|Directed by||Edward Cahn|
|Produced by||Jack Chertok for MGM|
|Written by||Hal Law
Robert A. McGowan
|Cinematography||Clyde De Vinna|
|Editing by||Ralph Goldstien|
|Release date(s)||25 May 1940|
|Running time||10 minutes|
Bubbling Troubles is an American 1940 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Edward Cahn. It was the 187th Our Gang short (188th episode, 99th talking short, 100th talking episode, and 19th MGM produced episode) that was released.
Butch wins the heart of Darla, leaving heartbroken Alfalfa to cry in his alphabet soup. Mistaking the boy's doldrums for indigestion, Alfalfa's dad prepares to give his son a good dose of "Settles-It" Powder. Later on, the kids pay a visit to Butch's jerry-built chemistry lab, where the young troublemaker is mixing up what he claims is an explosive. Recognizing the mixture as Settles-It Powder, the crafty Alfalfa offers himself as Butch's guinea pig, "bravely" downing the concoction in hopes of impressing Darla. Alas, the powders haven't been properly combined, and before long Alfalfa becomes drastically bloated and the rest of the gang is convinced that he has become a walking bomb.
Tommy Bond made his final appearance with Our Gang in this film, after spending two & a half years as "Butch", a recurring character, the Gang's ongoing nemesis. He also was in the Gang as a recurring character from 1932 to 1934, giving him a total of 5 years. This film was made in November 1939 but was not released until 25 May 1940. Several films were made and released in the intervening time. This film was considered by critics to be an average one. But the series was declining steadily as the well-known actors departed.
- Carl Switzer as Alfalfa
- George McFarland as Spanky
- Darla Hood as Darla
- Robert Blake as Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
- Billie Thomas as Buckwheat
- Leonard Landy as Leonard
- Tommy Bond as Butch
- Barbara Bedford as Alfalfa's mother
- William Newell as Alfalfa's father
- Hank Mann as Butch's father
- Harry Strang as explosives worker
- unknown actors
- Unknown girl as Girl who gave the penny to the monkey
- Unknown boy as Tiskert (twin #1)
- Unknown boy as Taskert (twin #2)
- "New York Times: Bubbling-Troubles". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
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