Came the Brawn (extra on The Wizard of Oz DVD (BCI Eclipse, 2001)). [Category: Hollywood]

This “Little Rascals” short features a goofy wrestling match between Alfalfa and the Masked Marvel, who was originally supposed to be wimpy egghead Waldo (the only kid Alfalfa believes he can lick), but who really ends up being neighborhood bully Butch. The rules of wrestling are bent so far that they break, but you don’t care, because Butch is so unpleasant you want to see him get beat. This is a charming and mildly amusing short, with a few weird moments here and there.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.

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