Rushin Ballet

Butch, Alfalfa, Woim

Production Notes

Length: One Reel
Producer: Hal Roach
Director: Gordon Douglas
Photography: Art Lloyd
Editor: William Ziegler
Titles: None
Released: April 27, 1937
Studio: M-G-M

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

The Short

Plot: Buckwheat and Porky are playing marbles when Butch and The Woim come show up, steal their marbles, and smear their faces with soft tomatoes from a basket Buckwheat is carrying for his mother. They report this unprovoked attack to The Sekret Revengers Club who are actually Spanky and Alfalfa dedicated to balancing the scales of justice among the kids. Unsure what they're going to do, they track down Butch and confront him. Although he confesses his guilt, he knows the two won't do anything against him, that is until they pelt and Woim him with more soft tomatoes. This leads to a chase where Spanky and Alfalfa hide in the dance school and disguise themselves with wigs and ballet costumes. The disguised duo are soon spotted by Butch and Woim, and are chased out of a costume room. Their disguises work a bit too well, as they're mixed in with the girls' ballet class. The distracted teacher doesn't spot her two extra students until they're on stage. By now, Butch still owes Alfalfa a good throttling, so he and The Woim disguise themselves as adagio dancers in the show, kicking, tossing and swinging around Alfalfa in an act the audience thinks is part of the show. As Alfalfa is tossed off stage, he somehow manages to recover the stolen marbles. Butch and the Woim now take their bows, just as Buckwheat and Porky pelt them with some remaining tomatoes and then departing victoriously arm-in-arm.

  • "Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and everything but the truth?" - Alfalfa
  • "The bigger they are, the harder we fall." - Alfalfa
  • "There's nobody down here 'cept us dummies." - Alfalfa


  • The girls disguise and ballet sequence of this short was recreated for The Little Rascals movie.
  • This short possibly ranks as one of the top remembered shorts in the Our Gang series.


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