For anyone who saw and loved the ending of the musical RAGTIME, this announcement brings a smile to the face.
"One afternoon while watching his children playing, Tateh had an idea for a movie. A bunch of children - white. black, Christian, Jew, rich, poor, all kinds. A gang, a crazy gang. Getting into trouble, getting out of trouble. But together, despite their differences. Tateh thought this would make a wonderful movie."
The costuming and selection of children in the original Broadway production made it clear this was a reference to the Our Gang/Little Rascals comedies, and brought some laughter as well as tears from the audience.
Miss Crabtree: "Who was the Hunchback of Notre Dame?" Jackie Cooper: "Lon Chaney!"
Miss Crabtree: (shocked) I'm going to be punishing the next child severely who gives me a foolish answer! (looks around) Farina, what was Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address? Farina: Sixteen Forty-Four South Main Street!
Our Gang Follies of 1938 had the then child singer, Scottish Annie Ross, doing a Scots number in kilt attire, The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond. She continued performing till close to her death which was 4 days before her 90th in July this year. She had affairs with known people and was, sadly, into drugs and one time had an affair with druggie Lennie Bruce. She was related to UK-US singer Ella Logan and he brother was Scots performer Jimmy Logan who died in 2001.
The Our Gang Follies of 1938 ranks as one of the greatest shorts of all time, IMO. Great original songs performed by a cast of young dynamite performers and a production design that's eye-popping in its luxury and detail. Great filmmaking by any standard!