GenreShort, Comedy, Family Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateDecember 8, 1934 (1934-12-08) Music directorLeroy Shield, Marvin Hatley CastGeorge McFarland, Matthew Beard, Billie Thomas, Scotty Beckett, Jerry Tucker Our Gang moviesShrimps for a Day and Washee Ironee are part of the same movie series, Shrimps for a Day and Divot Diggers are part of the same movie series, Shrimps for a Day and Hi-Neighbor! are part of the same movie series, Shrimps for a Day and Mamas Little Pirate are part of the same movie series, Shrimps for a Day and Anniversary Trouble are part of the same movie series
Shrimps for a Day is a 1934 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins. It was the 133rd Our Gang short (45th talking episode) that was released.
The gang resides at the Happy Home Orphanage, an inaptly named organization run by the dishonest, child-hating Mr. Crutch (Clarence Wilson) and Mrs. Crutch (Rosa Gore). Invited to a garden party at the home of wealthy Mr. Wade, the kids enjoy a good time and are showered with gifts, knowing full well that their new clothes and toys will be seized and sold by the Crutches once they return to the orphanage.
Meanwhile, Mr. Wade's daughter, Mary (Doris McMahan), and her boyfriend, Dick (Joe Young), stumble upon a magic lamp, which grants them their wish: to be children again. Dick and Mary are summarily rounded up by the Crutches and bundled off to the orphanage, where they manage to get the goods on the underhanded operation. Spanky has some funny scenes, including one wherein he refuses to take a dose of castor oil and instead pushes it into Mr. Crutch's mouth. During a sleepless night, Spanky helps Dick escape out the window. Dick runs to Mary's house, where he finds the lamp and wishes he was an adult again. He then returns to being an adult and leads Mr. Wade back to the orphanage, exposing the Crutches and restoring Mary to adulthood. Spanky then has his revenge on Mr. Crutch by using the lamp to wish him down to his size and then beating him up.