Leonard, Darla, Butch, Spanky and Buckwheat

Production Notes

Length: One Reel
Producer: Jack Chertok and Richard Goldstone
Director: Edward Cahn
Photography: Clyde DeVinna
Editor: Ralph E. Goldstein
Writer: Robert A. McGowan and Hal Law
Released: May 25, 1940
Studio: M-G-M

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

  • Barbara Bedford - Alfalfa's Mother
  • Robert Jones - Tisket
  • Rollie Jones - Tasket
  • Hank Mann - Butch's Father
  • Harry Strang - Explosives Engineeer
  • William Newell - Alfalfa's Father

The Short

Plot: Alfalfa and Butch are once again trying to outdo each other to get Darla's attention. Alfalfa is so love-struck that he spells out Darla's name in his alphabet soup. His dad thinks he's sick and doses him with Settles-itt Powders. Meanwhile, the gang visitis Butch's grarage lab where he shows off how to create dynamite, but Alfalfa recognizes that it's the same potion his dad gave him and drinks it down. However, Alfalfa drinks the two components separately instead of mixing them together first like the instructions say, so this causes his stomach to swell to the size of a watermelon (ala Wheezer and Beezer in Little Mother and Farina in War Feathers). The gang surrounds Alfalfa in pillows as they get help, but soon, there's blasting from dynamite nearby and the gang just figures it had to be Alfalfa, who they had left sitting on the very stump that got blasted. They go to tell his parents the bad news, when in actuality, Alfalfa, shooed away by the dynamite workers and scared by the explosion, has run home where his dad doses him with bicarb. When Alfalfa turns up okay, Darla rushes to hug him, but Alfalfa falls on his extended stomach, blowing out the front wall of the house.


  • The original working title for this short was "In Love Again."
  • This short borrows material from the Thelma Todd comedy, Sneak Easily.
  • This short basically has the same premise of The Andy Griffith Show episode called "The Loaded Goat."
  • The twins are possibly played by the same set of twins from Kiddie Kure.
  • This was the the last short for Tommy Bond.


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