Surprised Parties

Surprised Parties is a 1942 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Edward Cahn and starring George McFarland, Billie Thomas, Mickey Gubitosi, Billy Laughlin, and Janet Burston. It was the 206th Our Gang short (207th episode, 118th talking short, 119th talking episode, and 38th MGM produced episode) that was released.

Surprised Parties
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Directed byEdward Cahn
Written byHal Law
Robert A. McGowan
Produced byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
StarringGeorge McFarland
Billie Thomas
Mickey Gubitosi
Billy Laughlin
Janet Burston
CinematographyWalter Lundin
Edited byLeon Borgeau
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 30, 1942 (1942-05-30)
Running time
CountryUnited States


Upset because, as a leap year baby (he only has a birthday every four years), Froggy remembers the fact that he has almost never had a birthday party. The gang decides to throw a surprise party in Froggy's honor, but they pretend to throw him out of the clubhouse in order to keep it a secret.[1] Vengefully, Froggy sneaks back and sets all sorts of booby-traps for the other gang members and then shows up at the party disguised as a new girl in town. But when Froggy discovers that the party was for him, he becomes guilty and sets off all the traps by himself.[2]


The GangEdit

Additional castEdit

  • Margaret Bert as Froggy's mother
  • Giovanna Gubitosi as Gloria
  • Leon Tyler as Jimmy

Party guestsEdit

Buz Buckley, James Gubitosi, Tommy Tucker, Frank Ward

Production noteEdit

Surprised Parties was the last short with Edward Cahn as Our Gang's regular director. He would return in 1943 to direct Three Smart Guys. Herbert Glazer takes over directing beginning with Doin' Their Bit.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "IMB". IMB. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
  2. ^ Hal Erickson (2011). "New York Times: Surprised-Parties". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2008-10-08.

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