Buckwheat, Porky, Spanky, Alfalfa and Butch's mom

Production Notes

Length: One Reel
Producer: Jack Chertok
Director: George Sidney
Photography: Unrevealed
Editor: Unrevealed
Titles: Unrevealed
Writer: Hal Law and Robert A. McGowan
Released: December 17, 1938
Studio: M-G-M

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

  • Becky Bohanon
  • Grace Bohanon
  • Joe Levine
  • Marie Blake - Mrs. Bond, Butch's mom

The Short

Plot: Butch has been playing practical jokes on everyone in the neighborhood. Alfalfa has been the focus of most of them, so they plan ahead to his twelfth birthday party to get even with him for all the pranks. Intercepting the birthday pineapple cake, they replace one of the candles with a firecracker, but things go wrong when Butch's mother asks Alfalfa to sing a birthday song for Butch. This means Alfalfa is right over the cake when it explodes, sending cake spraying over the entire room when it goes.

  • "Porky, I'll never forget you, you saved my life!" - Spanky
    • "Oh, that's nothin'." - Porky


  • This short was missing from the M-G-M syndication package on some TV stations.
  • Marie Blake, who plays Butch's mother in the episode is also the sister of M-G-M singing star, Jeanette MacDonald. Marie would later legally change her name to Blossom Rock and become well-known for playing Grandmama in The Addams Family from 1963 to 1965. She also plays Alfalfa's Aunt.
  • The address on the cake box reads "Tommy "Butch" Bond, 216 Camden Street".


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