Filmed July 8 to 16, 1935. The second Beau Hunks CD states that it was produced in August. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details. It should
also be noted that Eugene "Porky" Lee reportedly joined the gang when he was nineteen months old, which was at the end of May or the beginning of June.
However, the payroll ledger states that he began with the series as "Little Sinner" started shooting.
Copyrighted September 4, 1935, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP5805. Renewed June 21, 1963, with registration no. R317566.
This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2030.
Released October 26, 1935. It was the 139th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Little Sinner".'
King World Productions episode no. 52b, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.
Extra. The payroll ledger indicates that she worked in this film, presumably seen entering and exiting the church.
Extras. There are several additional kids walking into and out of the church, but it's not possible to positively identify most of them in this film.
Presumably, Maltin & Bann had one or more publicity photos to aid them, as their cast listing includes Dickie De Neut, John Collum and Jackie
Small part. This is the duck that battles with Spanky over the worm. He was four years old and mastered by Tony Campanaro. The press release specifically says that
he helps Spanky fish, which isn't the case at all.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
Small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) The fish on Spanky's line as he walks away from the lake. There are also two fish shown in the underwater shot.
(2.) Several earthworms.
(3.) The bear that Buckwheat encounters.
(4.) The owl that watches the 'ghost' fly by.
(5.) Three additional ducks shown in the lake at one point.
Several insects are flying around at the lake.
Clarence Wilson as the property owner
Small part. He orders Spanky pull in his line and leave.
Bit part. He's at the baptism and asks his friend when it will take place. Later he's seen losing his tent.
The Etude Chorus
Voice-over. They're heard singing the gospel music. This is according to the press release, which states that the group was made up of '25 Negro
singers.' Maltin & Bann credit Frieda Shaw's Singers, but these are clearly two names for the same group. It was "The Etude Ethiopian
Chorus" that worked in "Little Daddy" (no. 105), and Shaw is also known to have led "Frieda Shaw's Ethiopian Chorus."
Small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) "Reverend Dobson," who's seen greeting the kids early in the film, and then bidding farewell to the churchgoers at the
(2.) The person playing the scarecrow that runs off when the 'ghost' goes by.
(3.) Several adults walking into and out of the church. The reverend addresses one of them as "George."
"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A14.) This is played over the opening titles and as we first see the kids. The last half-verse is played twice as Spanky returns to the church and the
end title appears.
"Poor Mourners Found A Hiding Place"
This is the first gospel piece performed by Frieda Shaw's Singers.
"Oh, Lord, Won't You Save Me?"
This is the second gospel piece performed.
"Leaning On The Lord"
This is the last gospel song sung by Frieda Shaw's Singers.
"Fastie" by Leroy Shield
Most of this piece is played as Spanky and Buckwheat run through the woods.
Lancaster's Lake aka Lancaster Lake
This is near Sunland, California, and is the location for the fishing scene.
Eight shooting dates went into the making of this film. Almost a month had passed since shooting finished for "Little Papa" (no. 139). Shooting
for "Little Sinner" started on July 8th and continued until July 16th. There was no shooting on July 14th, which was a Sunday. After this, almost two
months would pass before the Our Gang unit began filming "Our Gang Follies Of 1936" (no. 141).
Released 1995. This is a complete original print with excellent picture quality. The total footage lasts
17:15. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs. There's also a clip lasting 0:02 included in the
opening advertisement of all the Cabin Fever VHS releases, which shows a closeup of Spanky.
This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening title is remade, but the crew credits and end
title are original. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 16:52, but the original soundtrack
lasts an additional 0:14.
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) Matthew Lydick (for the correct spelling of Dickie De Neut's last name) Paul Mular (for providing info on the Cabin Fever laserdiscs) Steven R. Wright (for noting that the film was not completely removed from King World's TV package during
the seventies) Elliot Unkefer (for pointing out the 'A14' arrangement of "Good Old Days") Greg (for info regarding this film's inclusion in the television rotation)