Two criminals, Froggy, Mickey and Buckwheat

Length: One Reel
Producer: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Herbert Glazer
Photography: Jackson Rose
Editor: Leon Bourgeau
Writer: Robert A. McGowan and Hal Law
Released: September 18, 1943
Studio: M-G-M

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

  • Dick Rich - Pete
  • Emmett O'Connor - Police Officer
  • Mark Daniels - Photographer
  • Norman Willis - Joe the Burglar
  • Robert Ferrero - Paper Boy

The Short

Plot: The Greenpoint Department Store is staging a murder mystery promotion. They have a display set with dummies and clues with $100 prize money offered to the winner who accurately solves the mystery. With the crowds standing around studying the clues, the Rascals can never get close enough to study the scene so they ask the janitor to let them spend time after hours to study the scene. However, they also over hear him getting over-taken by burglars breaking into the store to rob the safe. They dump his body in the window and capture the gang except for Janet Burston who has hidden herself. She tries to get the police to help, but when they won't take her word for it, she rounds up all the kids to mount a rescue. In the end, it's the police coming to rescue the burglars from the kids.

  • Buckwheat - "If you fellows kill us, we'll haunt you the rest of your lives."
    Mickey - " Yep. And we'll get all the other ghosts to help us, too."


  • Maltin and Bann criticized this short for being too unbelievable and poorly executed.
  • This is the third short to have guns in it; the other being Spanky and A Lad An' A Lamp. Although unlike the other two shorts, they were trying to killed one of the main character (Janet and Froggy)
  • Froggy is now the sixth Rascal to be at a hospital; the others being Mickey in 1-2-3-Go!, Jackie in Free Wheeling, Wheezer in Big Ears, Darla and Alfalfa in Men In Fright. Although, Alfalfa was an accident along with Junior.


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