Hoping to get on the good side of the new truant officer (Dick Elliott), the gang goes out of their way to impress the man's cute daughter (Marianne Edwards), even unto making such sacrifices as taking baths, combing hair, shining shoes, and washing behind the ears.
Both Spanky and Alfalfa pay a social call on Marianne, and before long, the two lifelong pals have become romantic rivals. Ultimately, Spanky and Alfalfa stage an athletic competition to determine who is the better man, an undertaking with prickly results.
Sprucin' Up was originally going to be known as Good Night Ladies.
According to The Lucky Corner Web Site, the boys can be identified in the scene where they are sitting on the curb, from left to right as: Harold Switzer, Robert Lenz, Alvin Buckelew, Scotty Beckett, George "Spanky" McFarland, Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, and Donald Proffitt.
George McFarland as Spanky
Carl Switzer as Alfalfa
Scotty Beckett as Scotty
Billie Thomas as Buckwheat
Alvin Buckelew as Alvin
Donald Proffitt as Our Gang member
Robert Lentz as Our Gang member
Harold Switzer as Harold
Pete the Pup as Himself
Marianne Edwards as Miss Jones, the new girl
Jerry Tucker as Percy
Harry Bernard as Officer Riley
James P. Burtis as Real estate agent
Dick Elliott as Mr. Jones, father
Bess Flowers as Scotty's mother
Leota Lorraine as Spanky's mother
Lillian Rich as Mrs. Jones, mother
Gertrude Sutton as Alfalfa's mother
Viola Richard as Second pedestrian
Lester Dorr as First pedestrian
Billy Bletcher as Scotty's father (scenes deleted)
Blanche Payson as Scotty's mother (scenes deleted)