Forgotten Babies

film no. 121


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 18 (VHS) from Cabin Fever and
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume Four (3 LD set) from Cabin Fever
Released 1995. This is a complete original print with excellent picture quality. The total footage lasts 16:44. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.

The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version.

The Little Rascals Comedy Classics Vol. 1 (VHS) from NTA Home Entertainment
Released Apr. 1991. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening title is remade, but the crew credits and end title are original. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 16:27, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:08.

The Little Rascals Book II (VHS) from Blackhawk Video
This is the Blackhawk print.


technical details:

Production G-14.

Filmed December 3 to 10, 1932. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Released March 11, 1933. It was the 121st film in the series to be released.

Copyrighted March 13, 1933, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP3716. Renewed October 13, 1960, with registration no. R264099. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2028.

All-talking two-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Forgotten Babies".'

King World Productions episode no. 36, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.


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, 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 Jack Ogilvie
This credit appears in the film. The synopsis for this film credits the recently departed Richard Currier.

Recording Engineer: James Greene
Not listed by Maltin & Bann. 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
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Lead role. He's given the task of caring for eight toddlers and babies while the gang goes swimming.


the big kids
Dickie Moore
Small part. He convinces Spanky to take care of the babies. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity introduces him by his full name.

Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie"
Small part. He keeps Cotton on a fishing line. He has a good amount of dialogue in the opening scene.

Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins
Small part. The nickname doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but is indicated in the cutting continuity. He has a couple of lines of dialogue.

Johnny Collum as "Uh-huh"
Small part. He's shown with the older kids, but only has one line of dialogue.

Tommy Bond
Small part. He's given a closeup, but no dialogue.

Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba
Small part. Her name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but is indicated in the cutting continuity. She's purely an ensemble player in this film.

Dickie Jackson
Small part. He only does ensemble acting in this film.

David Holt
Small part. According to Maltin & Bann. I'm assuming that they mean the boy with the Dutch-boy haircut among the older kids, since this is the only kid left that would fit David Holt's age range. He's purely an ensemble player.


the toddlers and babies
Bobbie "Cotton" Beard as "Cotton"
Supporting role. He plays with the vacuum cleaner and rides on the turntable, among other things.

Tommy "Dynamite" McFarland
Supporting role. He collapses the bed and fills the bathtub, among other things.

other toddlers and babies
Supporting roles. Most notable among the remaining toddlers is the boy who repeatedly says 'Remarkable!' It should be noted that the cutting continuity refers to him variously as "boy" and "baby," so his identity remains a mystery. Also notable is the boy that keeps climbing up the stairs, who is also seen in the Charley Chase short "Nature In The Wrong." There's also the girl that falls from the chair in the kitchen, the baby that keeps blinking, the baby with the hiccups, and one remaining baby. Maltin & Bann identify three of these kids as Dickie Hutchins, Murlin Powers and Duke Sexton, but I don't yet know which is which.


the animals:

Pete the Pup IV
Supporting role. He's present during the babysitting sequence, but isn't given that much to do.

Leo
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.

other animals
Small parts. The two goldfish are real while they're in the bowl, but fake when Spanky tries to catch them.


the adults:

Estelle Ettere as "Miss Ettere," and as the voice of "Mary Dangerfield"
Small part. Listed in the 1977 edition as Belle Hare. As "Miss Ettere," she's the telephone operator who traces the call. She's also "Mary Dangerfield," the character in the radio program who's being murdered.

Billy Gilbert as the radio announcer for station NIX, and as the voice of "Dr. Nemo"
Small part. He's heard but not seen, playing the part of two radio voices.

Harry Bernard as one of the cops
Small part. He's the cop that does the talking.

Dick Gilbert as one of the cops
Small part. He accompanies the other cop.

woman 121 as one of the telephone operators
Small part. This is the operator seated on the left. Maltin & Bann apparently meant their listing of Ruth Hiatt for her, but I don't think this is a match.

other adults
Small part and bit part.
(1.) The one remaining telephone operator, seated on the right. Maltin & list Madeline McGowan but I don't yet know what she looks like, nor can I be positive that they mean this particular woman.
(2.) The only adult left is whoever dubbed in the baby's hiccups.


the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A1.) This is played over the opening titles and as we're introduced to the kids. The last half-verse is repeated as we see Cotton in a cage and the end title appears.

"Candy Candy" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played as the kids talk about baby brothers and storks. The first half is played again at a slower tempo, with a short bit repeated, as the older kids return to the house.

"Beautiful Lady" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. The first half of this piece is played as the kids ponder leaving the babies on their own. The first part is repeated as Spanky retrieves the baby from the stairs and the toddlers start to get into things. The same portion is repeated again as Cotton plays with the vacuum cleaner and the little girl gives limburger to Pete.

"Little Dancing Girl" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "Dancing Girl" and "Dancing Girls." Most of this piece is played as the older kids convince Spanky to take care of the babies. It's played in its entirety as Spanky gets the goldfish out of his pants and carries the pillow up the stairs. This is the version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.

"Teeter-Totter" by Leroy Shield
This piece is played, with the first verse and middle part repeated, as Spanky begins to tell the babies about Tarzan. It's played again as Spanky tries to catch the goldfish.

"In My Canoe" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Spanky describes various animals in the jungle. This is the version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.

"Bride's Song" by Leroy Shield
This is played as Spanky finishes his story.

"Intermezzo" by Leroy Shield
This is played as Spanky glues the baby to the floor and the toddlers start throwing things and knocking things down.

"Look At Him Now" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted 1931. This is played as Cotton rides on the turntable and Tommy collapses the bed.

"Bells" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as the telephone operators are overhearing the radio broadcast.

"Sliding" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. Also known as "Swells." Part of this piece is played as the cops arrive at the house.


the locations:

Hal E. Roach Studios
Footage was shot on stage #2 (Spanky's house) from Dec. 3rd to 7th, and 9th and 10th.

Motor Avenue
Footage was shot here on Dec. 8th.

Ballona Creek, Culver City
In his interview with Buddy McDonald, Richard Bann revealed that this location was used for this film, no doubt for the opening scenes.


miscellaneous:

7 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Six weeks had passed since shooting finished for "Fish Hooky" (no. 120). The studio was closed during one of those weeks. Shooting for "Forgotten Babies" started on Dec. 3rd and continued until Dec. 10th. No shooting took place on Dec. 4th, which was a Sunday.

The radio program is called "The Thirteenth Murder." Maltin & Bann call it "The Thirteenth Hour."

Reel one ends the first time Spanky retrieves the baby from the staircase.


©May 31, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 6/17, 7/4, 7/9, 8/30, 12/19.
2006 updates: 2/11, 5/16, 7/5, 10/25, 11/2.
2007 updates: 2/5, 4/1, 10/22.
2008 updates: 4/25, 4/26, 7/6, 7/12, 7/24, 11/6.
2009 updates: 5/9, 7/23.


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


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