The Pinch Singer

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The Pinch Singer
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer
Produced by Hal Roach
Music by Marvin Hatley
Leroy Shield
Cinematography Art Lloyd
Edited by Louis McManus
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s)
  • January 4, 1936 (1936-01-04)
Running time 18 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Pinch Singer is a 1936 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Fred C. Newmeyer. It was the 142nd Our Gang short that was released, although it was produced before the short which followed it on the release schedule, Divot Diggers.


The gang's Eagles Club holds auditions for a performer to send to a local amateur radio talent contest with a $50 prize. Despite Alfalfa's repeated attempts to upstage his competition, Darla is elected to represent the club at the talent contest. However, when Darla does not turn up at the radio station, Spanky runs to look for her, while Alfalfa decides to take it upon himself and take Darla's place on the radio program.

Alfalfa begins crooning "I'm in the Mood for Love". When the gang hears Alfalfa on the radio, they race to the nearest drugstore and rig the contest, calling in vote after vote for Alfalfa. Spanky turns up with Darla just as Alfalfa finishes his performance. As Spanky starts to berate Alfalfa for acting on his own, the emcee informs him that "he's won the prize". Suddenly, Spanky has nothing but confidence in Alfalfa's future singing efforts at which Alfalfa abruptly silences with a gong.


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