Framing Youth

film no. 159


The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 9 (VHS) from Cabin Fever and
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume Two (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 10:43. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.

The Little Rascals Volume 9: Collector's Edition (VHS) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
Released Aug. 15, 2000. Also included as part of The Little Rascals Volumes 1-10: Collector's Edition (10 VHS set), released Aug. 15, 2000.

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 9 & Vol. 10 (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 Digitally Remastered - Collector's Edition III (DVD) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
Released Nov. 15, 2005. This derives from the Cabin Fever release.

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 XXI (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 10:22, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:14.

The Little Rascals: Pinch Singer/Framing Youth (VHS) from Republic Pictures Home Video
Released May 1991. This is the Blackhawk print.

Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 2:02 is included, showing Alfalfa singing, with music and narration added.

technical details:

Production K-13.

Released September 11, 1937, making it the 159th film in the series to be released.

Copyrighted September 21, 1937, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP7480. Renewed May 12, 1965, with registration no. R361171. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2032.

All-talking one-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Framing Youth". This film was the first with a new title design.

King World Productions episode no. 41b, 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. and Norbert Brodine
Lloyd received sole credit and worked on each of the shooting dates. Brodine joined him for the added scenes.

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. 3680.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement

the kids:

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa Switzer"
Lead role. He comes down with a case of 'frog in the throat,' and almost misses out on a radio competition.

George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky" aka "Mr. Spanky"
Lead role. Darla calls him "Boss." He's Alfalfa's manager, and faces a beating from Butch if he doesn't keep his star crooner out of the radio contest.

Tommy Bond as "Butch McGann" aka "Mr. Butch"
Supporting role. He threatens to beat up Spanky if Alfalfa sings in the contest. His name in the script is Clarence "Butch" McGann.

Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat"
Supporting role. He's the 'first offis boy,' and is the first person visitors at the studio meet.

Eugene "Porky" Lee as "Porky"
Supporting role. He's the '2nd offis boy,' and sits next to Buckwheat at the studio.

Darla Hood as "Darla"
Supporting role. She's the operator at the voice studio.

Gary Jasgur
Small part. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Gary Jasgar. He's seen at the beginning of the film as the guard at the studio gate.

girl 159
Extra. She's the girl sitting in the front row of the radio audience.

John Collum
Extra. According to Maltin & Bann. It looks like he's standing in back at the radio station.

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

other kids
Extras. There are at least four more kids in the audience at the radio station, and at least four seen in the lobby. The original plan was for twelve extra kids, not counting Gary. There are also the voices of the five girls from "Beginner's Luck" (no. 135) singing "Honolulu Baby."

the animals:

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.

other animals
Supporting role. The only animal seen in the actual film is the frog.

the adults:

Jack Mulhall as the radio announcer
Supporting role. He introduces the acts.

Ernie Alexander as one of the judges
Small part. He sits at the back of the stage with the other judges, and is the one that speaks to Mulhall. Maltin & Bann credit him as 'the usher,' but this is clearly not the case.

Olive Brasno as the singer on the radio
Bit part. She's heard singing "Here Comes The Ice-Cream Man" in an audio clip taken from "Shrimps For A Day" (no. 133).

other adults
Extras. There are three additional judges at the back of the stage, one male and two female. There are also perhaps eighteen adults in the audience, and perhaps five in the lobby. The original plan was for 13 extra adults (7 men and 6 women), not counting the judges. There was also to be an offscreen piano player and an attendant present, the former being Marvin Hatley.

the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A17.) This is played over the opening titles and as we first see Gary. The ending part is played as Butch is shown with two black eyes, and the end title appears.

"Colonial Gayeties" by Leroy Shield
This is played as Spanky and Alfalfa arrive at the voice studio.

"Honolulu Baby" by T. Marvin Hatley
Copyrighted Oct. 18, 1933. This is heard during the radio broadcast, and is taken from the soundtrack of "Beginner's Luck" (no. 135). This song was introduced in the Laurel & Hardy feature "Sons Of The Desert."

"Pilgrim's Chorus (Tannhauser)" by R. Wagner
This is the classical piano piece heard briefly. Marvin Hatley received an arrangement credit for this.

"Here Comes The Ice-Cream Man," by T. Marvin Hatley and Billy Gilbert
Copyrighted Jan. 25, 1934. Listed by Maltin & Bann as "The Ice Cream Song." Music by Hatley and lyrics by Gilbert. Hatley received sole credit on the music cue sheet. A small part of this is sung over the radio by Olive Brasno, and taken from the soundtrack of "Shrimps For A Day" (no. 133).

"Just An Echo In The Valley" by Harry Woods, Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly
Published in 1932. This was a number two hit for Bing Crosby and a number three hit for Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees, both in 1933.

other music
The only remaining music in this short is the sound of Alfalfa 'vocalizing' next to the piano.


The title of this film is likely a takeoff on the 1923 feature "Flaming Youth."

The photograph of Spanky used in this film is the same seen in the opening titles of all the shorts from "Bored Of Education" (no. 146) through "Fishy Tales" (no. 158).

The film is 979 feet in length.

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

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