GenreFamily, Short, Comedy Music directorDavid Snell LanguageEnglish
WriterHal Law, Robert A. McGowan Release dateJanuary 24, 1942 (1942-01-24) People also search forSurprised Parties, Doin Their Bit CastJanet Burston (Janet (as Our Gang)), Robert Blake (Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)), Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin (Froggy (as Our Gang)), George 'Spanky' McFarland (Spanky (as Our Gang)), Billie Thomas (Buckwheat (as Our Gang))
Melodies Old and New is a 1942 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Edward Cahn. It was the 203rd Our Gang short (204th episode, 115th talking short, 116th talking episode, and 35th MGM produced episode) that was released.
Just as they did in Ye Olde Minstrels, the gang prevails upon old-time minstrel impresario Uncle Wills to help them stage a fund-raising musical show. Highlights include the ensemble number "When Grandma Wore a Bustle", the barbershop-quartet set piece "Songs of Long Ago", and the grand finale "Dances Old and New". The kids are unable to post the profits because Mickey has allowed most of the audience to enter for free, but Uncle Wills comes to the rescue once again.
Janet Burston as Janet
Mickey Gubitosi (later known as Robert Blake) as Mickey
Billy Laughlin as Froggy
George McFarland as Spanky
Billie Thomas as Buckwheat
Walter Wills as Uncle Walt Wills
Dancers and audience members
Lavonne Battle, Shiela Brown, Shirley Jean Doble, Donna Jean Edmondson, Eddie Ehrhardt, James Gubitosi, Dwayne Hickman, Dickie Humphries, Robert Morris, Kay Tapscott, Frank Lester Ward, Patricia Wheeler