Filmed October 30 to November 13, 1930. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted February 6, 1931, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP1956. Renewed
December 2, 1958, with registration no. R225695. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2026.
Released March 28, 1931. It was the 105th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Little
writing - Robert F. McGowan probably headed story
development, while Robert A. McGowan, Carl Harbaugh, Jean Yarbrough, Charlie Hall and Harry
Keaton may have been among the gag writers.
property department - Charles Oelze, Don
Sandstrom, Thomas Benton Roberts and Bob Saunders were probably involved in this capacity. Maltin &
Bann specifically credit Oelze for the mechanical contraptions.
titles - Louis McManus probably designed the main titles.
animal training - Tony Campanaro may have been
among the animal trainers.
Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie"
Featured role. It's time for him to be taken to the orphanage, but not if Farina can help it.
Featured role. He tries to find a way to keep Stymie from being taken to the orphanage.
Norman "Chubby" Chaney as "Chubby"
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting, except for his big scene singing "Asleep In The Deep."
Jackie Cooper as "Jackie" aka "Jack"
Supporting role. He seems to be the leader among the kids prior to the arrival of the orphan asylum agent.
Bobby "Bonedust" Young
Supporting role. The nickname wasn't used in this film. He takes a leadership role once the agent has
arrived. This was his final appearance in the series.
Shirley Jean Rickert
Small part. She does mostly ensemble acting, but has a brief moment playing miniature golf.
Small part. He does mostly ensemble acting, except for one line of dialogue.
Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
Small part. He's given only ensemble work to do in this film.
Small part. He's an ensemble player in this film.
Mary Ann Jackson
Small part. She's barely noticeable, doing only ensemble acting.
Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba
Small part. She's seen only in longshot and doesn't do anything specific.
dog 087b as "Brownie"
Small part. This is Stymie's dog, who helps him golf.
Pete the Pup III
Bit part. He's seen in longshot while the kids are playing golf.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
Myrtle as "Myrtle"
Bit part. This is the hen that lays the egg that slides down the trough.
Bit part. He's seen in Farina and Stymie's house, and is the cat on the right in the publicity
photo in Maltin & Bann's book.
Bit part. He's one of Farina and Stymie's dogs, and is the dog second to the right in the
publicity photo in Maltin & Bann's book.
Bit part. This is the dog to the far right under the kitchen table.
This dog doesn't seem to be in the film, but is shown in the publicity photo in Maltin &
Bann's book at the far right.
Not shown in the film, this tabby is nevertheless in the publicity photo in Maltin & Bann's book.
(1.) The little black dog seen under the kitchen table.
(2.) Another chicken in Farina and Stymie's house.
(3.) Six kittens belonging to Farina and Stymie.
Otto Fries as the orphan asylum agent
Supporting role. He comes to collect Stymie, but suffers the wrath of the gang. His full name is
mentioned in the cutting continuity.
George Reed as the parson
Small part. He's shown at the beginning of the film talking with Farina.
June Marlowe as "Miss Crabtree"
Small part. She's shown at the end of the film rescuing Stymie.
Charley Chase as Chubby's singing voice
Voice over. He provides Chubby with his singing voice. Roach figured this idea was probably Chase's,
who can also be heard singing this song, "Asleep In The Deep," in his own film, "Rough Seas."
The Etude Ethiopian Chorus
Small parts. Their singing is heard at the start of the film. Presumably, they're the parishioners
seen in the church. Looking at the film, there are at least 30 churchgoers including an organist. The chorus had 40
members, so this corroborates pretty well. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A2.) The second version is played over the opening titles. It's repeated as Stymie rides away on the spare
tire and the end title appears.
(A4.) The fourth version is played in part while the gang is playing miniature golf. This same version is played
in full as Farina comes out to talk to Jackie.
(B2.) The seldom-heard second half of this piece is played as the agent walks out the door with Stymie.
"Swing Low Sweet Chariot"
This is sung by the churchgoers at the beginning of the film. The Fisk University Jubilee Quartet had a
number seven hit with this song in 1910.
