For Pete's Sake!

film no. 127


availability:

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 a complete original print with excellent picture quality. The total footage lasts 17:50. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs. There's also a clip lasting 0:01 included in the opening montage of all the Cabin Fever releases, which shows Pete pulling Spanky and Scotty down the sidewalk.

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 set).

The Little Rascals (DVD) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
Released Aug. 19, 2003. This is a copy of the Cabin Fever version.

For Pete's Sake (VHS) from Cabin Fever
Released Aug. 27, 1997.

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 Book XV (VHS) from Blackhawk Video
This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening titles are remade, but the crew credits and end titles are original. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 17:30, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:11.

Adventures Of The Little Rascals (VHS) from Republic Pictures Home Video
Superstars Of Our Gang (DVD) from Genius Entertainment
Released Mar. 27, 2007. Also included as part of The Little Rascals In Color! (3 DVD set). This is a print from Interstate Television Corporation entitled "For Pete's Sake," included both as a colorized print, and in the original black-and-white. The original footage totals 17:30, while the original soundtrack totals 17:41. The picture quality is very good.

Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. Four clips from this film are included, all with music and narration added. The first lasts 0:06, while the second lasts 0:02, each showing Spanky with his pants down. The third clip lasts 1:32, and shows the kids looking at the doll in the shop window. The fourth lasts 0:06, and shows Fred Holmes getting hit in the head with apples.

Jackie Remembers Our Gang - Memories From Little Rascals Family Theater (VHS/DVD) from Jackie Taylor
Five clips from this film are included. The first lasts 0:05, and shows the kids on the steps. The second lasts 2:23, and shows the beginning of the film. The third lasts 0:14, and shows Leonard trying to pull Pete over the counter, and is overdubbed with narration. The fourth lasts 0:19, and shows Wagner and Kibrick, with narration added. The fifth lasts 0:02, and shows Spanky with his pants down.

Jackie Remembers Our Gang - The Silent Era (VHS/DVD) from Jackie Taylor
A clip lasting 0:05 is included, showing the kids on the steps.


technical details:

Production G-20.

Filmed probably around the late winter of 1934.

Copyrighted April 4, 1934, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP4616. Renewed August 29, 1961, with registration no. R281001. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2029.

Released April 14, 1934. It was the 127th film in the series to be released.

All-talking two-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "For Pete's Sake!".'

King World Productions episode no. 23, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions. This version is listed without the exclamation point.


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Credited in the film as a presenter.

Directed by Gus Meins
This credit appears in the film.

Photography: Francis Corby
This credit appears in the film.

Film Editor: Ray Snyder
This credit appears in the film.

Recording Engineer: Harry Baker
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.

NRA
The National Recovery Administration emblem is shown in both the opening and end titles.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

Wally Albright as "Wally"
Featured role. The cutting continuity introduces him by his full name. He's the leader of the gang and does most of the thinking and talking.

George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Featured role. He and Scotty sit on the sidelines and comment on the older kids when they're not ruining shag rugs. This was the first film in which he wore his customary beanie.

Scotty Beckett
Featured role. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity introduces him by his full name. He accompanies Spanky throughout the film as the two provide most of the comedy.

Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie"
Featured role. He's basically second-in-command in the gang, but is constantly sidetracked by his little sister.

Leonard Kibrick as "Leonard"
Supporting role. The cutting continuity introduces him by his full name. He's the bully that destroys the doll, and is also the son of the toy store owner. This was his series debut.

Carlena Beard
Supporting role. Maltin & Bann indicate that she played "Buckwheat" in this film, but the name never turns up in the dialogue. The cutting continuity refers to her as "Carolina Beard." Stymie repeatedly finds her hanging from various things.

Tommy Bond
Supporting role. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity introduces him by his full name. He's present throughout the film, but is given just a small amount of dialogue.

Marianne Edwards as "Marianne"
Small part. The cutting continuity introduces her as "Marion Edwards." She's the sick girl in need of a new doll. This was her series debut.

