film no. 135
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 1
(VHS) from Cabin Fever and
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume
One (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 18:24. This version has appeared on numerous
- The Little Rascals Volume 1: Collector's
Edition (VHS) from
Hallmark Home Entertainment
- Released Aug. 15, 2000. Also included as part of
The Little Rascals Volumes 1-5: Collector's
Edition (5 VHS set) and
The Little Rascals Volumes 1-10: Collector's
Edition (10 VHS set), both released Aug. 15, 2000.
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 1 &
Vol. 2 (DVD) from Cabin Fever
- Same contents as the Cabin Fever VHS releases. Also released as part of
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited (6 DVD
- The Little Rascals Volumes 1-2
(DVD) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
- Released Aug. 15, 2000. Same contents as the Cabin Fever DVD.
- The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection
(8 DVD set) from Genius Products
- Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version. There are also two clips from this
film shown in the main menu.
- The Little Rascals Colorized Collection
(VHS) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
- Released Apr. 19, 1999. One of six same-named VHS releases, each with three colorized films, deriving
from the Cabin Fever versions.
- The Little Rascals Comedy Classics Vol. 1
(VHS) from NTA Home Entertainment
- Released Apr. 1991. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening titles are remade, but the
crew credits and end title are original. The end title has been cropped to omit the NRA logo. The picture quality is very
good. The original footage totals 18:07, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:07.
- The Little Rascals Book I (VHS) from
- This is the Blackhawk print.
- Little Rascals Greatest Hits
(VHS/DVD) from GoodTimes Home Video
- Released Mar. 1, 2001. Reissued Aug. 13, 2002. Also included as part of
Our Gang Collector Series 4 Pack (4 DVD
set), released Mar. 21, 2001. Also included as part of
Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack (5 VHS
set/5 DVD set), VHS released Feb. 2002 and DVD released Mar. 2004. Also included as part of
Our Gang Double Feature (DVD), released
June 25, 2002. This is a print from The Little Rascals made by Monogram Pictures Corporation. The opening titles
are remade, but the crew credits and end title are original. The end title has been cropped to omit the NRA logo. The
picture quality is fairly good. The original footage totals 17:52, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional
- Rascal Dazzle
(VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
- Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 0:43 is included, showing
Spanky's mother announcing his entry into show business. This is followed by a clip lasting 0:26 showing the gang
arriving at the theater and showing their noisemakers to Spanky. Both of these clips have music and narration added. These
are followed by a clip lasting 3:46, showing Spanky's performance.
- 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 (DVD)
released June 1, 2004. A clip lasting 2:05 is included, combining the scene of Spanky and the gang at the window with
footage of Alfalfa and Harold. Another clip lasting 0:15 is included, continuing the scene with Alfalfa and Harold.
Both clips have narration added.
Released on February 23, 1935, making it the 135th film in the series to be released.
Copyrighted April 8, 1935, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP5477. Renewed
August 1, 1962, with registration no. R299650. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2030.
Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Beginner's Luck".'
A segment of "Honolulu Baby" from this film was later used in "Framing Youth" (no. 159).
King World Productions episode no. 17, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.
- Produced by Hal Roach
- Credited in the film as a presenter. The Monogram print credits the film as "A Hal Roach
- Directed by Gus Meins
- This credit appears in the film.
- Photography: Art Lloyd, A. S. C.
- This credit appears in the film.
- Film Editor: Louis McManus
- This credit appears in the film.
- Recording Engineer: William Randall
- 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.
- Approved by the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America
- Certificate no. 677.
- The National Recovery Administration emblem is shown in both the opening and end titles.
- studio personnel
- general manager - Henry Ginsberg
- assistant general manager - L. A. French
- secretary-treasurer - C. H. Roach
- assistant secretary - Mat O'Brien
- publicity and advertising - Fred Purner
- film editor and sound department - Elmer Raguse
- construction supervisor -
C. E. Christensen
- laboratory superintendent - Charles Levin
- process department - Roy Seawright
- musical director - Marvin Hatley
- still photographer -
Bud "Stax" Graves
- transportation director - Bob Davis
- school teacher - Fern Carter
- possible uncredited involvement
- assistant direction - Probably Gordon Douglas.
