General Spanky

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General Spanky
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Directed by Fred Newmeyer
Gordon Douglas
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Richard Flournoy
John Guedel
Carl Harbaugh
Hal Yates
Starring George McFarland
Phillips Holmes
Rosina Lawrence
Billie Thomas
Carl Switzer
Music by Marvin Hatley
Cinematography Art Lloyd
Walter Lundin
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • December 11, 1936 (1936-12-11)
Running time
71 minutes
Country United States
Language English

General Spanky is a 1936 American comedy film produced by Hal Roach. A spin-off of Roach's popular Our Gang short subjects, the film stars George McFarland, Phillips Holmes, Rosina Lawrence, Billie Thomas, and Carl Switzer. Directed by Fred Newmeyer and Gordon Douglas, it was originally released to theatres on December 11, 1936 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

This film, a Civil War period piece, was intended as an experiment to determine if Roach could move Our Gang into features, as the double feature and block booking were slowly smothering his short subjects production. The film was a box office disappointment, and, after another year of shorts production, Roach ended up selling the Our Gang unit to MGM in May 1938.

When Roach bought the rights to the back catalog of Our Gang films he had produced from MGM in 1949, he did not buy back the rights to General Spanky. As a result, the film was part of the MGM catalog acquired by in 1986 by Turner Entertainment, who holds the rights today as a subsidiary of Warner Bros. General Spanky was released on VHS and laserdisc in the early 1990s.


Principal cast[edit]

Additional cast[edit]

  • Harold Switzer as Harold
  • Jerry Tucker as Jerry
  • Flaette Roberts as Flaette
  • John Collum as Our Gang member
  • Rex Downing as Our Gang member
  • Dickie De Nuet as Our Gang member
  • Ernie Alexander as Friend of Marshall
  • Hooper Atchley as Slavemaster
  • Harry Bernard as Man on the boat
  • Jack Daugherty as General's Aid
  • Walter Gregory as Captain Haden
  • Karl Hackett as First mate
  • Henry Hall as Slavemaster
  • Ham Kinsey as Man with paint on shoes
  • Frank LaRue as Slavemaster
  • Richard R. Neil as Colonel Parrish
  • Buddy Roosevelt as Lieutenant Johnson
  • Jeffrey Sayre as Friend of Marshall
  • Carl Voss as Second Lieutenant
  • Jack Cooper as Bit role
  • Alex Finlayson as Bit role
  • Jack Hill as Bit role
  • Portia Lanning as Bit role
  • Harry Strang as Bit role
  • Slim Whittaker as Bit role
  • Von the Dog as Von


The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Sound (Elmer A. Raguse).[1]


  1. ^ "The 9th Academy Awards (1936) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-09. 

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