The riff: Chirped by Tom Servo during the movie’s opening credits.
The explanation: “Our Gang” was the official name for the series of shorts that became better known as “The Little Rascals.” It was somewhat notable at its 1922 inception for portraying children in a more realistic way than in the past. Compare “Our Gang” episodes to children’s appearances in adult comedies of the time and you’ll see what I mean–they actually have their own motivations and concerns, and act more like small adults than overgrown babies. Hal Roach, the producer, was a prolific producer of comedies, including those of Laurel and Hardy.
Novelty factor: Despite its age, I recognized this one, having studied this sort of thing in some of my earlier film courses.