Copyrighted March 17, 1936, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP6234. Renewed
June 21, 1963, with registration no. R317582. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2031.
Released April 11, 1936. It was the 144th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Second Childhood".'
The soundtrack for this film was used for A Little Rascals Color Special made by King-World Productions and
presented by Charles King. The resultant film, using puppet animation, was one of five episodes refashioned this way,
which were intended to be marketed as a television series that never came to be.
King World Productions episode no. 25, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.
writing - Hal Yates, Carl Harbaugh, Charlie Hall, Hal Law, John Guedel,
Harry Langdon and Gordon Douglas may have been among the gag writers.
property department - Charles Oelze was probably
involved in this capacity.
titles - Louis McManus probably designed the main titles.
George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Featured role. He's the leader among the kids and has most of the dialogue.
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa" aka "Carl"
Featured role. He's featured almost as much as Spanky, as the two of them spend quite a lot of the
film alone with Tilbury. She absentmindedly calls him "Carl" at one point.
Supporting role. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity refers to him
as "Dickie." He teaches Grandma good manners.
Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas
Small part. The nickname doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity includes it. He
waters the lawn.
Small part. Her name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity includes it. She
Eugene "Porky" Lee as "Porky"
Small part. He isn't given too much of anything specific to do, other than getting squirted with water.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
There's a painting on the wall of two cats. There's also a strange high-pitched sound in the
opening scene, which could possibly be a caged bird, much like the sound in "Anniversary Trouble" (no. 134).
There's a fly buzzing around Grandma's head at one point.
Zeffie Tilbury as "Grandma"
Lead role. It's her 65th birthday, and her crabby disposition is transformed by the kids.
Sidney Bracey as "Hobson," the butler
Supporting role. He's repeatedly the victim of Grandma's new-found zest for life.
Greta Gould as the maid
Small part. She doesn't appear as much as Hobson, but she has a fair amount of dialogue.
Small part. There's a stunt double for Grandma in this film, presumably David Sharpe, who was
still involved at the studio during this period.
"Good Old Day" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A15.) This is played over the opening titles and as we're introduced to Grandma, the butler and the maid. The
last half part is played as Grandma is in the fountain and the end title appears.
"Oh! Susanna" by Stephen Collines Foster
Published in 1848. Wendell Hall & Shannon Four had a number eight hit with this song in 1924. In this
film, it's sung by Alfalfa, Grandma and Spanky. Marvin Hatley received arrangement credit for this version, which was
copyrighted on Jan. 6, 1936.
According to the press release, all of the kids grabbed for the toy airplane and broke it.
In the category of unseen characters, one of Grandma's prescriptions is from a "Dr. Jones."
Reel one ends as the three singers walk into the house.
This is a home movie print from Blackhawk, but with the company name blacked out. It was also included as
part of a 6 VHS boxed set. The opening title is remade, but the crew credits and end title are original. The picture
quality is very good. The original footage totals 18:40, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:10.
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 2:38 is included, showing Spanky
entering the house to get his airplane. This is directly followed by a clip lasting 2:01, showing the kids singing
with Grandma. Both clips have music and narration added.
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) Piet Schreuders (for providing copyright dates for the music) Matthew Lydick (for the correct spelling of Dickie DeNeut's last name) Paul Mular (for providing info on the Cabin Fever laserdiscs)