Anniversary Trouble (1935)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Comedy  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Little Spanky McFarland's appointment as treasurer of the Ancient and Honery Order of Woodchucks occurs on the same day as his parents' wedding anniversary. Absent-minded as usual, Spanky's father (Johnny Arthur) inadvertently hands over the Woodchucks' treasury as an anniversary present for his wife (Claudia Dell). Meanwhile, Spanky accidentally gets hold of the real anniversary money, and, mistaking it for the treasury, hides it in the cookie jar -- an act witnessed by his Mom, who jumps to the wrong conclusion. Inevitably, the other Woodchucks demand the return of their "dough," but Spanky can't accommodate them, leading to a wild and wooly conclusion wherein Spanky's dad is duly punished for his faulty memory. A brisk and bright comedy of errors, the "Our Gang" comedy "Anniversary Trouble" was originally released on January 19, 1935. The version included in the present "Little Rascals" TV package has been radically edited, removing the sequence in which Spanky dons blackface to disguise himself as Billy "Buckwheat" Thomas.

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