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Director  Gus Meins
Film series  Our Gang
Country  United States
7.4/10 IMDb

4.5/10 Letterboxd

Genre  Short, Comedy, Family
Language  English
Shrimps for a Day movie poster
Release date  December 8, 1934 (1934-12-08)
Music director  Leroy Shield, Marvin Hatley
Cast  George McFarland, Matthew Beard, Billie Thomas, Scotty Beckett, Jerry Tucker
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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.

The Gang

  • Matthew Beard as Stymie
  • Scotty Beckett as Scotty
  • George McFarland as Spanky
  • Billie Thomas as Buckwheat
  • Jerry Tucker as Jerry
  • Alvin Buckelew as Alvin
  • Marianne Edwards as Marianne
  • Leonard Kibrick as Leonard
  • Jackie Lynn Taylor as Jane
  • Gordon Evans as Boy who finds lamp
  • Eileen Bernstein as Our Gang member
  • Barbara Goodrich as Our Gang member
  • Harry Harvey, Jr. as Our Gang member
  • Paul Hilton as Our Gang member
  • Philbrook Lyons as Our Gang member
  • Tommy McFarland as Our Gang member
  • Donald Profitt as Our Gang member
  • Jackie White as Our Gang member
  • Phyllis Yuse as Our Gang member
  • Additional cast

  • Dick Brasno as Mr. Crutch as a child
  • George Brasno as Dick as a child
  • Olive Brasno as Mary as a child
  • Herbert Evans as The butler
  • Rosa Gore as Mrs. Crutch
  • Wilfred Lucas as Mr. Wade, the sponsor
  • Doris McMahan as Mary
  • Ray Turner as Frightened man
  • Clarence Wilson as Mr. Crutch
  • Joe Young as Dick
  • Laughing Gravy as Dog
  • Marialise Gumm as Undetermined role
  • Dorian Johnson as Undetermined role
  • Joyce Kay as Undetermined role
  • Fred Purner, Jr. as Undetermined role
  • Delmar Watson as Undetermined role
  • References

    Shrimps for a Day Wikipedia
    Shrimps for a Day LetterboxdShrimps for a Day Shrimps for a Day IMDb