Jacqueline Taylor
Small part. Her name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity introduces her as "Jackie Taylor." She's the older girl taking care of Marianne.

Philbrook Lyons
Small part. The cutting continuity refers to him simply as 'kid.' He's present throughout most of the film, but isn't given too much to do.

Billie Thomas
Small part. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity introduces him as "William Thomas." He's given a couple of closeups, but otherwise is an ensemble player. This was his series debut.

Barbara Goodrich
Small part. She's the small brown-haired 'boy' resembling Donald Proffitt. Her role in this film is verified by both a 1935 casting directory and the snipe on the back of a contemporary publicity photo. She's entirely an ensemble player in this film.

Edmund Corthell
Small part. This is the fat boy that accompanies the gang throughout most of the film as an ensemble player. Maltin & Bann list him as Marvin "Bubbles" Trin, but this is an error.

other kids
Small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) The blonde boy in the beanie shown in the opening sequence, but not in the remainder of the film.
(2.) A boy shown in the foreground as Pete pulls Spanky and Scotty back to the store.


the animals:

Pete the Pup IV as "Pete"
Featured role. He's the subject of the film, being traded in for a doll, but ultimately saving the day.

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

other animals
Bit part. A black cat is chased by Pete, who pulls the lawn mower over the shag rug.


the adults:

William Wagner as the storekeeper
Supporting role. He's willing to trade the doll for Pete, but demands the doll back after a vase is broken.

Fred Holmes as "Fred"
Supporting role. He takes a nap while the boys ruin his rug.

Lyle Tayo as Fred's wife
Small part. She goes shopping and orders her husband to work in the yard.

other adults
Bit parts and extras.
(1.) The man working on the ladder.
(2.) Leonard's mother, who's heard but not seen.
(3.) The man working under his car.
(4.) Several other pedestrians seen in the background of various shots and getting startled by Pete, Spanky and Scotty.


the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A14.) This is played twice through during the opening titles and as Wally unsuccessfully tries to put sawdust in the doll. Half of it is repeated as Marianne receives her new doll and the end title appears.

"Teeter-Totter" by Leroy Shield
The first half of this piece is played as Wally fixes the doll.

"Wishing" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played, minus the introduction, about two and a half times as Leonard lassos the doll and the boys promise to get a new one.

"In My Canoe" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played and partially repeated as the boys look at the doll in the window. This version is similar to the one reproduced on the second Beau Hunks CD, but taken at a much slower tempo.

"The Moon And You" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as the boys arrive at the house and offer to do some work.

"Crabtree" by Leroy Shield
Also known as "Girl & Stick." A short bit of this piece is played as Stymie ties Carlena to the tree.

"Little Dancing Girl" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "Dancing Girl" and "Dancing Girls." This is played twice as Spanky and Scotty mow the lawn and ruin the rug.

"All Together" by Leroy Shield
Also known as "Tune." This is played twice as the boys glue the rug and get chased off.

"You Are The One I Love" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as the kids trade in Pete for the doll, but lose the doll after breaking a vase.

"If It Were Only True" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Most of this piece is played as the gang gets back Pete as well as the doll.

"Fliver Flops" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Pete pulls Spanky and Scotty back to the store.

"Here Are The Pets" by Leroy Shield
The first half of this piece is played twice as Pete pulls Spanky and Scotty back to the house.


the locations:

Hal E. Roach Studios
The New York street set was used for most of the exteriors.


miscellaneous:

The working title for this film was "Doll Diggers Of 1934."

It's worth noting that Pete is destroying a Mickey Mouse doll while he's on his rampage at the toy store. Also, Leonard is holding a Mickey Mouse doll as he's hanging from the shelves.

Reel two starts as Wally beats the rug and Spanky and Scotty emerge from it.

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


©June 20, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 7/4, 7/9, 8/27, 8/30, 12/19.
2006 updates: 1/8, 2/11, 4/3, 5/16, 10/25, 11/2.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/22, 11/9.
2008 updates: 2/26, 4/26, 7/12, 7/24, 9/22, 11/6, 12/16.
2009 updates: 7/23.


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


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