The Kid from Borneo

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The Kid from Borneo
Directed by Robert F. McGowan
Produced by F. Richard Jones
Hal Roach
Written by Carl Harbaugh
Hal Roach
H. M. Walker
Hal Yates
Starring Our Gang
John Lester Johnson
Music by Leroy Shield
Marvin Hatley
Cinematography Francis Corby
Edited by William H. Terhune
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 15, 1933 (1933-04-15)
Running time
18' 41"
Country United States
Language English

The Kid from Borneo is a comedy short subject; part of the Our Gang (Little Rascals) series. It was produced and directed by Robert F. McGowan for Hal Roach, and was originally released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on April 15, 1933.[1] It was the 122nd (34th talking episode) Our Gang short that was released.


Dickie, Dorothy, and Spanky's Uncle George is in town. Uncle George manages a show called "Wild Man from Borneo", featuring a tribally-attired black man with a mentality of a seven-year-old child. The kids' father refuses to let the real Uncle George come over so their mother has the kids visit him at the show's location. Their mother explains to the kids that Uncle George is the black sheep of the family.

Bumbo a.k.a. "Wild Man From Borneo" / mistaken Uncle George (John Lester Johnson)

They come to the show location and another worker tells the kids that Uncle George will be right there. They mistake the Wild Man from Borneo named Bumbo (a man dressed with horns) for the real Uncle George, who is never seen as he was off running an errand. The Wild Man spots Stymie's candy, he shouts "Yumm Yumm Eat-Em-Up, Eat-Em-Up!!!", and chases the kids back to their house. Once there, the wild man asks for more candy, saying “Yumm, yumm, Eat-Em-Up!” and chases the kids throughout the house. The wild man runs after them, messes the house up, eats everything in the refrigerator whole (including containers plus eggs & their shells!), drinks wine, gets drunk and further destroys much of the house while continuing to chase the kids inebriated, wielding a kitchen knife, repeating "Eat-Em-Up, Eat-Em-Up". The Little Rascals themselves fend off the Wild Man in their usual mischievous ways. Stymie is almost done in until Dorothy cracks the ruffian over the head with a vase. The Kid from Borneo is countervailed by the Rascals, but at the expense of the destruction of some of the house by the mistaken Uncle George.

Then, the mother arrives and asks Spanky where Uncle George is. She is directed upstairs and goes to an upstairs bedroom where she finds the Wild Man from Borneo lying in bed with the covers pulled over him, recovering from the cheap wine and the kids' attacks. Thinking that it's her brother, the real Uncle George, she is shocked to find the primitive tribesman Bumbo and jumps out of the second-story window to escape the brute. When the father comes home soon after, Dickie says "Uncle George is upstairs." The dad rolls up his sleeves, vows to punch Uncle George, and heads upstairs. He looks for George and finds the Wild Man instead, who throws him literally out the 2nd floor window with no effort whatsoever. Then Spanky blasts the Wild Man out of the same window with a Roman candle shot to the rear. Out on the ground, the Wild Man joins the father and mother, where all three run off into the distance as Spanky giggles with his signature laugh.


The Gang[edit]

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The Kid from Borneo was allegedly withdrawn from syndication in 1971 due to perceived racism and mistreatment of handicapped people.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "New York Times: The Kid From Borneo". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 

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