Waldo's Last Stand

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Waldo's Last Stand
Directed by Edward Cahn
Produced by Jack Chertok
Richard Goldstone for MGM
Written by Hal Law
Robert A. McGowan
Starring Robert Blake
Darla Hood
George 'Spanky' McFarland
Cinematography Jackson Rose
Edited by Albert Akst
Distributed by MGM
Release date
  • October 5, 1940 (1940-10-05)
Running time
10' 39"
Country United States
Language English
Budget $18, 974 (estimated)

Waldo's Last Stand is a 1940 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Edward Cahn. It was the 193rd Our Gang short (194th episode, 105th talking short, 106th talking episode, and 25th MGM produced episode) that was released.


The gang offers to help Waldo attract customers to his lemonade stand. Redecorating their barn as a lavish nightclub, the kids stage an elaborate floor show, with Darla as the star vocalist. Unfortunately, their efforts attract only one patron—a surly, stone-faced kid named Froggy.[1] Spanky and the others try to persuade Froggy into buying a drink, even going as far as singing an impromptu song about dryness and thirst, but to no avail. The kids then come up with an idea: to put a heater under Froggy which would heat him up and force him to buy a drink. When Spanky asks Froggy why he would not buy a drink, Froggy responds that he does not have any money and that it is too hot in the barn.


  • Another Our Ganger leaves as Waldo's Last Stand marked the final appearance of Darwood Kaye. Kaye's film career is described in the 2009 book, "Finding Waldo," written by one of his four sons.
  • Waldo's Last Stand is one of four sound Our Gang shorts (and the only MGM-produced entry) that fell into the public domain after the copyright lapsed in the 1960s (the other three being Bear Shooters, School's Out and Our Gang Follies of 1938). As such, these films frequently appear on inexpensive video and/or DVD compilations.


The Gang[edit]

Additional cast[edit]

Dancers/Performers in the floor show[edit]

Lavonne Battle, Shirley Jean Doble, Donna Jean Edmonsond, Helen Guthrie, Patsy Irish, Jackie Krenk, Bobby Sommers, Betty Jean Striegler, Mary Ann Such, Patsy Anne Thompson, Patricia Wheeler

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New York Times: Waldo's-Last-Stand". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 

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