Filmed February 27 to March 15, 1928. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Title sheet prepared by H. M. Walker on March 19, 1928.
Cutting continuity submitted March 20, 1928.
Copyrighted September 22, 1928, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP25669. Renewed
December 7, 1955, with registration no. R160738. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2023.
Released September 22, 1928. It was the 77th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Growing
Supporting role. His big scene is the one where he keeps using bigger hammers to hit the giant on the head with.
Small part. She's not mentioned in the continuity, but appears in the publicity photos.
Small part. He's not mentioned in the continuity, but appears in the publicity photos.
Pete (no. 1)
Supporting role. He's featured throughout the film. The continuity refers to him as
"Pansy," but not in any of the inter-titles.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
A hornets nest is put down the back of the giant's pants, but it isn't clear whether we actually
see the hornets themselves, or if they might be animated.
John Aason as "John Aason," the vaudeville giant
Featured role. Maltin & Bann spell his last name Aassen. He's the circus giant who stands in for
Wheezer and scares the kids.
Small parts and bit parts.
(1.) Mary Ann and Wheezer's mother, known as "Mrs. James Jackson."
(2.) The cab driver.
(3.) The man who carries Mary back to the gang while she's dressed as a baby.
(4.) The woman Mary hides behind before pushing Harry in the mud.
16 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Only three days after shooting finished for "Crazy
House" (no. 76), the 'start' date arrived for "Growing Pains" on Feb. 27th. Shooting
continued until the 'finish' date of Mar. 15th. No shooting took place on Feb. 26th, Mar. 4th or Mar. 11th, which
were all Sundays. Anthony Mack (listed as McGowan Jr. in the 1928 studio datebook) directed on each of the
shooting dates. After this, roughly seven and a half weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began shooting "The
Ol' Gray Hoss" (no. 78). The studio was closed for over five of those weeks.
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B437.
This film is considered to be lost and is therefore unavailable on video. Most of the information listed above derives
from the cutting continuity, which was submitted for copyright purposes to the Library of Congress. I have been able to
view some publicity photos, though, which verify the inclusion of the kids listed below.