The gang is participating in a program sponsored by the Golden Age Dramatic League. They present their own fractured version of Quo Vadis? (1924). Things go from bad to worse when the ...
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The gang is participating in a program sponsored by the Golden Age Dramatic League. They present their own fractured version of Quo Vadis? (1924). Things go from bad to worse when the neighborhood tough kids disrupt the show. The pie fight is given a new twist by use of some slow motion sequences.Written by
Thomas McWilliams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
At the beginning of the play being performed by "The Pupils of B. Grade, Liberty School", the announcement poster notes that "The Gladiator's Dilemma" was authored by "Mrs. Funston Evergreen Kennedy" (apparently the wife of Kennedy the Cop who is also involved in the production) "with acknowledgement of excerpts from Shakespeare, Confucius, Aristophanes, Bacon, Cervantes and Irwin S. Cobb". The inclusion of Cobb (1876-1944, whose first name in reality is spelled "Irvin"), the only living writer in the list and the only one not usually associated with "great literature", is obviously meant as a contemporary joke. See more »
[as Nero, Chubby forgets his line and his mother scolds him from the audience when he picks up his toga to read his crib notes, so he ad-libs]
You're a pretty keen-lookin' kitten. You gotta marry me!
Mrs. Funston Evergreen Kennedy:
[prompting from offstage]
I spurn thy vile heart, O monster, and cast it in the dust.
[ignoring the prompt]
Well, anyway, I won't marry ya.
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I first saw this as a kid (THE LITTLE RASCALS first went on TV the year I was born) and fairly recently bought this on DVD. In between, I watched it on the occasions it was on and took careful notes at 1) the pie fight itself and 2) how racist some of these parts were: Farina as a Nubian slave, doing voodoo, for example. I think Roach and McGowan would have been beaten to death if they'd tried to do that now.
Notice how the pie fights in The Three Stooges' HALFWITS' HOLIDAY and IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE resemble this one...and this film came out a few years before their initial contract with Harry Cohn at Columbia Pictures. There was obviously some inspiration from SS and Laurel & Hardy's THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY for these films...remember, at that time, they all stole from the best, each other!!!
One more note: Laurel & Hardy buffs, that bake sale lady was none other than Dorothy Coburn, who also appeared in TBOTC-the 'flapper' getting into her car and getting it in the rear end. It always escapes me why she was never credited?
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