Who Killed Doc Robbin

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For the 1931 British film, see Who Killed Doc Robin?.
Who Killed Doc Robbin
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Directed by Bernard Carr
Produced by Hal Roach
Hal Roach, Jr.
Robert F. McGowan
Written by Robert F. McGowan (story)
Dorothy Reid
Maurice Geraghty
Starring Larry Olsen
Billy Gray
Renee Beard
Cinematography John W. Boyle
Edited by Arthur Seid
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s)
  • April 9, 1948 (1948-04-09)
Running time 55 min.
Country United States
Language English

Who Killed Doc Robbin (1948) is a film produced by Hal Roach and Robert F. McGowan as a reimagining of their Our Gang series.

The film was one of "Hal Roach's Streamliners" features of the 1940s, running only 55 minutes, and was designed as a B-movie. Like most of Roach's latter-day output, Who Killed Doc Robbin, the sequel to 1947's Curley, was shot in Cinecolor. Bernard Carr was the film's director, and the film was released to theatres on April 9, 1948 by United Artists. It stars Larry Olsen, Billy Gray[citation needed], and Renee Beard, younger brother of original Our Ganger Matthew "Stymie" Beard.

Who Killed Doc Robbin's plot involves a murder mystery involving the death of local scientist Dr. Hugo Robbin. Curley (Olsen) and his "gang" happen to have been key witnesses to several of the events, and the children's testimonies are told in flashback during the court case.

When Hal Roach sold Our Gang to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1938, he was contractually bound not to produce anymore kids comedies. When Roach decided that he wanted to produce Curley, he got MGM's permission by giving up his right to buy back the name Our Gang.

Both Curley and Who Killed Doc Robbin, performed poorly at the box office (as a result, Roach discontinued theatrical film production, turning his studio's efforts towards television), and when Roach bought back the rights to the 1927-1938 Our Gang shorts in 1949, he had to re-christen the series as The Little Rascals.

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