The Lucky Corner
|The Lucky Corner|
|Directed by||Gus Meins|
|Produced by||Hal Roach|
|Music by||Marvin Hatley|
|Edited by||Louis McManus|
|Running time||15' 55"|
Scotty and his grandfather Gus are the proprietors of a sidewalk lemonade stand. The small operation struggles to compete with the ornate sidewalk diner run by Leonard's father. Leonard is too engrossed in his comic book to pay attention to waiting customers, and when they leave he whines to his father, who gets a policeman to force Gus and Scotty from their corner. Buckwheat's father, a boot black, offers Gus room to set up his stand, while Spanky, Alfalfa, and the other kids stage a parade and an impromptu talent show to draw customers to Gus's booth.
After some misadventures with Buckwheat (who cannot read) putting starch instead of sugar in the lemonade (Leonard does not know this when he steals the lemonade; the customers spit it out and call the same policeman), Gus and Scotty's business starts to thrive. Then Leonard comes over to belabor the gang for "doping that lemonade," just before Spanky slips an electric scalp-massager into Leonard's pants. Spanky then connects and disconnects the plug, starting and stopping the device and causing Leonard to writhe around in front of a gathering crowd in a weird snake dance, while Spanky's band plays "Stars and Stripes Forever".
- A sequel to For Pete's Sake! (which also featured William Wagner and Leonard Kibrick as a father/son villain team), The Lucky Corner was filmed and completed in mid-1935. However, the short was withheld from release until March 1936, by which time Scotty Beckett, one of the principal Our Gang kids in the short, had departed the series.
- In 1971, King World, who distributed the Our Gang shorts to television as The Little Rascals, edited parts of The Lucky Corner with content it deemed to be possibly racially insensitive or offensive. These edits were later reinstated when The Little Rascals aired on the AMC cable TV network between 2001 and 2003.
- George McFarland - Spanky
- Carl Switzer - Alfalfa
- Billie Thomas - Buckwheat
- Leonard Kibrick - Leonard
- Scotty Beckett - Scotty
- Harold Switzer - Harold
- Donald Proffitt - Gang member
- Marianne Edwards - Gang member
- Alvin Buckelew - Gang member
- John Collum - Gang member
- Gloria Browne - Gloria
- Pete the Pup - Himself
- Gus Leonard - Gus, Scotty's Grandpa
- William Wagner - Leonard's father
- Charles Lloyd - Barber
- Joe Mathey - Buckwheat's father
- Joe Bordeaux - Painter
- Bobby Dunn - 'Poisoned' customer
- Art Rowlands - Customer who screams
- Ernie Alexander - First customer
- James C. Morton - Officer
- Jack Lipson - Crowd extra
- Sam Lufkin - Crowd extra
- Fred Holmes - Crowd extra
- "New York Times: The Lucky Corner". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-09-20.