Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Once again, the Our Gang kids stage an elaborate musical show in Spanky McFarland's backyard. Angered over the fact that Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer has been chosen as the show's singing star, bully Tommy "Butch" Bond sneaks backstage with the intention of sabotaging the production. But Butch is hoisted on his own petard, and the show goes on as scheduled. The highlight of this middling one-reel Our Gang effort is the gang's presentation of a rip-roaring "mellerdrammer," replete with hero (Alfalfa), heroine (Darla Hood), black-hearted villain (Spanky McFarland), and an ersatz horse race. Captain Spanky's Show Boat was originally released by MGM on September 9, 1939.