Saturday's Lesson (1929)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Comedy  |   Run Time - 22 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The last of the silent "Our Gang" comedies, Saturday's Lesson was also one of the best in the entire series. It is Saturday, and the Gang members would rather be playing than doing their accustomed household chores. Escaping the watchful eyes of their parents, the kids scurry off to a local park, congratulating one another for their evasive action. This is overheard by a sandwich-board man (Jack O'Brien) who is dressed in a Devil costume. Deciding to have some fun with the kids -- and to teach them a lesson in the bargain -- the "Devil" makes a spectacular appearance in a puff of smoke, then scares the youngsters into returning to their chores, warning them that he'll "catch 'em" if they don't obey their parents. Duly chastened, the kids perform their duties so energetically that their mothers are left dumbstruck. The film ends with one of the rare moments in which the Gang comes "out" of the picture to address the audience. Though filmed before the "Our Gang" talkies Small Talk, Railroadin', Lazy Days, Boxing Gloves and Bouncing Babies, Saturday's Lesson was withheld from release until November 9, 1929.