Hearts Are Thumps
film no. 153
- 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
- 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
- Jackie Remembers Our Gang - Memories From Little Rascals
Family Theater (VHS/DVD) from
- 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
- 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
- The claymation version has appeared on various homemade VHS tapes and DVDs on eBay.
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.
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.
- 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
- vice president in charge of production - S. S. Van Keuren
- secretary-treasurer - Mat O'Brien
- Roach's assistant on production activities - Lawrence Tarver
- assistant secretary-treasurer, comptroller - Hugh Huber
- film editor and sound department - Elmer Raguse
- casting - Joe Rivkin
- story department - Jack Jevne
- art department - Arthur I. Royce
- property department - W. L. Stevens
- process department - Roy Seawright
- still photographer -
Bud "Stax" Graves
- men's wardrobe - Harry Black
- paymaster - Mrs. Grace Cash
- transportation director - Bob Davis
- school teacher - Fern Carter
- possible uncredited involvement
- writing - Hal Yates, James Parrott, Hal Law, Felix Adler, Harry
Langdon, Richard Flournoy and Gordon Douglas may have been among the gag writers.
- property department - Charles Oelze was probably
involved in this capacity.
- animation - Probably the work of
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Robert Winckler
- Extra. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Robert Winkler. He's seen in the shots showing
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
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.