Featured role. He's the brains behind the cake-tampering. The man delivering the cake mistakes him for Butch and calls him "Tommy."
Darla Hood as "Darla"
Featured role. She accompanies Alfalfa on the piano.
Eugene "Porky" Lee as "Porky"
Supporting role. He saves Spanky from a firecracker.
Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat"
Supporting role. His hat is glued to his head.
Small part. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Gary Jasgar. He has on a blindfold as we first see the party.
Small part. He's virtually an extra, except for the closeup of him with cake on his face.
Extra. He sits a couple of seats away from Butch at the table.
Extra. She sits next to Butch at his party, and is seen with cake on her face at the end of the film. It may be that the inclusion of Becky Bohanon in Maltin &
Bann's cast listing might have been originally meant for Grace, as I don't see Becky anywhere.
Extra. He sits to the left of Sidney.
Extras. There are at least ten more kids at the party.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
(1.) The dog that plays "Rover."
(2.) Darla's cat, named "Baby."
Marie Blake as "Mrs. Bond," Butch's mom
Supporting role. She arranges for Alfalfa to sing to Butch at the party.
Bit part. The only remaining adult is the man that delivers the cake, whose face isn't shown.
"Our Gang" by David Snell
This is played over the opening titles. This is a medley of three songs:
(1.) "London Bridge" - The earliest reference to this nursery rhyme is in a play from 1659, and it was associated with children by 1720. It may
derive from a part of the "Heimskringla" by Snorri Sturluson, which was composed around 1225.
(2.) "Mulberry Bush" - Also known as "So Early In The Morning" and "This Is The Way." It was probably originally called
"Here We Go Round The Bramble Tree" in the mid 18th century, with the type of tree changed by inmates of Wakefield Prison, who exercised around a mulberry bush.
(3.) "The Farmer In The Dell" - This nursery rhyme is of uncertain origins.
"Because It's Your Birthday Today (The Birthday Song)" by Nick and Charles Kenny
This is the song Alfalfa sings as the firecracker is ready to go off.
"The Gang Goes Home" by David Snell
This is a shorter version of "Our Gang," including only "London Bridge."
Four shooting dates went into the making of this film, from October 24 to 27, 1938.
As Tommy Bond related in his 1994 book Darn Right It's Butch: "The day the party scene was to be shot I found that my dog had been run over and died. I loved
that dog. Nevertheless, I had to do a scene in which everyone is happy. The show must go on, so I managed with no visible sadness."
The box holding the cake reveals that Butch lives on Camden Street, but I can't make out the number.
See page 235 of Maltin & Bann's book for this film's expenses and profits. This film had the largest profit of any of the 52 Metro-produced shorts, due mostly to
the fact that it had both the lowest negative cost and the lowest total cost among them.
My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page: Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information) Steven R. Wright (for identifying Joe Levine) Debby Mendelsohn (for verifying the spelling of Gary Jasgur's last name) bigshotjones (for researching Gary Jasgur and getting discussion started on this matter)