Jr. (1943)

The gang gripe about the inconveniences caused by wartime rationing. They find the insight they are seeking by putting on a show based upon Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac.

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Herbert Glazer
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Credited cast:
Robert Blake ... Mickey (as Bobby Blake)
Janet Burston Janet Burston ... Janet (as Our Gang)
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ... Froggy (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Mickey Laughlin Mickey Laughlin ... Happy (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander Ernie Alexander ... John, Mickey's father
Barbara Bedford ... Janet's mother
Margaret Bert ... Martha, Mickey's mother
Barry Downing Barry Downing ... Club member
Vincent Graeff Vincent Graeff ... Scolded boy (as Billy Ray Smith)
Richard Hall ... Complainer (as Dickie Hall)
Valerie Lee Valerie Lee ... Complainer
Frank Ward Frank Ward ... First Complaining Kid
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The gang gripe about the inconveniences caused by wartime rationing. They find the insight they are seeking by putting on a show based upon Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac.

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Family | Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1943 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Froggy: Like my Aunt Minnie says, 'Talk is cheap, but a sleeping dog gathers no moss.'
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Benjamin Franklin, Jr. is perhaps one of the worst of the lesson eps of the Our Gang series
2 February 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This M-G-M comedy short, Benjamin Franklin, Jr., is the two hundred twelfth entry in the "Our Gang" series and the one hundred twenty-fourth talkie. Mickey's been reading "Poor Richard's Almanac" so when he arrives late at the clubhouse meeting where the audience has been complaining about the war shortages, he and the rest of the gang have been picked to decide what to do about them. So they present a play with Mickey as Ben Franklin, the author of that book he's been reading. Well, this was probably the worst of the teach-a-lesson eps of this long-running series made even worse by the acting performances now that leader Spanky was gone. The acting was really just atrocious with Janet, in particular, just obnoxiously annoying. So that's not a recommendation of Benjamin Franklin, Jr. P.S. Barbara Bedford, previously Alfalfa's mother in the M-G-M-only entries, is now Janet's. And Froggy's brother, Mickey Laughlin, makes his series debut as Happy.


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