9 February 2019 | MartinHafer
Those kids are out of control!!!
When you watch the old Our Gang comedies, sometimes you have to say to yourself "These kids are nuts....and where are their parents?!". This is definitely true in "Fast Freight"!
The story begins with Farina and Pete riding in hammocks under a fast moving freight train!! Insane? You betcha! Apparently, Farina is traveling to California where streets are paved with gold! Later, he and Pete take a break and they meet the gang. And, apparently they don't know each other and live in other parts of the country. This sort of continuity is not unusual in these comedies. For example, in "Baby Brother", Joe Cobb plays a rich kid who has never even met the gang until the middle of this film. Regardless, Farina convinces the kids that California is the place they oughta be, so they changed their clothes and took off on the next train. Will the kids make it? Will they did? Will Hal Roach Studios find folks arrested for child neglect?!
While this film is funny and has some cute moments, you probably can tell I found the plot alarming. As a parent, it did make me a bit on edge! Still, it's entertaining, albeit weird...especially when the trip takes them to a spooky old house and there's a baby aligator inside...huh?!