Monday, February 17, 2014

OUR GANG In Color - Hide And Shriek / Hal Roach Studios - 1938

It's Haunted Funhouse Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. I grew up watching THE LITTLE RASCALS and OUR GANG on TV, this one was always one of my favorites, now in color. This is the last of 169 OUR GANG shorts produced by Hal Roach Studios before selling the rights to MGM studios. Get ready, Hal produced 1,200 features before he died in LA at age 100, what a guy!!

Eegah!! sent over a fun little soundclip from this short, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there next to the goofy disguise kit, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our audio offering for... HIDE AND SHRIEK!

Billy Bletcher provides the scary, manical Haunted House voice!

Buckwheat and Porky show up at Detective Alfalfa's place and want to join up.

After swearing the boys in, Alfalfa reads about the finer points of being a junior detective.

Darla has a mystery for the boys to solve, someone has stolen her box of chocolates! Alfalfa asks Darla if they can share the chocolates with her if they sovle the crime, and, she agrees.

Alfalfa interrogates the suspects, but, they won't talk. He gets a bright idea and lets them go.

The boys put on disguises and follow the suspects, who climb into a truck parked on the street.

Alfalfa decides they should hide in a box in the back of the truck, then, they could go directly to where the chocolates are being stashed. Of course, the suspects get out of the truck on the driver's side and leave the scene! The truck takes off and arrives at its destination, the new Haunted House exhibit at the Long Beach amusement park.

The boys get a big surprise when they finally exit the box... What the heck?!!

Alfalfa throws a 'light' switch and starts the show, including the record player, as heard in the soundclip. I can't help but notice how modern the arm of the stylus looks, hey, Pioneer 1985!

Buckwheat gets separated from Alfalfa and Porky, who are stuck running on a moving floor, chased by a smoking demon!

Buckwheat has a fun encounter with an organ playing skeleton! As a little kid in the early fifties, nothing was much more frightening to me than a freaking skeleton, they really creeped me out for some reason.

Buckwheat joins the boys again and get sucked down a slide into another dark room. Eugene 'Porky' Lee later recalled being genuinely frightened during the filming!

They're attacked by a skeleton wearing a devil mask and then they're nearly decapitated!

The ride is over and the boys beat a hasty retreat, surprising the crap out of the owner!

The boys run past Darla, who found her chocolates and is sharing them with the suspects!

Needless to say, this place is.. "Out of bizzness!" Tune in Wednesday for more Eegah!!

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