- Hide and Shriek
name = Hide and Shriek
director = Gordon Douglas
cinematography = Norbert Brodine
editing = William H. Ziegler
distributor = MGM
18 June, 1938
runtime = 10 minutes
country = USA
language = English
preceded_by = "
The Awful Tooth"
followed_by = "
The Little Ranger"
imdb_id = 0030232
"Hide and Shriek" is a 1938 "
Our Gang" short comedy filmdirected by Gordon Douglas. It was the 168th " Our Gang" short (169th episode, 80th talking short, and the 81st talking episode) that was released. It was the last Our Gang episode created by Hal Roach.
Opening his own detective agency, Alfalfa dons a deerstalker cap and rechristens himself "X-10, Sooper Sleuth." His first assignment: to find out who stole a box of candy from Darla. Suspecting that little Leonard and Junior are the alleged culprits, Alfalfa and his chief (and only) operatives Buckwheat and Porky put a tail on the two youngsters. Unfortunately, the three junior gumshoes are sidetracked to a seaside amusement pier, where they find themselves trapped in the fun-house. Scared out of their wits by various ersatz ghosts, monsters and spooky moans and groans, our heroes vow to give up the detective business forever -- if they live that long! cite web |url=http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/225693/Hide-and-Shriek/overview |title=New York Times: Hide and Shriek |accessdate=2008-09-21|work=NY Times]
Hide and Shriek was the final entry in producer Hal Roach's "Our Gang" series. He had another year to go to produce episodes for MGM but his distribution deal with other properties expired earlier that year. Roach switched to another studio to distribute his produced feature films. Our gang was his only property left doing short subjects. So MGM decided rather than just distribute Our Gang, which Roach was a year from ending anyway, to just buy the unit outright. Our gang was still popular and MGM wanted to keep getting these films for the theatres along with MGM's feature films.
Therefore "Hide & SHriek was indeed, Roach's final short-subject release on any kind. Our Gang, over at MGM revamped and would be based in a fictitous town called "Greenpoint". The episodes initially were well made but evolved into morality lessons. Film critics felt that the MGM Our gang episodes were inferior to the Roach produced episodes. MGM continued producing the 10 minute shorts of Our Gang until 1944.
Carl Switzer- Alfalfa, alias X-10
Billie Thomas- Buckwheat, alias X-6-1 / 2
* Eugene Lee - Porky, alias X-6
Billy Bletcher- Voices of all haunted-house ghouls (voice)
Dick Elliott- Haunted-house proprietor
Fred Holmes- Janitor
Our Gang filmography
*imdb title|id=0030232|title=Hide and Shriek
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