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Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2011
Mostly some classic Our Gang/Little Rascals shorts. Some of the cream of the crop.
"Little Daddy" (1931) is a rarely seen tale of Farina taking care of his brother Stymie while their father is imprisoned. A good mixture of comedy and pathos, as the gang (and Miss Crabtree) band together to keep Stymie from going to the orphanage. A bit ahead of its time in that the Black church sequence is played straight and not for laughs. This was sort of a changing of the guard of the show's black headliners from Farina to Stymie.
"Birthday Blues" (1932) is another depression-era dramedy. Spanky and Dickie defy their mean daddy to raise funds to get their mama a birthday present. The burping cake is a howl.
"Pay as You Exit" (1936) is one of the better later eps with Spanky and Alfalfa. The gang puts on their howl-arious version of "Romyo and Juilet" (sic). Buckwheat really shines in this one ("My homeo"). A real laugh riot.
"Fishy Tales" (1937). An amusing tale of Alfalfa trying to get out of a fight with Butch. The bit with the cats is hilarious.
"Honkey Donkey" (1934). "Oh you nasty man." Need I say more?
"Monkey Business" (1925). A silent epsiode about Farina and his hyper-Chimp pal. A few uncomfortable racial implications here, but the Chimp is quite funny. Some of the gags here were repeated almost identically 7 years later in "A Lad and a Lap" (where the cops chase the chimp).
Overall, a good set of Rascalism. Enjoy.