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Waldos Last Stand - 1940 This is a colorized version (boo!) of the 1940 Our Gang comedy Waldo's Last Stand. In this one, the gang tries to increase the business at Waldo's struggling lemonade stand by putting on a floor show! This episode marked the final appearance of Waldo and the first appearance of Froggy. In the final number, one of the dancers is five-year-old Janet Burston, the girl who would replace Darla Hood as the lead female gang member until the series ran its course.
Tags: Our  Gang  colorized  Waldos  Last  Stand 
Added: 12th October 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-10-12 
This is a classic example of why films shouldn't be colorized. The Our Gang/Little Rascals comedies were period pieces. Color sems badly out of place here. Any attempt to 'modernize' movies with color ultimately ends up detracting from them.
Posted by: Old Fart on 2012-10-13 
Colorization doesn't seem to be a big deal these day.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-10-13 
I think the opponents of colorization, of which I am one, are fighting a losing battle because the people who are in favor of it see it as 'progress.' I tend to think of it as altering history and a form of desecration.

Can you imagine Casablanca or Citizen Kane being colorized? Who would consider that to be progress?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-12-21 
The Our Gang MGM films from 1939 to 1944 were definitely a notch below the standards of those in the Hal Roach era.

Roach recognized the importance and realism of having the kids act like kids. In the MGM episodes (of which Waldo's Last Stand is one of the better ones) the kids start to act more and more like miniature adults. The trait that made the originals so appealing was lost. More often than not the MGM shorts were preachy and featured a lesson to be learned.

MGM also made a huge mistake by ditching the familiar Our Gang theme music.
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