"Redemption" by J. S. Zamecnik
This is played briefly as Farina and Stymie first talk with the parson.
"I'm Alonging Fo' You" by Jane Harthaway
Also known as "I'm A-Longin' For You." Harthaway also known as Hathaway. This is
played during the majority of Farina and Stymie's talk with the parson. In their entry for this film, Maltin &
Bann seem to imply that Marvin Hatley was responsible for either these early pieces, or the soundtrack in general.
"Wishing" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Farina prays.
"Crabtree" by Leroy Shield
Also known as "Girl & Stick." This is played as Farina arrives home to start his story.
"Violetta" by Abe Olman
Arranged by R. Brewer. This is played as Farina tells Stymie about Noah.
"Me-Ow" by Mel B. Kaufman
Published in 1918 with lyrics by Harry D. Kerr. This is played as Farina gives milk to the kittens. This
is a different recording than the one used in earlier films.
"By Rote" by Leroy Shield
This is played as Stymie takes a shower.
"Riding Along" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played as Farina cooks breakfast. It's a faster version than the
one reproduced on the Beau Hunks CD.
"(The) Cops" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. Not to be confused with "Cops," which opened many of the Laurel
& Hardy shorts. This is played briefly while Jackie and Donald are waiting for Chubby.
"Asleep In The Deep" by Arthur J. Lamb and Henry W. Petrie
Published in 1897. This is sung by Charley Chase, but lip-synched by Chubby.
"The One I Love Best" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "All The World (To Me)." The first half of
this tune is played while Farina and Stymie are at the breakfast table.
"Here Are The Pets" by Leroy Shield
The first half of this piece is played as Stymie plays miniature golf. The same portion is played as
Stymie eats all the food.
"Candy Candy" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. The first part of this is played while Farina sends Stymie out to find the
gang. The very beginning is repeated as the gang walks in to find all the food eaten.
"Yearning" by Leroy Shield
This is played as Stymie tells Farina that the gang isn't outside. It's repeated twice more as
Miss Crabtree arrives. This piece shouldn't be confused with the more commonly-heard "Yearning" from the
Beau Hunks CD.
This effect piece is played as the agent arrives at the door. This may be part of the "Miser"
family of compositions.
This effect piece is played as Farina and Stymie start fighting with the agent. This may also be part of
the "Miser" family of compositions.
"Confusion" by Leroy Shield
This is played as the gang starts fighting with the agent.
"Hide And Go Seek" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played and partially repeated as Farina hides Stymie and the kids roll
tires at the agent.
Hal Roach Ranch
Much of the footage was shot here. The church, for instance, was located at the ranch, and the barn from
"It's A Bear" (no. 27) can be seen in the background of certain shots. Also shown in these shots is
the picket fence usually placed in front of the schoolhouse, but placed out of the way for this film.
13 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Five and a half weeks after the last day of shooting for
"Love Business" (no. 104), the 'start' date arrived for "Little Daddy" on Oct. 30th.
Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Nov. 13th. No shooting took place on Nov. 2nd or 9th, which were
both Sundays. After this, over four weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began filming "Bargain Day" (no.
A memo by studio employee Annette Forant describes the Etude Ethiopian Chorus as a 'famous colored singing
organization of forty mixed voices,' and that they were recently in a Laurel & Hardy comedy. It goes on to say
that shooting for the next Our Gang film would start 'next Thursday' after several weeks vacation due to the fact
that they were two comedies ahead of schedule. The 'start' date of October 30th, incidentally, was indeed a
Thursday. This memo also identifies Myrtle the hen.
This film was removed from King World's TV package in the early 70s.
In the category of unseen characters, Farina makes a reference to "Miss Duckwaddy."
This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening title and crew credits are remade, but the end
title is original. The picture quality is good. The original footage totals 20:33, but the original soundtrack lasts
an additional 0:23.
My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page: Rob Stone (for providing the production number and shooting dates) Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information) Piet Schreuders (for identifying "Redemption," "I'm Alonging Fo' You,"
"Violetta" and "The Cops") Paul Mular (for providing info on the Cabin Fever laserdiscs)