Election Day (1929)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Comedy  |   Countries - United States   |  
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The Our Gang kids hold an election, with Joe Cobb running against Jay R. Smith, and vice versa (the boys' campaign slogans are along the lines of "Vote for Joe or Get a Punch in the Nose.") For unexplained reasons, both candidates try to prevent Allen "Farina" Hoskins and Farina's kid sister Pleurisy from leaving their farmyard until the votes are counted. Meanwhile, a real-life election explodes into violence when the "Pool Room Party" tries to steal the ballots. Inevitably, the kids and the adults cross paths -- with disastrous results for the bundle of laundry that Farina and Pleurisy have been ordered to deliver. Among the adult actors are well-known African American performers Louise Beavers and Clarence Muse. The film's best gag, involving a "reverse" cloud of dust, was repeated seven years later in the Laurel and Hardy feature Way Out West. Election Day was first released on January 12, 1929.

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