1 January 2005 | 2reelers
Golly fellas, this is crap!
I counted six mistakes while watching this movie. Those 6 mistakes are the lead "actors" producer/director Jules White hired to appear in the film. The year was 1954, and White's idea was to create a new series of theatrical short-subjects inspired by the popular "Our Gang" series that had just been issued to the television market. The televised "Our Gang" shorts were retitled "The Little Rascals", so Jules White christened this gang "The Mischief Makers" (not to be confused with the 1960's television revival of the early "Our Gang" silents).
This 16 minute film seemed to last forever, and is easily the worst two-reel comedy short Columbia Pictures produced. All of the laughs are unintentional, and the child actors chosen for the roles lack the charm and wit of the "Our Gang" kids. To make matters worse, this group of award-winning thespians can barely deliver their lines, and morbidly, the only scene I found funny involved one of the "Mischief Makers" being locked inside an abandoned refrigerator (don't worry...the kid is rescued). If you feel I've left a big spoiler here, forget it. You probably won't be able to dig up a copy of this film anyways (and if you do, I suggest you promptly bury it again).
How veteran character actor Emil Sitka got through this mess of a film, I'll never know.