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Fly My Kite

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Director  Robert F. McGowan
Film series  Our Gang
Language  English
7.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Family, Comedy, Short
Duration  
Country  United States
Fly My Kite movie poster
Writer  H.M. Walker (dialogue)
Release date  May 30, 1931 (1931-05-30)
Music director  Leroy Shield, Marvin Hatley
Cast  Matthew 'Stymie' Beard (Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)), Norman Chaney (Chubby (as Hal Roach's Rascals)), Dorothy DeBorba (Dorothy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)), Allen 'Farina' Hoskins (Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals))
Similar movies  Pacific Rim, Feast, Paperman, The Artist, Hic-cup Pup, The X-Ray Fiend

Fly My Kite is a 1931 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. It was the 107th Our Gang short that was released.

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Plot

Grandma, who recently sold her grocery store, is enjoying retirement with her beloved "grandchildren". She's actually a widow who outlived her only daughter, who was married but childless. Grandma lives in her son-in-law's house and he's in charge of her money, which he has mostly spent. Meanwhile, she is having fun with the Gang—she's not any one child's grandma but everyone's grandma. Her son-in-law, however, wants to remarry and he and his intended both want Grandma out of the house so they can move in.

He tells her to get her stuff and get out. He also tells her that she is broke and that he used up all the money from the store sale mere months ago. He says that she is old and that he cannot wait till she dies of old age because that could take forever. He even says he's arranged to have her sent to the Poor Farm.

Grandma confronts her son-in-law and the Gang attacks him up on the spot. He manages to escape the children's rampages and then tells Grandma to leave immediately. He finds a letter informing her that she has savings bonds and to communicate with the bank right away. He goes to the bank and discovers they are indeed worth $100,000 dollars (by today's standards about $5 million). As Grandma is packing, she finds the bonds that she still thinks have no worth. Chubby is flying a kite with Dickie and the kite does not stay up. Grandma tells him the tail needs more weight and uses the bonds to get the kite to fly.

Grandma's son-in-law returns to the house, purposely breaks her glasses (she thinks it is accidental) and pretends to read a letter that her bonds are worthless. She tells him that the bonds are on the tail of Chubby's kite. He runs outside and tries to take the kite away from Chubby. Grandma then reads the letter (magnified through a goldfish bowl) and learns the truth. She sends the Gang out to help Chubby keep her son-in-law from getting the kite. The Gang runs out and beats Grandma's son-in-law to a pulp (Including dragging him over a board studded with nails!). They bust his watch (tit-fot-tat for him breaking Grandma's glasses!) They saw a telephone pole he is climbing to get the kite away from him. He falls in a large puddle and Mary Ann gets the bonds and hands them to Grandma.

The Gang

  • Matthew Beard as Stymie
  • Norman Chaney as Chubby
  • Dorothy DeBorba as Dorothy
  • Allen Hoskins as Farina
  • Bobby Hutchins as Wheezer
  • Mary Ann Jackson as Mary Ann
  • Shirley Jean Rickert as Shirley
  • George Ernest as Georgie
  • Dickie Jackson as Dickie
  • Charles "Chic" Sales Jr.as Our Gang member
  • Jackie Williams as Our Gang member
  • Pete the Pup as Himself
  • Additional cast

  • Mae Busch as Dan's new wife
  • Margaret Mann as Margaret 'Grandma' Mann
  • Jim Mason - Dan, the son-in-law
  • Broderick O'Farrell as Bond agent
  • References

    Fly My Kite Wikipedia
    Fly My Kite IMDb Fly My Kite themoviedb.org


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