Chicken Feed (1927)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Comedy  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

After attending a magic show, the Our Gang members decide to indulge in a little prestidigitation of their own. One of the kids' magic spells apparently works too well when it seems that Allen "Farina" Hoskins' little sister Jannie "Mango" Hoskins has been transformed into a monkey. Actually, the monkey has escaped from the local zoo, while Mango is hiding elsewhere. Frantically, the kids try to bring Mango back to her normal self, only to become convinced that she has changed into a chicken -- and been devoured by a passing hobo! Though Mango is still safe, try telling that to the thoroughly terrified youngsters. Except for a lengthy scene in which the monkey cavorts about wearing a Felix the Cat costume, Chicken Feed is unfunny and at times offensive. Originally released on November 6, 1927, this second-echelon Our Gang comedy was remade in 1932 as A Lad an' a Lamp.