Anniversary Trouble

film no. 134


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 21 (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 end title looks like it was probably cropped to omit the NRA logo. The total footage lasts 18:58. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs. There's also a clip lasting 0:04 included in the opening advertisement of all the Cabin Fever VHS releases, which shows Stymie giving the high sign. There's also a clip lasting 0:01 included in the opening montage of all the Cabin Fever releases, which shows the gang giving the high sign.

The Best Of The Little Rascals (VHS) from NTA Home Entertainment
Released Oct. 1992. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening titles are remade, but the crew credits and end title are original. The picture quality is good. The original footage totals 18:32, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:08.

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

The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is the Blackhawk print.

Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 2:00 is included, showing the club meeting, with music and narration added.

Jackie Remembers Our Gang - Memories From Little Rascals Family Theater (VHS/DVD) from Jackie Taylor
Five clips from this film are shown. The first lasts 0:07, and shows the club meeting. The second lasts 0:08, and shows Spanky giving the high sign on his porch. The third lasts 0:58, and shows the club meeting. The fourth lasts 0:01, and shows the club members giving the high sign. And the fifth lasts 0:05, and shows Spanky giving the high sign on his porch.

Jackie Remembers Our Gang - The Silent Era (VHS/DVD) from Jackie Taylor
A clip lasting 0:08 is included, showing Spanky giving the high sign on his porch. Four seconds of this footage is later repeated. A second clip lasting 0:05 is also included, showing the club meeting, with narration added. A third clip lasting 0:22 is also included, showing the club meeting.


technical details:

Production G'27.

Released on January 19, 1935, making it the 134th film in the series to be released.

Copyrighted March 13, 1935, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP5411. Renewed August 1, 1962, with registration no. R299648. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2030.

All-talking two-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Anniversary Trouble".'

King World Productions episode no. 48b, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.


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, A. S. C.
This credit appears in the film.

Film Editor: Bert Jordan
This credit appears in the film.

Recording Engineer: James Greene
Not listed by Maltin & Bann. This credit appears in the film.

Assistant Director: Gordon Douglas
This credit is revealed in a photograph in Maltin & Bann's book.

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.

Approved by the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America
Certificate no. 631.

NRA
The emblem of the National Recovery Administration isn't seen in these prints, but I suspect it was originally, since the end title looks like it's been cropped in much the same way as other films from this period.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky" aka "Spank"
Lead role. Or more specifically, "Brother Spanky." His mother calls him "Sonny," which was his nickname in real life. His father calls him "Swanky." He's made treasurer of the club and loses their money.

Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat"
Supporting role. Mandy calls him "Honey Lamb." He's Mandy's kid, and is seen in many of the home scenes.

Leonard Kibrick
Supporting role. He does most of the talking when it comes time for the gang to get their money back from Spanky.

Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie"
Supporting role. Or more specifically, "Brother Stymie." He's the president of the club, but doesn't have much dialogue after the meeting is over.

Scotty Beckett as "Scott"
Supporting role. He appoints himself to escort Spanky home, but is otherwise mostly an ensemble player.

Jerry Tucker
Supporting role. He has a few lines of dialogue, but is mostly part of the ensemble.

Alvin Buckelew
Supporting role. He's mostly an ensemble player, but gets to act tough.

Sidney Kibrick
Supporting role. He also gets to act tough, but is mostly part of the ensemble.

Cecilia Murray
Small part. Spanky calls her "Honey Lamb" while he's dressed as Buckwheat. She knows it's Spanky in Buckwheat's clothes, but plays along.

Donald Proffitt
Small part. He's in the front row during the club scene and gets one closeup.

Harry Harvey, Jr.
Small part. He's the blonde boy between Jerry and Alvin during the club scene.

Merrill Strong
Small part. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity refers to him as "Merrill." He's the blonde boy in the straw boater that wants his 44 cents.

boy 134
Small part. He's seen at the far left of the front row in the club scene, and is the only kid that isn't given any specific attention in the film.

questionable listings
Maltin & Bann list Tony Kales, but I don't think he's in the film.


the animals:

Pete the Pup IV
Small part. He's seen during the club meeting.

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


the adults:

Johnny Arthur as "John," Spanky's dad
Featured role. His forgetfulness leads to all of the problems in this film, even though he blames Spanky for everything.

Claudia Dell as Spanky's mom
Supporting role. She thinks Spanky has stolen her anniversary money.

Hattie McDaniel as "Mandy," the maid
Supporting role. She orders Spanky to go to his father's office.

other adults
Extras.
(1.) The woman in Johnny Arthur's office, who's barely seen.
(2.) At least four pedestrians seen in three of the outdoor shots.


the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A14.) This is played over the opening titles and as we see the opening shots of the clubhouse. The ending part is played over the end title.

"Old Black Joe" by Stephen Collins Foster
Published in 1860. There is a remote possibility that Buckwheat's oft-repeated but unintelligible utterance in this film is 'I'se comin',' as heard in this Foster composition.


miscellaneous:

The gang's club is called the "Ancient and Honery Order of Wood Chucks Club, Inc." On the wall of the clubhouse is a pennant from Ocean Park.

Most of the action in this film takes place on Thursday, February 2nd (with the club meeting being held on Wed., Feb. 1st). However, February 2nd wasn't a Thursday in either 1934 or 1935.

What is that squeaking sound as Spanky arrives home from the club meeting? Is is a caged bird?


©June 27, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 7/4, 7/9, 8/30, 12/19.
2006 updates: 2/11, 5/16, 10/25.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/22.
2008 updates: 2/26, 5/26, 7/12, 7/27, 9/22, 11/6.
2009 updates: 7/23.
2010 updates: 3/13.


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


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