Hearts Are Thumps

film no. 153


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 10:24. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs. Two clips are included in the opening advertisement of all the Cabin Fever VHS releases. The 1st lasts 0:05, and shows Spanky forming the club. The 2nd lasts 0:02, and shows Alfalfa blowing bubbles.

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. There are also three clips from this film included in the documentary The Story Of Hal Roach And Our Gang.

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 Book XIV (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 9:59, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:17.

The Little Rascals Two Reelers Vol. 4 (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.

Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. Three clips from this film are included. The first lasts 0:05, and shows Darla winking and Alfalfa's heart palpitating. The second lasts 1:46, and shows Alfalfa's song, with narration added. The third lasts 0:56, and shows Alfalfa and Darla exchanging valentines.

Jackie Remembers Our Gang - Memories From Little Rascals Family Theater (VHS/DVD) from Jackie Taylor
Four clips from this film are included. The first lasts 0:04, showing Alfalfa swinging Darla. The second lasts 0:03, and shows Spanky, Alfalfa and Buckwheat, with narration added. The third lasts 2:22, and shows Alfalfa's song. The fourth lasts 0:02, and shows Alfalfa crossing his eyes and a bubble bursting in Buckwheat's face.

Jackie Remembers Our Gang - The Silent Era (VHS/DVD) from Jackie Taylor
A clip lasting 0:04 is included, showing Alfalfa swinging Darla.

Laugh? I Thought I'd Die! (VHS) from Reader's Digest Video
A clip lasting 0:03 is included in the introduction, showing Alfalfa with bubbles coming out of his mouth. Another clip lasting 1:51 is included, showing Alfalfa's song.

The Little Rascals Clay Animation (VHS)
The claymation version has appeared on various homemade VHS tapes and DVDs on eBay.


technical details:

Production K-7.

Copyrighted March 24, 1937, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP7050. Renewed July 27, 1964, with registration no. R341916. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2032.

Released April 3, 1937. It was the 153rd film in the series to be released. Early in the film season, Fred Quimby of MGM set a projected release date for this production of February 27, 1937.

All-talking one-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Hearts Are Thumps".'

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. 50b, 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.

Photographed by Art Lloyd, A. S. C.
This credit appears in the film.

Edited by Bert Jordan
This credit appears in the film.

Sound by 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. 3091.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa"
Lead role. Spanky calls him "Romeo" at one point. He quits the He-Man Woman Haters Club to exchange valentines with Darla, but ends up eating soap.

George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Featured role. He's the leader of the club, and puts soap into Alfalfa's food.

Darla Hood as "Darla"
Featured role. She convinces Alfalfa to give up the club, and later accompanies him on piano.

Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat"
Featured role. He joins the club and assists Spanky with his prank.

Darwood Kaye as "Waldo"
Small part. He exchanges valentines with Henrietta, and is then seen sitting behind Buckwheat in class.

Sidney Kibrick
Small part. He's seen exchanging valentines, and is then seen sitting behind Spanky.

Shirley Coates as "Henrietta"
Bit part. She exchanges valentines with Waldo. This was her first appearance in the series.

Eugene "Porky" Lee
Bit part. The nickname wasn't used in this film. He's seen briefly reacting to one of the bubbles. He was present for only the final day of shooting, presumably missing out on the earlier dates due to illness.

Yoshi Nistu
Bit part. He exchanges valentines with Yoko, and is seen in the classroom.

Yoko Kawachichi
Bit part. She exchanges valentines with Yoshi, and is seen in the classroom.

John Collum
Extra. He's seen in the background as Alfalfa eats, and also sits behind Waldo in class.

Robert Winckler
Extra. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Robert Winkler. He's seen in the shots showing Porky.

girl 146
Extra. She sits two seats behind Sidney.

Harold Switzer
Extra. He sits in the back seat of Spanky's row.

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

Gloria Brown
Extra. Listed by Maltin & Bann. She may be in the background in the schoolyard sequence, but I find it impossible to be sure.

Rex Downing
Extra. He's listed as an extra for February 5th. It doesn't look like he made it into the finished film.

other kids
Bit parts and extras. It's difficult to estimate the number of kids in this film, not only because of the names listed for dates on which no shooting took place, but also because it's apparent that the cast in the schoolyard was not quite the same as it was in the classroom. The most notable additional kid in the film is the girl that exchanges valentines with Sidney, though she might be one of the names listed above. Maltin & Bann list Beverly Lorraine Smith, who I'm not familiar with.


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.


the adults:

Rosina Lawrence as the teacher
Small part. Maltin & Bann indicate that her name is "Miss Jones" in this film, but the name isn't used. She appears in the latter part.


the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A15.) This is played over the opening titles and as we first see the kids. A small portion is repeated at the close of the film. Also, according to the music cue sheet, this is the tune that Darla whistles to herself, though you'd never know by listening to her.

"Colonial Gayeties" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted May 7, 1936. This is played as the kids exchange valentines and the boys form the He-Man Woman Haters Club. It's played again as Alfalfa swings Darla, and Spanky and Buckwheat find some soap. This version differs from the flute-dominated version reproduced by the Beau Hunks.

"Little Dancing Girl" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "Dancing Girl" and "Dancing Girls." This is played, and partially repeated, as Alfalfa gives up the club in favor of Darla. Most of it is repeated as the kids enter the classroom and Alfalfa gets ready to sing. This is the version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.

"It Is To Laugh" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted 1930. This is played as Alfalfa forces himself to eat the sandwich and cream puffs. This is the version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.

"Let Me Call You Sweetheart" by Leo Friedman and Beth Slater Whitson
Copyrighted 1910. Music by Friedman with lyrics by Whitson. The Peerless Quartet had a number one hit with this song in 1911. In this film, it's sung by Alfalfa.


miscellaneous:

The gang calls their club The He-Man Woman Haters Club.

Some reissue and TV prints carry the title "Hearts Are Trumps."

This film was 953 feet in length.


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


Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore and Paul Mular for assistance on this page.


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