Spook Spoofing (1928)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Comedy  |   Countries - United States   |  
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The rest of the "Our Gang" kids rather cruelly taunt their black pal Allen "Farina" Hoskins, who is deathly afraid of ghosts. After driving poor Farina into a frenzy of fright in a spooky graveyard, the kids cap their mischief by convincing the nervous boy that one of the Gang members, Harry Spear, has died, and that Farina had better bury his "cold and clammy" pal in a hurry. Fortunately for Farina, the tables are turned on the prankish kids, thanks to an unexpected solar eclipse. Originally released on January 14, 1928, "Spook Spoofing" was the only silent "Our Gang" comedy to run a full three reels (approximately 27 minutes). Long available in the "Little Rascals" TV package, the film has been withdrawn in recent years due to the its stereotypical and demeaning "scared darkie" comedy content.