Boys to Board (1923)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This time out, the Our Gang kids are reluctant boarders at Mother Malone's School, an operation run by an overbearing old termagant (Helen Gilmore) and her submissive husband Pop Malone (Richard Daniels). Forced to do all the chores and eat unappetizing (and nutritionally-suspect) meals, the kids plan a midnight escape, with Pop helping them every inch of the way. Unfortunately, the young fugitives find themselves in the hideout of a nasty bootlegger (Charles Stevenson), where Pop comes to their rescue. Emboldened by the experience, Pop finally gives his wife a piece of his mind -- and by film's end, Pop is in charge of the school, and the kids are finally treated with decency and respect (and to sumptuous meals). Originally released on April 8, 1923, the silent, two-reel Our Gang comedy Boys to Board is also available in a shortened TV print, retitled Boarding School.

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bootlegging, escape, husband-and-wife, rescue