- writing - Hal Yates, Carl Harbaugh, James
Parrott, Charlie Hall, Frank Butler, Robert McKenzie, Hal Law, Frank Tashlin,
Nick Grinde 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.
- animation - Probably the work of
- George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky" aka "Spank"
- Lead role. His mother puts him into a talent contest against his will.
- Marianne Edwards as "Miss Daisy Dimple"
- Supporting role. Her stage fright gets the better of her, but Spanky wins the prize for
- Scotty Beckett
- Supporting role. Among the kids in the gang, he and Jerry have most of the dialogue.
- Jerry Tucker
- Supporting role. Along with Scotty, he has most of the dialogue among the gang members.
- Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas
- Supporting role. The nickname wasn't used in this film. He's given a few closeups, but is mostly
part of the group.
- Sidney Kibrick
- Supporting role. He has very little dialogue, and is mostly an ensemble player.
- Matthew "Stymie" Beard
- Supporting role. The nickname wasn't used in this film. He's given very little dialogue, but is
present throughout most of the film.
- Alvin Buckelew
- Supporting role. He's mostly an ensemble player in this film.
- Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer
- Small part. He and his brother make up the act of "Tom and Jerry, the Arizona
Nightingales," although it's Alfalfa that gets the attention from the camera and in the script. The
cutting continuity refers to him as "Carl." This was his first appearance in the series.
- Harold Switzer
- Small part. He's the other half of "Tom and Jerry, the Arizona Nightingales."
Maltin & Bann provide two nicknames for him, "Deadpan" and "Slim," which were used for studio
publicity, but never in the films themselves. The cutting continuity refers to him as "Harold." This was his
first appearance in the series.
- The Cabin Kids as "The Five Little Cabin Kids"
- Small parts. They sing "Dinah." Maltin & Bann list them as The Five Cabin Kids. The oldest
girl is Ruth Hall, nicknamed "Sweetie," the second oldest girl is Helen Hall, nicknamed
"Precious," the oldest boy is James Hall, nicknamed "Darling," the youngest girl is Winifred
Hall, nicknamed "Sugar," and the youngest boy is Frederick Hall, nicknamed
- Merrill Strong
- Small part. He sits next to Buckwheat in the audience. Maltin & Bann list him as Merrell
- Donald Proffitt
- Small part. He's in the front row to the left of Scotty, and is almost entirely an ensemble
- Freddie Walburn
- Small part. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Fred Walburn. The cutting continuity identifies him as
"Freddie." He does a harmonica act, but is only seen backstage.
- Eileen Bernstein
- Small part. She's part of the gang in this film, sitting in the second row next to an old
- Cecilia Murray
- Small part. She's part of the gang as well, and sits in the second row to the left of Sidney
- Jackie White
- Extra. She's seen backstage in the background, and presumably does the unseen tapdancing
- Tommy McFarland
- Extra. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. In one shot, a boy that looks like him can be seen way back in
the fifth row.
- boy 134
- Extra. A boy that looks like this boy sits behind the gang.
- other kids
- Small parts and extras.
(1.) The five hula dancers that follow Bonnie Lynn. Together, they're introduced as The Floradora Dollies.
Maltin & Bann list The Meglin Kiddies, while Maltin's earlier book, The Great Movie Shorts, list
The Five Meglin Kiddies. Among them was apparently Laura June Williams (later Kenny), but I
can't tell which one she is.
(2.) Four additional kids can be seen in the audience, including the boy two rows behind the gang that looks like
Leonard Kibrick, which might be the reason Maltin & Bann listed him.
- undetermined listings
- Maltin & Bann list Snooky Valentine, but I don't know which kid this is.
- Pete the Pup IV
- Bit part. He can be seen at the fence when the gang first appears on screen.
- Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
- other animals
- Small part. The only remaining animal is the parrot that heckles Spanky while he rehearses. I think they
may have gotten a new parrot since the silent era.
