Beginner's Luck

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For the expression, see Beginner's luck. For the 2001 film, see Beginner's Luck (2001 film).
Beginner's Luck
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Directed by Gus Meins
Produced by Hal Roach
Music by Marvin Hatley
Cinematography Art Lloyd
Edited by Louis McManus
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s) 23 February 1935
Running time 18:24
Country United States
Language English

Beginner's Luck is a 1935 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins. It was the 135th Our Gang short (47th talking episode) that was released. It was also the first short for Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer and Harold Switzer to appear, but Alfalfa was not as Alfalfa and Harold was not as Harold.


Spanky has been entered into a kiddie amateur show by his pushy stage mother, who thinks he is the greatest actor of his day. Spanky wants nothing to do with this and would rather not act at all. The gang comes up with a plan to disrupt his recitation with peashooters and noisemakers and make him flop.

At the theater, Spanky befriends a little girl (Marianne Edwards) who has bombed her act due to stage fright but needs the prize money to buy a special dress. Spanky has a change of heart and decides to win the prize and give the money to the girl. However, word does not get out the gang, who are in the audience prepared to embarrass Spanky any way they can.


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