Bedtime Worries

film no. 124


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 14 (VHS) from Cabin Fever and
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume Three (4 LD set) from Cabin Fever
Released 1995. This is a complete original print with excellent picture quality. The total footage lasts 20:05. 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 Two Reelers Vol. 2 (VHS) from Spotlite Video
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 0:09.

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

The Our Gang Story (VHS/DVD) from GoodTimes Home Video
VHS released 1994. DVD released May 21, 2002. Also included as part of Our Gang Collector Series 4 Pack (4 DVD set), released Mar. 21, 2001, Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack (5 VHS/DVD set), released Feb. 2002 (VHS) and Mar. 2004 (DVD), and The Best Of Our Gang Volume 1 (2 DVD set) released June 1, 2004. A clip lasting 1:22 is included, showing Spanky in bed, with narration added.


technical details:

Production G-17.

Filmed probably around early summer 1933.

Released on September 9, 1933, making it the 124th film in the series to be released, and the first of the 1933/34 season.

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.

All-talking two-reeler.

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.


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.

Photography: Hap Depew
This credit appears in the film.

Film Editor: William Terhune
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. 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.

Jerry Tucker
Small part. He's the only other gang member with dialogue.

Tommy Bond
Small part. He's present with the other older kids, but does only ensemble acting.

Georgie Billings
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.

other kids
Bit part. The only other kid in the film is the one heard on the radio, which very well might be an adult.


the animals:

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.

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


the adults:

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 radio program.

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.

other adults
Bit part. I'm guessing that the sound of the whining dog is probably a human.


the music:

"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.


miscellaneous:

The letter announcing Treacy's promotion is signed by J. W. Burns, who was the manager of the studio's transportation department.

In the category of unseen characters, Emerson's boss at work is named "Harger" (if I'm hearing it right).

A story version of this film appeared in the book Our Gang in 1934.


©June 3, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 7/4, 7/9, 7/28, 8/30, 12/19.
2006 updates: 1/3, 1/16, 2/11, 5/16, 7/19, 10/25, 11/2.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/22.
2008 updates: 4/26, 7/12, 7/24, 11/6.
2009 updates: 7/23.


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


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