- Kitty Kelly as Spanky's mom
- Featured role. She pushes Spanky onto the stage, only to make a spectacle of herself in the
- Tom Herbert as the master of ceremonies
- Supporting role. The cutting continuity refers to him as the 'manager.' He fends off Spanky's
mother while he's not introducing the acts.
- May Wallace as "Grandma"
- Supporting role. Listed as "Mae Wallace" in the cutting continuity. She's Spanky's
grandma and is sympathetic to his disdain for the stage.
- James C. Morton as the piano player
- Supporting role. He spends his time directly in front of the maelstrom caused by the gang's
- woman 121 as Marianne's mom
- Supporting role. She can't afford to buy the dress her daughter's wearing. Maltin & Bann
identify her as Ruth Hiatt, but I don't think this is a match.
- Charlie Hall as the stage hand
- Small part. He gets in the way of the master of ceremonies.
- Bess Flowers as one of the friends of Spanky's mom
- Small part. She's the friend that does the talking and sits right next to Spanky's
- Robert McKenzie as a member of the audience
- Small part. He's talking to the piano player until the gang arrives and pushes him out of the
- Jack "Tiny" Lipson as a member of the audience
- Small part. I'm pretty sure he's the overweight man sitting directly behind Robert
- Ernie Alexander as a member of the audience
- Extra. He's sitting in the third row, three seats to the left of boy 134.
- Fred Holmes as a member of the audience
- Extra. He's sitting two seats to the left of McKenzie.
- other adults
- Small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) The voice of the parrot.
(2.) Seven more friends of Spanky's mom.
(3.) At least four additional women backstage with the child performers.
(4.) Another man backstage seen with Hall in the shot looking from stage right to stage left.
(5.) The remaining members of the audience, which might not be any more than twenty.
- "Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A14.) This is played during the opening credits and as Spanky recites for his mother's friends. A fragment is
played over the end title.
- "She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain"
- Originally a negro spiritual entitled "When The Chariot Comes." The retitled version was a
popular Appalachian song in the 19th century, and also sung by railroad workers in the latter part of that century. In
this film, it's sung by Alfalfa and Harold Switzer. Hatley received arrangement credit for this version, which was
copyrighted on Mar. 8, 1935.
- "Honolulu Baby" by T. Marvin Hatley
- Copyrighted Oct. 18, 1933. This is sung by The Floradora Dollies. This song was introduced in the Laurel
& Hardy feature "Sons Of The Desert."
- "Dinah" by Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young and Harry Akst
- Ethel Waters had a number two hit with this song in 1926. In 1932, both Bing Crosby & The Mills
Brothers had a number one hit with it. In this film it's sung by The Cabin Kids.
- "Swinging The Blues Away" by T. Marvin Hatley
- Copyrighted Sep. 15, 1933. Written with lyrics by Billy Gilbert and Frank Terry. An instrumental version
is played on the piano as Daisy Dimple suffers her case of stage fright.
- "Please Press Your Lips To Mine" by T. Marvin Hatley
- Copyrighted Sep. 15, 1933. This is the harmonica piece played by Freddie Walburn, though it's barely
recognizable. It was also, incidentally, the first composition Hatley wrote for Roach back in 1930.
- "Wobbly Feet" by T. Marvin Hatley
- Copyrighted Jan. 3, 1935. This is the piano piece played during the tapdancing number, while Spanky's
mom talks to the gang.
- "If It Were Only True" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played on the piano as Spanky takes the stage.
Spanky recites "The Village Smithy" for his mom's friends.
This film was made due to the demand for more musical efforts following "Mike Fright," and went on to be one
of the most successful shorts in series history.
©June 28, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 7/4, 7/9, 7/10, 8/27, 8/30, 12/19.
2006 updates: 1/3, 1/8, 1/16, 2/11, 2/21, 5/16, 10/25.
2007 updates: 2/5, 4/1, 10/22, 11/9.
2008 updates: 5/26, 7/12, 7/27, 9/7, 9/22, 11/6, 12/16.
2009 updates: 7/23.
Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore, Piet Schreuders, Elliot Unkefer and Paul Mular for assistance on this