Title sheet prepared by William Terhune on August 24, 1933.
According to Maltin & Bann, this film was released on September 9, 1933, making it the 124th film in the series to
be released, and the first of the 1933/34 season. However, the date for the cutting continuity doesn't jibe well with
this. It's more likely that it was released closer to the copyright date.
Cutting continuity submitted September 14, 1933.
Copyrighted September 26, 1933, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP14188. Renewed
October 13, 1960, with registration no. R264114. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2028.
Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Bedtime Worries".'
King World Productions episode no. 21, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.
writing - Robert F. McGowan probably headed story
development, while Carl Harbaugh, Frank Terry, Billy Gilbert,
James Parrott, Charlie Hall, Robert
McKenzie, 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.
sound engineering - Credits were in a transition between James Greene and Harry Baker during this period.
titles - Louis McManus probably designed the main titles.
George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Lead role. It's his first night in his own room, and a burglar comes to visit. At one point, his dad
calls him "Sonny," which was his name around the studio.
Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie"
Supporting role. He's the leader of the gang, and is shown briefly near the beginning of the film,
and then for a longer time at the end.
Small part. He's the only other gang member with dialogue.
Small part. He's present with the other older kids, but does only ensemble acting.
Small part. He's with the older kids in all of their scenes, but doesn't do anything specific.
The person who prepared the cutting continuity thought this was Wheezer.
Bit part. The only other kid in the film is the one heard on the radio, which very well might be an adult.
Pete the Pup IV as "Pete"
Supporting role. The gang tries to get Spanky to take him, and later bring him to the house, where they
sick him on the burglar.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
Emerson Treacy as "Emerson Treacy," Spanky's dad
Lead role. He's given onscreen credit in this film. He suffers through Spanky's wisecracks and
his wife's dimwittedness.
Gay Seabrook as Spanky's mom
Lead role. She's given onscreen credit in this film. She's reluctant to let Spanky sleep in his
own room. Maltin & Bann indicate that the name Gay was used, but it wasn't.
Harry Bernard as the burglar
Supporting role. He pretends to be Santy Claus while he robs the house.
Lee Phelps as the cop
Bit part. He arrests the burglar.
Frank Terry as one of the radio voices
Bit part. According to Maltin & Bann. Presumably, he's the voice in the advertisement dealing
with bad breath.
Billy Bletcher as one of the radio voices
Bit part. According to Maltin & Bann, and they're probably right if they mean the father in the
David Sharpe doubling for Gay Seabrook
Bit part. He's shown as Spanky's mom when she gets her robe caught on the bedpost. He probably
also does stunts during the fight scene.
Bit part. I'm guessing that the sound of the whining dog is probably a human.
"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A1.) The second verse of this version is played over the opening titles and as Spanky listens to the radio.
(A4.) This version is played over the end title.
"Little Dancing Girl" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "Dancing Girl" and "Dancing Girls." This is
played twice in a row from the time Spanky's mom tunes it in on the radio until his dad gets home. This is the version
reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.
"You Are The One I Love" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Emerson announces his promotion.
"Give Us A Hand" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Aug. 4, 1931. This is played as Spanky's mom tries to explain to him what a shipping clerk is.
"Bells" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played and half-repeated as Spanky talks to his dad in the
bathroom and dinner starts.
"Look At Him Now" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted 1931. The first half of this piece is played as Emerson gives up on trying to carve the chicken.
The letter announcing Treacy's promotion is signed by J. W. Burns, who was the manager of the studio's
In the category of unseen characters, Emerson's boss at work is named "Harger" (if I'm hearing it
A story version of this film appeared in the book Our Gang in 1934.
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B339.
This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. It was also included as part of a 6 VHS boxed set. The opening
titles are remade, but the special title crediting Treacy and Seabrook, the crew credits and the end title are original.
The picture quality is good. The original footage totals 19:47, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional
My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page: Rob Stone (for providing the production number) Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information) Paul Mular (for providing info on the Cabin Fever laserdiscs)