Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Three Smart Boys in this one-reel "Our Gang" comedy are Spanky McFarland, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Billy "Buckwheat" Thomas and Eugene "Porky" Lee. Once again anxious to get out of school, Spanky once again decides to stage a phony epidemic. This time it's the measles, requiring the boys to paint black blotches on their faces (yes, this is the film in which Buckwheat, a black child, gets white measles!). The plan comes a-cropper when, while visiting the doctor (Sidney Bracey), the boys are led to believe that Buckwheat has been transformed into a monkey. Originally released on May 13, 1937, Three Smart Boys should not be confused with the much-later MGM-produced "Our Gang" short Three Smart Guys (1943).