Teacher's Beau

film no. 136


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 2 (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 18:48. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.

The Little Rascals Volume 2: 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 set).

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.

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 title is 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 18:30, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:12.

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

Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 1:15 is included, showing the Cabin Kids.


technical details:

Production G-29.

Released April 27, 1935. It was the 136th film in the series to be released.

Copyrighted May 1, 1935, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP5533. Renewed August 1, 1962, with registration no. R299651. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2030.

All-talking two-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Teacher's Beau".'

King World Productions episode no. 15, 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: Art Lloyd, A. S. C.
This credit appears in the film.

Film Editor: Robert Crandall
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.

Teacher: Fern Carter
Verified by a publicity photo.

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. 740.

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

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

George "Spanky" McFarland
Featured role. The nickname wasn't used in this film. He has all the ideas behind getting Miss Jones unengaged.

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa"
Featured role. The cutting continuity introduces him as "Carl (Alfalfa)." He takes part in most of Spanky's schemes and sings a song with his brother. According to a press item, the studio had intended to give him the nickname "Hayseed," but Spanky preferred to call him "Alfalfa."

Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas
Supporting role. The nickname wasn't used in this film. He provides a few comic moments, particularly as he's assisting Spanky in tainting the spaghetti.

Scotty Beckett
Supporting role. He and Jerry have the most dialogue among the remaining kids.

Jerry Tucker
Supporting role. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity refers to him as "Jerry." Along with Scotty, he has the most dialogue among the remaining kids.

Harold Switzer as "Harold"
Supporting role. He's an ensemble player, except for his musical performance with Alfalfa.

Alvin Buckelew
Supporting role. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity refers to him as "Alvin." He's mostly an ensemble player, but has a few lines of dialogue.

Rex Downing
Supporting role. Aside from a couple of lines of dialogue, he's just part of the group. According to the cutting continuity, he's the one who says "I guess we don't live right."

Matthew "Stymie" Beard
Supporting role. The nickname doesn't turn up in this dialogue, but the cutting continuity includes it. Mostly an ensemble player, he has one line of dialogue in this, his final film in the series (not counting one last reunion appearance a couple of years later).

The Cabin Kids
Small parts. Listed by Maltin & Bann as The Five Cabin Kids. They perform for the class, but disappear after that, with their seats being occupied by others. 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 "Honey."

girl 133
Small part. She sits in front of Spanky in class, and he pulls her hair. She previously appeared in "Shrimps For A Day" (no. 133).

boy 136
Small part. This is the little blonde boy who gets a closeup as spaghetti is put on his plate. He later appeared in "The Pinch Singer" (no. 143).

Peggy Lynch
Extra. She's seen pretty well in the classroom shot of Pete, and sits behind Harold.

Donald Proffitt
Extra. He can be seen in the background in many of the scenes.

Tommy McFarland
Extra. He sits to the right of Stymie in class. The press release claims this as his debut appearance.

Eileen Bernstein
Extra. She sits in front of Scotty in class.

Marianne Edwards
Extra. She's barely noticeable in the film, but a publicity photo reveals that she sits in front of Alvin in the classroom.

Jannie Hoskins
Extra. She sits behind Stymie, serving as one of the replacements for the Cabin Kids after they finish their song. Maltin & Bann list her as Jane Hoskins.

Dorothy Dandridge
Extra. She sits behind Peggy Lynch. Like Jannie, she's one of the replacements for the Cabin Kids after they finish their song. Interestingly enough, she later appears behind Stymie in the classroom.

other kids
Extras. Among the names listed by Maltin & Bann is Barry Downing, but I've yet to find him in the footage. They also list Beverly Baldey, Jamie Kauffman and Snooky Valentine, none of whom I'm familiar with. They also list Jackie White, Dorian Johnston and Gene Reynolds, but in this case, the payroll ledgers don't corroborate these names. There are also three remaining kids that replace the Cabin Kids in the long shots. According to the press release, there were more than 30 kids in the film, and the ledgers reveal the total to be 36 (not counting the Cabin Kids).


the animals:

Pete the Pup IV
Small part. He attends class as well as the party for Miss Jones. The sound he makes after eating the spaghetti seems to be taken right out of the soundtrack for "Hook And Ladder" (no. 116).

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

bugwatch
There's a fly that buzzes around Spanky's face as he gives horse radish to Alfalfa.


the adults:

Edward Norris as "Ralph Wilson"
Featured role. The kids call him "Mr. Ralph." The cutting continuity refers to him as "Ralph." The press release refers to him as Edwin Norris. He plays along with the kids' mistaken notion that he's marrying their teacher away from them.

Arletta Duncan as "Miss Jones"
Featured role. Ralph calls her "Liza" as a joke. She's getting married, and will be returning the following year as Mrs. Wilson.

Billy Bletcher as the chairman of the board
Supporting role. The cutting continuity refers to him as "Bletcher." He does most of the talking and announcements among the guests.

Robert McKenzie
Small part. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity refers to him as "McKenzie." He's the Andy Devine-type guy that Spanky tries to distract.

Gus Leonard
Small part. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity introduces him as "Leonard (Gus)." He helps Spanky with the plate of spaghetti.

Fred Holmes
Extra. He sits two seats away from Bletcher.

Charlie Hall
Extra. He sits two seats away from McKenzie.

other adults
Extras. There are at least three more men at the party. Maltin & Bann list Ernie Alexander and Robert (Bobby) Burns, but I can't identify them in the film. They also list Lon Poff (or Lo Poff in the 1977 edition of their book), but he's not in the payroll ledgers. There are also at least five unidentified women at the party. The press release indicates that 15 adults appear in the film, but the payroll ledgers reveal that the total was 16.


the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A14.) Part of this piece is played over the opening titles. A small portion is repeated as the film closes.

"Old MacDonald Had A Farm"
Dan Russo & His Oriole Orchestra had a number 20 hit with this song in 1932. In this film, it's sung by The Five Cabin Kids.

"Ticklish Reuben" by Cal Stewart
First released by Stewart in 1902. This is the song sung by Alfalfa and Harold Switzer. Marvin Hatley received an arrangment credit for this version, which was copyrighted on Mar. 8, 1935.


©June 29, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 7/4, 7/9, 8/27, 8/30, 12/19.
2006 updates: 2/11, 2/21, 3/4, 4/3, 5/16, 6/11, 10/26.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/17, 10/22, 11/4, 11/9.
2008 updates: 1/7, 5/26, 7/12, 7/27, 9/7, 9/22, 11/6, 12/16.
2009 updates: 7/23.
2010 updates: 3/13.


Thanks to James A. Gipson, Rob Stone, Joe Moore, Piet Schreuders, Elliot Unkefer and Paul Mular for assistance on this page.


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