Growing Pains

film no. 77


This film is considered to be lost and is therefore unavailable on video. Most of the information listed below 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.

technical details:

Production G-11.

Filmed February 27 to March 15, 1928. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

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.

Silent two-reeler.

Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Growing Pains".'

the crew:

Produced by Robert F. McGowan for Hal Roach
This is the way Maltin & Bann put it. The film credits Roach as a presenter, and also says "A Robert McGowan Production."

Supervised by Robert F. McGowan
The film credits him as supervising director, but without the middle initial.

Directed by Anthony Mack
This credit appears in the film. Mack was actually Robert A. (for Anthony) McGowan, the nephew of Robert F. He's credited in the 1928 studio datebook as "McGowan, Jr."

Photographed by Art Lloyd
This credit appears in the film.

Edited by Richard Currier
This credit appears in the film.

Titles by H. M. Walker
This credit appears in the film.

Story by Robert F. McGowan
This credit doesn't appear in the film, but is indicated in the cutting continuity.

Animal Trainer: Harry Lucenay
He was Pete's owner and trainer.

Teacher: Fern Carter
Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Indicated in the opening title card.

Passed by the National Board of Review
As indicated in the film.

All Rights Reserved Under International Convention of Buenos Aires
As indicated in the film.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement

the kids:

Mary Ann Jackson as "Mary Ann"
Lead role. She continually pesters the other kids and sicks the giant on them.

Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
Featured role. His mother constantly gives him cod liver oil. The kids think he's been turned into a giant.

Allen "Farina" Hoskins
Supporting role. He's the victim of several of Mary Ann's practical jokes.

Joe Cobb
Supporting role. He's also a frequent victim and has plenty of screen time.

Jay R. Smith
Supporting role. He's given a fair amount of attention.

Harry Spear
Supporting role. He's given some individual attention and is the first to successfully get back at the giant when he starts throwing eggs.

Jackie Condon
Supporting role. His big scene is the one where he keeps using bigger hammers to hit the giant on the head with.

Jean Darling
Small part. She's not mentioned in the continuity, but appears in the publicity photos.

Jimmy Farren
Small part. He's not mentioned in the continuity, but appears in the publicity photos.

the animals:

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.

the adults:

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.

other adults
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.

©Apr. 3, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 4/25, 7/9.
2007 updates: 4/1, 7/16, 10/22.
2008 updates: 1/7, 7/6, 7/20.
2009 updates: 7/23.

Thanks to Rob Stone and Joe Moore for assistance on this page.

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