Readin' And Writin'
film no. 111
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 4
(VHS) from Cabin Fever and
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume
One (4 LD set) from Cabin Fever
- Released July 6, 1994. Also released as part of 12 VHS boxed set. This is a complete original print with
excellent picture quality. The total footage lasts 20:47. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs. There are
also three clips included in the opening advertisement of all the Cabin Fever VHS releases. The 1st lasts 0:02, and
shows Miss Crabtree with Pete. The 2nd lasts 0:02, and shows Stymie greeting Miss Crabtree. The 3rd lasts 0:03,
and shows Brisbane saying goodbye to Miss Crabtree. There's also a clip lasting 0:01 included in the opening
montage of all the Cabin Fever releases, which shows Pete's eyes bulging out.
- The Little Rascals Volume 4: Collector's
Edition (VHS) from
Hallmark Home Entertainment
- Released Aug. 15, 2000. Also included as part of
The Little Rascals Volumes 1-5: Collector's
Edition (5 VHS set) and
The Little Rascals Volumes 1-10: Collector's
Edition (10 VHS set), both released Aug. 15, 2000.
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 3 &
Vol. 4 (DVD) from Cabin Fever
- Same contents as the Cabin Fever VHS releases. Also released as part of
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited (6 DVD
- The Little Rascals
(DVD) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
- Released Aug. 19, 2003. This is a copy of the Cabin Fever version.
- The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection
(8 DVD set) from Genius Products
- Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever release.
- Little Rascals: Readin' And Writin' & Bored
Of Education from Cabin Fever
- Canadian release.
- The Little Rascals: Readin' And
Writin'/Mail And Female (VHS) from
Republic Pictures Home Video
- Released May 1991. 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 very good. The original footage totals 20:17, but the
original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:22.
- The Little Rascals Book V (VHS) from
- This is a home movie print from Blackhawk.
- Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from
Embassy Home Entertainment
- Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 0:02 is included, showing Pete's
eyes popping out, with music and narration added. Another clip lasting 1:10 is included, showing Wheezer and Brisbane
being sent off to school, with music and narration added.
Filmed September 30 to October 10, 1931. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted December 17, 1931, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP2702. Renewed
March 5, 1959, with registration no. R232199. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2026.
Released January 2, 1932. It was the 111th film in the series to be released. This release date is according to Richard
Lewis Ward's A History Of The Hal Roach Studios, which makes it a Saturday release, as per normal for Roach
films of this era. Maltin & Bann list it as a February 2, 1932 release.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Readin' And
King World Productions episode no. 8, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions. This
version is listed as "Readin' & Writin'."
- Produced by Robert F. McGowan for
- This is the way Maltin & Bann put it. The film credits Roach as a presenter, with a separate credit
reading "A Robert McGowan Production."
- Directed by Robert F. McGowan
- This credit appears in the film, but without his middle initial.
- Photographed by Art Lloyd
- This credit appears in the film.
- Edited by Richard Currier
- This credit appears in the film.
- Dialogue by H. M. Walker
- This credit appears in the film.
- Recording Engineer: Elmer Raguse
- Not listed by Maltin & Bann. This credit appears in the film.
- Animal Trainer: Harry Lucenay
- He was Pete's owner and trainer.
- Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
- Indicated in the opening title card.
- Passed by the National Board of Review
- As indicated in the film.
- Western Electric System
- As indicated in the film.
- studio personnel
- possible uncredited involvement
- assistant direction - Possibly Don Sandstrom.
- writing - Robert F. McGowan probably headed story
development, while Robert A. McGowan, Carl Harbaugh, Frank Terry, Billy Gilbert and Charlie
Hall 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.
- titles - Louis McManus probably designed the main titles.
- animal training - Tony Campanaro may have been
among the animal trainers.
- animation - Probably the work of
- Kendall "Breezy Brisbane" McComas as "Brisbane"
- Lead role. He disrupts the class to get himself expelled. He's called "Brisbane" in the
dialogue, but the cutting continuity otherwise refers to him as "Breezy." This was his series
- Matthew "Stymie" Beard
- Featured role. The nickname wasn't used in this film, but appears in the cutting continuity. He's
paired up with Wheezer and takes care of his little sister. He refers to himself as "Puddin' Tane," though
the continuity spells it "Puddin' Tame."
- Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins
- Featured role. The nickname isn't used in this film, but appears in the cutting continuity. He's
paired up with Stymie, and has to keep Pete out of the classroom. He refers to himself as "John
- Sherwood Bailey as "Sherwood"
- Supporting role. He recites a sappy poem for the teacher.
- Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba as "Dorothy Betty Jane DeBorba"
- Supporting role. She and Miss Crabtree each think the other is hard of hearing. The cutting continuity
lists her full name as "Dorothy, Betty Jane DeBorba." Presumably, the comma is the result of the pause in the
- Donald Haines as "Donald"
- Small part. He has to repeatedly go outside to see about the car horn.
- Carlena Beard as "Marmalade"
- Small part. She's seen at the beginning of the film, mostly giving the raspberries, and then at the
end bringing the skunk into the class.
- Patsy Britten as "Patsy"
- Bit part. She confuses 'alligator' with 'escalator.'
