One of a handful of currently unavailable Hal Roach/MGM "Our Gang" silent films, School Begins was a series of gags built around the unenviable ritual of returning to school during the first week of September. Hoping to get out of their classroom responsibilities, Gang members Joe Cobb and Harry Spear arranged a series of excuses to be sent home, all of which came a-cropper. Fortunately for the boys, the school day ended abruptly and prematurely when Harry's kid brother, played by Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins, brought a live fish, and a brace of trained seals, into the little red schoolhouse. School Begins was originally released on November 17, 1928.
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