Bear Facts

film no. 164


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 18 (VHS) from Cabin Fever and
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume Four (3 LD set) from Cabin Fever
Released 1995. This is a complete original print with excellent picture quality. The total footage lasts 10:40. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.

The Best Of The Little Rascals (VHS) from NTA Home Entertainment
Released Oct. 1992. 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 10:20, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:20.

The Little Rascals Book IV (VHS) from Blackhawk Video
This is the Blackhawk print.

The Little Rascals: Bear Facts/Hook And Ladder (VHS) from Republic Pictures Home Video
Released May 1991. This is the Blackhawk print.

The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is the Blackhawk print.

Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 0:49 is included, showing the game of checkers. Another clip lasting 0:04 is included, showing a closeup of Spanky from the same scene, with music added.


technical details:

Production K-17.

Released March 5, 1938. It was the 164th 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 January 1, 1938.

Copyrighted March 8, 1938, by Loew's Incorporated. Registration no. LP7877. Renewed June 16, 1965, with registration no. R362815. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2033.

All-talking one-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Bear Facts".'

King World Productions episode no. 52a, 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: Oscar Lagerstrom
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. 4072.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa"
Lead role. He refers to himself as "The Great Alfalfa." He gets carried away bragging about being an animal trainer, and finds himself having to train a bear.

George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Supporting role. He repeatedly beats Alfalfa at checkers, but otherwise does little more than accompany him through the film.

Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat"
Supporting role. He and Porky discover the new people moving into the neighborhood.

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

Darla Hood as "Darla"
Supporting role. Her father runs a circus, and the two of them put a scare into the boys.

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


the animals:

George as "Elmer"
Supporting role. He accompanies the boys throughout the film, and demonstrates a couple of tricks.

Jiggs
Bit part. He's the dog who's made up to look like a tiger.

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:

Jack Pepper as "Mr. King," Darla's dad
Supporting role. He runs the circus and disguises himself as a bear named "Fifi."

Ed Brandenberg as "Fifi"
Supporting role. Or more specifically, he plays Darla's dad while in the bear costume. He also plays one of the three bears in the jungle scene.

Wilbur Pike and Cooper Smith as the other two bears
Small parts. These are the other two bears in the jungle scene.

other adults
Small part and bit part. Maltin & Bann list Jack Baxley and Al Pilario as the expressmen, but more specifically, one of them is a real estate agent, while the other is a mover. I don't know which is which, though. The daily film reports also lists them.


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 the checker board. A small portion is repeated as as the film closes.

"Nightfall" by T. Marvin Hatley
Copyrighted Mar. 20, 1937. This is played during Alfalfa and Fifi's dance.


miscellaneous:

The gang hangs out in the All Star Club House.

Darla and her dad move into the Jones house.

The circus run by Darla's dad is called King's Circus.


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


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


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