Originally released on January 13, 1924, the silent, two-reel Our Gang comedy Tire Trouble is the film in which the gang operates their own taxi service. Not only do the kids build their own cab (using an abandoned Model T), but they also outfit the vehicle with all manner of clever, labor-saving and traffic-conscious devices. While helping "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison and Allen "Farina" Hoskins deliver their laundry, cab driver Mickey Daniels drives himself and the rest of the gang to the home of wealthy invalid J. William McAllister. Despite the admonitions of McAllister's legions of doctors and nurses, the youngsters decide that the old man doesn't look nearly as sick as he's supposed to be -- and of course, they're right. Thanks to the gang, McAllister enjoys a new lease on life, and to reward his youthful benefactors, he takes them all to an amusement park. The highlight of this consistently delightful film is a dizzying roller coaster ride, capped by a riotous visit to a fun house. Many current prints of Tire Trouble have been copied from the 13-minute TV version, retitled The Cure.
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