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Calling All Kids (1943)

The Our Gang kids salute the armed forces in a stage show.

Director:

Sam Baerwitz

Writer:

Sam Baerwitz
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Blake ... Mickey (as Bobby Blake)
Janet Burston ... Janet / Carmen Miranda (as Our Gang)
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ... Froggy (as Our Gang)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Jackie Horner ... Eleanor Powell (as Our Gang)
Marlene Kinghorn Marlene Kinghorn ... Judy Garland (as Our Gang)
Marlene Mains Marlene Mains ... Virginia O'Brien (as Our Gang)
David Polonsky David Polonsky ... Fred Astaire (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Blake Joan Blake ... Audience Member
Mark Daniels ... NBC radio announcer
James Gubitosi James Gubitosi ... Audience Member
Tommy McFarland Tommy McFarland ... Audience Member
June Preston June Preston ... Guest star: Radio singer
Eleanor Taylor Eleanor Taylor ... Middle Marine
Frank Ward Frank Ward ... Second Marine

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The Our Gang kids salute the armed forces in a stage show.

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Comedy | Family | Short

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Soundtracks

Salute to the Army, the Navy and the Marines
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Bernard
Lyrics by Sam Baerwitz
Performed by Marlene Kinghorn and ensemble
Also performed at the end
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Calling All Kids was the final musical Our Gang short
2 February 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This M-G-M musical short, Calling All Kids, is the two hundred fifteenth entry in the "Our Gang" series and the one hundred twenty-seventh talkie. This was the last of the musical Our Gangs which begins with the announcer doing the intro ending with him saying, "Take it away, Our Gang!" After a bunch of kids in uniform march in formation, a young girl sings about the Army, Navy, and Marines. Then it's Mickey and Froggy doing a recruitment skit. Then some celeb impersonations among the kids with one doing Judy Garland, one doing Virginia O'Brien, one dancing like Eleanor Powell, Buckwheat doing Rochester (with the real Eddie Anderson providing the voice), Janet dressing, singing, and dancing like Carmen Miranda, and a Fred Astaire impersonator doing the firecracker dance from Holiday Inn. The finale has the song about those military organizations again with film projected back of the stage representing them. The musical numbers aren't bad but Froggy and Mickey's skit is. While it was nice hearing Rochester's voice, nothing he said was funny. So on that note, Calling All Kids was middling entertainment, at best.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1943 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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