According to Maltin & Bann, this film was released on January 19, 1935, making it the 134th film in the series to
be released. However, the title sheet and cutting continuity dates reveal that the actual release date was probably
around the time of the copyright date. Delays in the production of the three previous episodes clearly carried over to
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.
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.
Approved by the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America
Certificate no. 631.
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.
writing - Hal Yates, Carl Harbaugh, James
Parrott, Charlie Hall, Frank Butler, Robert McKenzie, Nick Grinde, Hal Law,
Frank Tashlin 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.
titles - Louis McManus probably designed the main titles.
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.
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.
Supporting role. He has a few lines of dialogue, but is mostly part of the ensemble.
Supporting role. He's mostly an ensemble player, but gets to act tough.
Supporting role. He also gets to act tough, but is mostly part of the ensemble.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maltin & Bann list Tony Kales, but he's missing from the payroll ledger.
Pete the Pup IV
Small part. He's seen during the club meeting.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
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
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.
(1.) The woman in Johnny Arthur's office, who's barely seen.
(2.) At least four pedestrians seen in three of the outdoor shots.
"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.
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?
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B315.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) Elliot Unkefer (for pointing out the 'A14' arrangement of "Good Old Days") Paul Mular (for providing info on the Cabin Fever laserdiscs) bigshotjones (for identifying "Old Black Joe")