One Terrible Day (1922)

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

Though not the first Our Gang comedy to be filmed, the silent, two-reel One Terrible Day was the first to be released, on September 10, 1922. It all begins when wealthy Mrs. Van Renssaler decides to improve her social standing by sponsoring a day's vacation for a group of local kids. Unfortunately for the dignified dowager, she is saddled with the Our Gang troupe, who make a shambles of the outing. The film's best scenes take place in and around Mrs. Van Renssaler's fancy limousine -- or at least, it was fancy until the kids showed up. Elements of One Terrible Day would resurface in such later Our Gang efforts as Fair and Muddy, Free Eats, Washee Ironee, and Honkey Donkey.