Radio Bugs (1944)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Comedy  |   Run Time - 11 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Inspired by the success of his favorite comedian Red Skelton, Our Gang member Froggy (Billy Laughlin) decides to become a radio star. Armed with a tattered joke book and a vast array of "funny" props, Froggy and the other gang members begin searching for a suitable radio sponsor, starting in the waiting room of a dentist's office. Eventually, the kids abandon comedy in favor of Shakespearean drama, with even less success. This Our Gang one-reeler has so little going for it that the viewer is advised to forget the plot and concentrate on the talented supporting cast, including such veteran performers as Brandon Hurst, Chester Clute, Morris Ankrum, Jack "Tiny" Lipson, and Joe Yule Sr. (father of Mickey Rooney). Radio Bugs was originally released on April 1, 1944.