GenreComedy, Family, Short Produced byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer LanguageEnglish
WriterHal Law, Robert A. McGowan Release dateMay 30, 1942 (1942-05-30) People also search forDoin Their Bit, Melodies Old and New GenresShort Film, Comedy, Family film, Black-and-white
Surprised Parties is a 1942 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Edward Cahn. It was the 206th Our Gang short (207th episode, 118th talking short, 119th talking episode, and 38th MGM produced episode) that was released.
Upset because, as a leap year baby (he only has a birthday every four years), Froggy bemoans the fact that he has almost never had a birthday party. The gang decides to throw a surprise party in Froggy's honor, but they pretend to throw him out of the clubhouse in order to keep it a secret. Vengefully, Froggy sneaks back and sets all sorts of booby-traps for the other gang members and then shows up at the party disguised as a new girl in town. But when Froggy discovers that the party was for him, he becomes guilty and sets off all the traps by himself.
This was the last short with Edward Cahn as Our Gang's regular director. He would return in 1943 to direct Three Smart Guys. Herbert Glazer takes over directing beginning with Doin' Their Bit.
Janet Burston as Janet
Mickey Gubitosi (later known as Robert Blake) as Mickey
Billy Laughlin as Froggy Laughlin
George McFarland as Spanky
Billie Thomas as Buckwheat
Margaret Bert as Froggy's mother
Giovanna Gubitosi as Gloria
Leon Tyler as Jimmy
Buz Buckley, James Gubitosi, Tommy Tucker, Frank Ward