Glove Taps

film no. 152


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 5 (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 nearly complete print, missing only the MGM lion. The picture quality is excellent. The total footage lasts 10:28. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.

The Little Rascals Volume '5: 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. 5 & Vol. 6 (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 - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version.

The Little Rascals Book XV (VHS) from Blackhawk Video
This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening title and crew credits are remade, but the end title is original. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 10:12, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:21.

The Little Rascals Two Reelers Vol. 2 (VHS) from Spotlite Video
This is the Blackhawk print, but with the company name blacked out. It was also included as part of a 6 VHS boxed set.

The Best Of The Little Rascals (LD) from Republic Pictures Home Video
Released 1989. This is the Blackhawk print.

Adventures Of The Little Rascals (VHS) from Republic Pictures Home Video

technical details:

Production K-6.

Released on February 20, 1937, making it the 152nd film in the series to be released.

Copyrighted March 9, 1937, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP6983. Renewed July 27, 1964, with registration no. R341915. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2032.

All-talking one-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Glove Taps".'

King World Productions episode no. 46a, 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 Gordon Douglas
This credit appears in the film.

Photography: Art Lloyd, A. S. C.
This credit appears in the film.

Film Editor: William Ziegler
This credit appears in the film.

Sound: William Randall
Not listed by Maltin & Bann. This credit appears in the film.

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. 3020.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa"
Lead role. He unwittingly finds himself in the boxing ring with the new bully in town. His fighting name in "The Oklahoma Wildcat."

George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Featured role. He trains Alfalfa and serves as referee during the boxing match.

Tommy "Butch" Bond as "Butch Raffety"
Featured role. He's the bully that's just moved in.

Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat"
Supporting role. He knocks Alfalfa out in their practice bout. One of the production sheets refers to him as "Buckie."

Eugene "Porky" Lee as "Porky"
Supporting role. He accompanies Buckwheat pretty much throughout the film.

Sidney Kibrick as "Woim"
Supporting role. He accompanies Butch throughout the film and serves as his trainer. The script refers to him as "The Woim."

Darwood Kaye
Bit part. He's dressed as "Waldo," but unnamed in this film. He sits next to Butch's crowd during the match, but is happy when Alfalfa wins and dumps a bucket of water over Woim's head.

Darla Hood as "Darla"
Bit part. She's seen briefly saying goodbye to Spanky.

Jerry Tucker
Extra. He's one of the boys Butch talks to, and is also seen near Alfalfa's corner of the boxing ring.

Rex Downing
Extra. He's one of the boys Butch talks to, and is also seen near Alfalfa's corner of the boxing ring.

Harold Switzer
Extra. He's one of the boys Butch talks to, and is sitting behind Jerry at the boxing match.

John Collum
Extra. He sits between Jerry and Rex at the boxing match.

Donald Proffitt
Extra. He's one of the boys Butch talks to, but I haven't spotted him at the boxing match.

Robert Winckler
Extra. Maltin & Bann list him as Robert Winkler. He's at the left side in the shots of the boys that support Butch.

Joe Levine
Extra. He's the boy with the frizzy hair seen in the front row near Butch's corner.

boy 148
Extra. He's standing in back as Butch talks to the boys, but I haven't spotted him at the boxing match.

Hugh Sheridan
Extra. He appears to be the boy in the crowd right behind Alfalfa as he's tangled in the ropes.

Jackie Lindquist
Extra. He appears to be the blonde boy right behind Hugh Sheridan.

Larry Harris
Extra. He sits to the far right among Butch's supporters.

girl 148
Extra. She's the first girl on the left to exit the classroom.

Baby Patsy May
She's not in the film itself, but her photo is shown during the opening titles.

other kids
Extras. Maltin & Bann list Hugh Chapman, but I can't spot him anywhere in the film. There are perhaps 25 more boys at the boxing match, which perhaps includes all of the boys seen outside the school. At least five more boys, besides Winckler, are rooting for Butch. There are also at least four more girls seen outside the school.


the animals:

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

Pete the Pup IV
He's not actually in the film, but his photo is shown during the opening titles. Documentation, however, reveals that he was due to work on Jan. 13th, the day on which filming was postponed. Production sheets for the 25th and 26th also state that a dog was used, but don't give a name.


the adults:

There are no adults in this film.


the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A16.) This version is played over the opening titles, and was arranged by Ted Duncan.
(A17.) This version is played as Alfalfa wins the match and the end title appears.

"Stage-Coach Conversation" by T. Marvin Hatley
Copyrighted Mar. 20, 1937. This is played as Alfalfa realizes he's going to fight Butch.

"Up In Room 14" by Leroy Shield
This is played as Alfalfa jogs and is weighed, and Buckwheat and Porky arrive with the stretcher.

"It Is To Laugh" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted 1930. This is played during the rub-down and the shadow boxing. This is the version heard in "Pay As You Exit" (no. 148).

"Hot And Dry" by Leroy Shield
This is played during Alfalfa's sparring match with Buckwheat.


miscellaneous:

Alfalfa trains at the Ajax Athaletic Club.

Spanky reads from a book entitled How To Be A Fighter - 10 Easy Lessons.

This film is 975 feet in length.


©July 29, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 8/27, 8/30, 11/7, 12/19.
2006 updates: 2/11, 4/3, 5/16, 10/25.
2007 updates: 4/1, 7/16, 10/22.
2008 updates: 5/26, 7/12, 8/11, 8/24, 9/7, 9/22, 11/6, 12/12.


Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore, Piet Schreuders, Steven R. Wright and Paul Mular for assistance on this page.


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