Who Killed Doc Robbin? (1948)

Article #1049 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-28-2004
Posting Date: 6-26-2004
Directed by Bernard Carr
Featuring Larry Olsen, Eileen Janssen, Peter Miles

A group of children try to save their adult friend from being arrested for the murder of a doctor by looking for clues in the doc’s scary old mansion.

There’s a whole subgenre of comedy involving children being comically cute that included groups like Our Gang and The Little Rascals. As of yet, I haven’t been in the position of covering this subgenre. That changes with this entry, with a group of kids known as Curley and His Gang visiting a haunted house. Here’s a quick description of Curley and His Gang; there’s Curley, the ordinary kid. There’s Dudley, the brainy kid. There’s Speck, the freckled gangly coward who looks like the bully from A CHRISTMAS STORY. Then there’s the really cute little girl and the other girl who looks like the one from INVADERS FROM MARS (it might even be the same girl). Oh, and it has the two black children, Dis and Dat, and they’re as politically incorrect as you might imagine. It also has George Zucco for about three minutes, and Charles Gemora and his gorilla outfit. It’s also in color, which is surprising for a fifty-minute movie, but either it was very poor color or my print is really bad. As for the movie itself, well… let’s just say that there was a very good reason that no more Curley and His Gang movies were made after this one. Still, I will give it credit for tossing me one of the most bizarre scenes I’ve ever seen in my life, when the tall gangly freckled scaredy-cat does battle with a chimp in a leopard skin; his weapon? A swordfish. And the less said about the scene where everyone mistakes the chimp for Dat, the better.


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