- girl 111a as "Bobby"
- Bit part. She doesn't think Miss Crabtree could lay an egg. The spelling of the character name
derives from the cutting continuity, where it's also indicated that this kid was a boy.
- girl 111b
- Bit part. This is the girl that defines the word 'acre.'
- boy 111a
- Bit part. This is the tall blonde boy that Wheezer apologizes to.
- boy 111b
- Bit part. This is the little blonde boy that sits directly to the left of Stymie in
- other kids
- Bit parts and extras.
(1.) The girl that plays "Pansy," whose father is in prison.
(2.) 12 additional kids in the classroom.
- Pete the Pup III as "Pete" aka "Petey"
- Supporting role. He follows Wheezer to school and perches himself on the teacher's
- mule 111
- Small part. Brisbane brings this mule into the classroom. Maltin & Bann list Dinah the Mule, but this
is clearly a new mule.
- skunk 014
- Bit part. Marmalade brings this skunk into the classroom. Presumably the same skunk as seen
- Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
- Can you spot the bug crawling on "Bobbie"?
- June Marlowe as "June Crabtree" aka "Miss Crabtree" aka
- Featured role. It's the first day of school, and she has the challenge of dealing with
- Otto Fries as the blacksmith
- Small part. He talks with Brisbane about a kid he knew that got expelled.
- May Wallace as Wheezer's mother
- Small part. She tells Wheezer to leave Pete at home.
- Lyle Tayo as Brisbane's mother
- Small part. She wants her son to be president.
- Harry Bernard as the fruit vendor
- Small part. He watches as Wheezer walks off with some free apples.
- "Fanfare" by Leroy Shield
- This is played over the MGM lion.
- "Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A1.) This is played over the opening titles, and continues as we're introduced to Miss Crabtree, Stymie and
Marmalade. It's played again, and mostly repeated as Brisbane sets up his pranks in the classroom and with the other
kids. One verse is repeated as Marmalade brings the skunk into the classroom.
- "Little Dancing Girl" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "Dancing Girl" and "Dancing Girls." This is
played and the middle part is partially repeated as we're introduced to Wheezer and Brisbane. It's played again as
Miss Crabtree quizzes the students and Brisbane decides to learn the poem. This is the version reproduced on the first
Beau Hunks CD.
- "Bride's Song" by Leroy Shield
- Most of this piece is played as Wheezer and Stymie are walking to school. Most of it is repeated as
Brisbane returns to class and recites.
- "Intermezzo" by Leroy Shield
- About half of this piece is played as Wheezer gives up on trying to teach Stymie math.
- "Candy Candy" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played as Brisbane visits the blacksmith. The introduction is played
as Sherwood recites the last verse of his poem.
- "Antics" by Leroy Shield
- A short part of this piece is played as the blacksmith gives Brisbane the idea to get
- "Hide And Go Seek" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. A short part of this piece is played as Pete tries to play baseball. Another
short part is played as Miss Crabtree chases the mule out of the classroom.
- "Riding Along" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played through, minus the introduction, and mostly repeated as
Brisbane teases Sherwood about his poem and plays with the car horn in class.
- "Dash And Dot" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted 1930. This is played during Dorothy's shouting match with Miss Crabtree.
- "The One I Love Best" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "All The World (To Me)." The first part of
this piece is played as Miss Crabtree tries to talk with Wheezer and Stymie.
- "In My Canoe" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Sherwood starts his poem and Brisbane is sent into the hall.
This is the version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.
- "Dog Song" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. Part of this is played as Pete jumps onto Miss Crabtree's
- piece 111
- This is a short effect piece played as Brisbane brings the mule into the classroom.
- "Look At Him Now" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted 1931. Half of this piece is played as Miss Crabtree expels Brisbane.
- "Beautiful Lady" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Brisbane happily leaves class and then realizes his
- piece 108
- This is played over the end title.
- Hal Roach Ranch
- District School No. 6 was located here. Also, the blacksmith shop seen in this film was located at the
ranch, and was right next to the school. It was later featured in "Roamin' Holiday" (no. 156). The
barn seen directly across from the blacksmith shop was previously featured in "It's A Bear" (no.
10 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Four and a half weeks had passed since shooting finished for
"Dogs Is Dogs" (no. 110). The studio was closed during one of those weeks. The 'start' date for
"Readin' And Writin'" arrived on Sep. 30th, and shooting continued until the 'finish' date of
Oct. 10th. No shooting took place on Oct. 4th, which was a Sunday. After this, three and a half weeks passed before the
Our Gang unit began filming "Free Eats" (no. 112). The studio was closed for one of those weeks.
Brisbane's club is called The Secret Order of the Winking Eye.
Reel two begins as Dorothy hands the note to Miss Crabtree.
©May 21, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 7/4, 7/9, 8/27, 8/30, 12/19.
2006 updates: 1/8, 2/11, 5/16, 10/25, 11/2.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/22, 11/16.
2008 updates: 3/26, 4/25, 7/6, 7/12, 7/24, 8/27, 11/6.
2009 updates: 6/9.
Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore, Paul Mular, and Piet Schreuders for assistance on this page.