Release no. C-622.
Filmed July 30 to August 4, 1932. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Title sheet prepared by Richard Currier on September 12, 1932.
Cutting continuity submitted September 22, 1932.
Copyrighted October 24, 1932, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP3355. Renewed
February 17, 1960, with registration no. R252330. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2027.
According to Maltin & Bann, this film was released on November 12, 1932, making it the 118th film in the series to
be released. However, when we take the cutting continuity date for "Free Wheeling" (no. 117) into
account, it appears that perhaps the two films were switched on the release schedule, and that "Birthday Blues"
was released in October. This might explain why Rob Stone lists this film was production G-10 and "Free
Wheeling" as production G-11. Re-released in Denmark on Sep. 4, 1967.
Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Birthday Blues".'
King World Productions episode no. 12, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.
- 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.
- Recording Engineer: James Greene
- This credit appears in the film.
- Animal trainer: Tony Campanaro
- He trained the current Pete.
- 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
- general manager - Henry Ginsberg
- assistant general manager - L. A. French
- secretary-treasurer - C. H. Roach
- assistant secretary - Mat O'Brien
- sound department - Elmer Raguse
- construction supervisor - C. E. Christensen
- laboratory superintendent - Charles Levin
- optical effects supervisor - Roy Seawright
- still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves
- transportation director - Bob Davis
- school teacher - Fern Carter
- possible uncredited involvement
- assistant direction - Probably Don Sandstrom.
- writing - Robert F. McGowan probably headed story
development, while Carl Harbaugh, Frank Terry, Charlie Hall, Robert A. McGowan and Gordon
Douglas 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.
- animation - Probably the work of Roy Seawright.
- Dickie Moore as "Dickie" aka "Dick"
- Lead role. He decides to raise money to buy his mother a birthday present.
- Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie"
- Featured role. He helps Dickie to bake the cake and serves it to the kids.
- George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
- Featured role. He provides much of the comedy, both at home and while window shopping.
- Bobbie "Cotton" Beard as "Cotton"
- Small part. Stymie pulls him around with a rope. He's also present at the party. Studio publicity
referred to him as "Baby Cotton."
- Jacquie Lyn
- Small part. She helps Spanky put extra prizes in the cake. Her names doesn't turn up in the dialogue,
but the cutting continuity refers to her as "Jacquie." Studio publicity referred to her as "Baby
- Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba as "Dorothy"
- Small part. She decorates the dining room.
- Kendall "Breezy Brisbane" McComas
- Small part. The nickname doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity refers to him as
"Breezy." He puts up the signs advertising the party and is seated at the table, but is barely noticeable. This
was his final appearance in the series.
- Donald Haines
- Small part. He gets a mousetrap on his lip and starts the food fight.
- Bobby Mallon
- Small part. He takes the mousetrap off of Donald's lip, and then squirts some sort of liquid out of his mouth.
- Dickie Jackson
- Small part. He eats soap and blows bubbles.
- Edith Fellows
- Small part. She pulls string out of her mouth.
- Betty Jane Beard
- Small part. A fake snake pops out of her piece of cake. Identified by Maltin & Bann as her sister, Carlena.
- Georgie Billings
- Small part. Some sort of powder is coming out of his mouth.
- Douglas Greer
- Small part. He's the first to get squirted by Bobby Mallon.
- Marcia Mae Jones
- Small part. She gets a whistle.
- boy 111a
- Small part. He's the little blonde boy sitting to the left of Edith.
- boy 111b
- Small part. He's sitting to the left of the hairbrush boy.
- Mildred Kornman
- Small part. According to Maltin & Bann. Judging by a publicity photo from this film, my guess is that
she's the girl on the left side of the table closest to the camera.
- other kids
- Small parts, bit parts and extras.
- (1.) The boy who gets the hairbrush.
- (2.) The girl who gets the dolly.
- (3.) Two additional girls, one of whom is shown in a publicity photo but not in the film.
- (4.) An unclear number of boys on the right side of the table, which seems to depend on the actual camera shot. I
think at least six are unidentified, including the one next to the fireplace. Maltin & Bann also list Jackie
Williams, but I don't know which kid this is.
- Pete the Pup IV
- Small part. He's seen taking sausages from Dickie until Spanky takes his place.
- Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film (but was cut from the Cabin Fever print).
- Lillian Rich as "Lillian," the boys' mom
- Supporting role. She's unhappy that her husband is ignoring her birthday.
- Hooper Atchley as "John," the boys' dad
- Supporting role. He's insensitive to his wife until Dickie makes him see the light.
- Harry Bernard as the store proprietor
- Bit part. He's shown briefly speaking to Dickie.
- Gordon Douglas as the delivery boy
- Bit part. He waits while Dickie's mother goes to get some money to pay for the dress.
- Charles McMurphy as the cop
- Cut from the final print.
- other adults
- Bit part. The only remaining adult is the black man that buys the junk from Dickie.
- "Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
- (A1.) Part of this piece is played over the opening titles. It's played in full as the cake is taken out of
the oven and Stymie brings it to the table.
- "Teeter-Totter" by Leroy Shield
- Part of this piece is played as Spanky complains about mush and Dickie complains about sausages. It's
played in full and partially repeated as Spanky pretends to be Pete. It's repeated again as the little kids are
putting prizes in the batter.
- "Little Dancing Girl" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "Dancing Girl" and "Dancing Girls." Part of
this piece is played as Dickie feeds sausages to Pete. It's played in full as Stymie is sitting on the stove. It's
played again as Stymie starts cutting the cake. This is the version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.
- "Intermezzo" by Leroy Shield
- Most of this piece is played as the dress arrives.
- "Prelude" by Leroy Shield
- The first half of this piece is played as Dickie comforts his mother. The rest of it is played as Dickie
gets punished and his mother opens the present.
- "In My Canoe" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. The first half of this piece is played as Dickie and Spanky spot the dress in
the store window. Some of the ending part is played as Stymie comes up with the idea for the prize cake, and Brisbane
finishes hanging the signs. This is the version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.
- "Blue Blue" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Most of this piece is played as Stymie tries to borrow money.
- "Beautiful Lady" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. One verse of this piece is played as we see various kids following the recipe
literally. Most of it is played as the kids find their prizes in the cake.
- "Bells" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Most of this piece is played as Dickie puts prizes in the batter and Brisbane
calls Dickie and Stymie away from the kitchen. One verse is repeated as Dickie and Stymie put the cake in the oven.
- "Here We Go" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted 1930. The very beginning of this piece is played as Stymie lights the stove.
- "Sliding" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. Also known as "Swells." Part of this piece is played as the cake is
cooking. Part of it is played again during the food fight.
- piece 118
- This is the piece with the church bells that's played as Dickie's mother wears the dress to church.
- piece 108
- This is played over the end title.
- St. Brendan's Church, Los Angeles
- This is at the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Third Street, and is seen at the end of the film.
- Van Ness Avenue
- The family walks down this street on their way to the church.
- Hal E. Roach Studios
- The scenes with Dickie and Stymie on the curb appear to be shot on the New York set on the Roach backlot.
6 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Three days after shooting finished for "Free Wheeling"
(no. 117), the 'start' date for "Birthday Blues" arrived on July 30th. Shooting continued until
the 'finish' date of Aug. 4th. After this, four weeks passed (with the studio closed during three of them)
before the Our Gang unit shot retakes for "Free Wheeling" and began shooting "A Lad An' A Lamp"
A story version of "Birthday Blues" appeared in the book Our Gang Annual in 1933.
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B349.
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 10
(VHS) from Cabin Fever and
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume
Two (4 LD set) from Cabin Fever
- Released July 6, 1994. Also released as part of 12 VHS boxed set. This is an original print with
excellent picture quality. The MGM lion is missing. The total footage lasts 19:09. This version has appeared on
- The Little Rascals Volume 10: Collector's
Edition (VHS) from
Hallmark Home Entertainment
- Released Aug. 15, 2000. Also included as part of
The Little Rascals Volumes 1-10: Collector's
Edition (10 VHS set), released Aug. 15, 2000.
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 9 &
Vol. 10 (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 - The Complete Collection
(8 DVD set) from Genius Products
- Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version.
- Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from
Embassy Home Entertainment
- Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 0:09 is included, showing the oven
going crazy. Another clip lasting 0:13 is included, showing Spanky complaining about mush. Both clips have music and