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The Pinch Singer

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The Pinch Singer
Title card
Directed byFred C. Newmeyer
Produced byHal Roach
StarringDarla Hood
Eugene Lee
George McFarland
Carl Switzer
Billie Thomas
Jerry Tucker
Harold Switzer
Marianne Edwards
Sidney Kibrick
Pete The Pup
Music byMarvin Hatley
Leroy Shield
CinematographyArt Lloyd
Edited byLouis McManus
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 4, 1936 (1936-01-04)
Running time
17 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Pinch Singer is a 1936 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Fred C. Newmeyer. It was the 142nd Our Gang short released.


The gang's Eagles Club holds auditions for a performer to send to a local amateur radio talent contest, with $50 going to the winner. Despite Alfalfa's repeated attempts to upstage his competition, Darla is chosen to represent the club at the talent contest after her performance of "I'm in the Mood for Love." However, when Darla fails to show up at the radio station, Spanky runs frantically to look for her, while Alfalfa decides to take it upon himself and take Darla's place on the radio program.

Alfalfa begins crooning "I'm in the Mood for Love." When the gang hears Alfalfa on the radio, they race to the pay phones at the nearest drugstore and rig the contest, calling in vote after vote for Alfalfa. Spanky returns to the station with Darla just as Alfalfa finishes the performance. As Spanky begins to berate Alfalfa for acting on his own, the emcee informs them that Alfalfa won the $50 prize. Suddenly, Spanky has nothing but confidence in Alfalfa's future singing efforts at which Alfalfa abruptly silences with a gong.


The Gang

Additional Eagles Club members

Daniel Boone, John Collum, Rex Downing, Kay Frye, Barbara Goodrich, Paul Hilton, Peggy Lynch, Dickie De Nuet

Additional cast

  • Bud Murray Dancers as Famous Broadway Artists
  • Gloria Brown as Famous Broadway Artists dancer
  • Betsy Gay as Famous Broadway Artists dancer
  • Dickie Jones as Famous Broadway Artists dancer
  • Jackie Morrow as Plantation Trio member
  • Warner, Walt, and George Weidler as Saxophone players
  • Chet Brandenburg as Audience extra
  • Eddie Craven as Elevator boy
  • Blair Davies as Radio announcer
  • Gail Goodson as Information girl
  • Charlie Hall as Druggist and audience extra
  • Marvin Hatley as Marvin, music conductor
  • Bill Madsen as Page
  • Chet Brandenberg as Audience member
  • Lester Dorr as Audience member
  • Junior Cavanaugh as Undetermined role
  • Betty Cox as Undetermined role
  • Dorian Johnson as Undetermined role
  • Harry McCabe as Undetermined role
  • Delmar Watson as Undetermined role

See also


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