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Buckwheat, Mickey, Froggy, and Janet

Production Notes

Length: One Reel
Producer: Cyril Endfield
Director: Cyril Endfield
Photography: Jackson Rose
Editor: Leon Bourgeou
Titles: None
Writer: Hal Law and Robert A. McGowan
Released: April 29, 1944
Studio: M-G-M

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

The Short

Plot: Froggy has a crush on a young girl named Marilyn, who is too preoccupied with her budding career as a dancer to pay Froggy attention. When the gang attends one of Marilyn's recitals, Froggy finds himself insanely jealous of Marilyn's dancing partner Gerald, whom he sees as a rival for Marilyn's affections.
A few days later, Froggy holds a dance recital of his own, hoping ot impress Marilyn. His seemingly gravity-defying moves are accomplished with the help of Mickey, and Buckwheat, who have rigged their pal up with wires to control his movements via a pulley. Gerald exposes this artifice, hoping to embarrass Froggy. Marilyn, however, is impressed by Froggy's determination, and tells him she loves him - only to have the deep-voiced boy faint dead away.


  • "Dancing Romeo" was the final film to be filmed and released in the twenty-two year Our Gang canon. Its antecedent on the release schedule, Tale Of A Dog, is sometimes considered the final film in the series, as it has a later production number (#2866 versus Dancing Romeo's production #2861) and began pre-production.
  • Hal Roach, who created and produced Our Gang until selling the series to MGM in 1938, would revive the Our Gang concept for a pair of late-1940s features, "Curley" (1947) and "Who Killed Doc Robbin" (1948). An Our Gang true revival, however, would come with the syndication of the Roach-produced shorts to television as "The Little Rascals," leading to its renewed popularity from the 1950s.
  • This episode was the last episode in the series. As one of the last new characters in the series, Froggy gets to deliver the last line.
  • This short is technically Mickey (Robert Blake) and Janet (Janet Burston) last appearance in the series since Froggy and Buckwheat would later appear (played by new actors) in the 1994 film but not as William Laughlin and William Thomas Jr.
  • Numerous groups of "Little Rascals" child actors and actresses lasted from Tuesday, October 10, 1922 in first date of release of silent film, One Terrible Day to Dancing Romeo's date of release on Saturday, April 29, 1944. Their two dates differ by 7,872 days, equaling 1,124 weeks and 4 days.
  • This short's copyright was renewed by MGM on May 6, 1971 (No. R505779).