Feed 'Em And Weep

film no. 167


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 13 (VHS) from Cabin Fever and
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume Three (4 LD set) from Cabin Fever
Released 1995. This is a complete original print with excellent picture quality. The total footage lasts 10:42. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs. There's also a clip lasting 0:04 included in the opening advertisement of all the Cabin Fever VHS releases, showing the boys singing to Mr. Hood. The soundtrack lasts an addition 7 seconds as other clips are overlapped.

The Little Rascals On Parade (VHS) from NTA Home Entertainment
Released Apr. 1991. 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 10:18, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:19.

The Little Rascals: Spanky/Feed 'Em And Weep (VHS) from Republic Pictures Home Video
Released May 10, 1990. This is the Blackhawk print.

The Little Rascals Book VII (VHS) from Blackhawk Video
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 0:03 is included, showing Alfalfa knocking the spoon into Mr. Hood's coffee, with music added.


technical details:

Production K-20.

Released May 7, 1938. It was the 167th 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 March 26, 1938.

Copyrighted May 11, 1938, by Loew's Incorporated. Registration no. LP8054. Renewed June 16, 1965, with registration no. R362818. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2033.

All-talking one-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Feed 'Em And Weep".'

King World Productions episode no. 42a, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions. This version is listed as "Feed 'Em & Weep."


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Credited in the film as a presenter.

Directed by Gordon Douglas
This credit appears in the film.

Photography: Norbert Brodine, 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.

Musical Director: Marvin Hatley
Documentation reveals that he was present on the set for recording purposes.

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
studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa"
Featured role. He's the leader of the trio of boys and gives Mr. Hood a cat for his birthday.

Philip "Lucky" Hurlic
Supporting role. He gives Mr. Hood a frog and argues with Alfalfa over Flash Gordon and Tarzan.

Eugene "Porky" Lee as "Porky"
Supporting role. He gives Mr. Hood a duckling.

Darla Hood as "Darla"
Supporting role. She's the daughter in the family and accompanies Alfalfa on piano. The photo of her on the piano was previously used in "The Pigskin Palooka" (no. 160).

Gary Jasgur as "Junior"
Supporting role. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Gary Jasgar. He spends the film in his high chair. His photograph has been added to the opening titles, replacing Baby Patsy May's.

Leonard Landy as "Percy"
Bit part. He arrives at the end of the film to deliver a message to Alfalfa and leaves with Mr. Hood's cake. His photograph has been added to the opening titles, replacing Spanky's. This was his series debut.

Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas
He's not in the film itself, but his photo is shown during the opening titles.


the animals:

dog 087b
Small part. He's the family dog and barks at the cat.

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.

other animals
Bit parts.
(1.) The cat.
(2.) The duck. Actually, according to the call sheet, more than one baby duck was used.
(3.) The frog.


the adults:

Johnny Arthur as "Mr. Hood" aka "Johnny" aka "John," Darla's dad
Lead role. His wife variously calls him "Johnny," "John" and "Daddy." He finds it impossible to enjoy his birthday with the three boys around.

Wilma Cox as "Mrs. Hood," Darla's mom
Supporting role. Her husband calls her "Mama." She keeps her husband from losing his temper.


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 birthday cake. The end part is played as the boys leave the house and the end title appears.

"Yankee Doodle" aka "Happy Birthday, Mr. Hood" by T. Marvin Hatley
This derives from a 15th century Dutch harvesting song. Richard Schuckburgh wrote the words as we know them today during the French and Indian War to ridicule the colonists. During the Revolutionary War, colonists used it as a rallying anthem. The lyrics used in the variation in this film were written by Hatley, who received an arrangement credit. Alfalfa, Philip and Porky walk into the house whistling it, and then sing it three times, as "Happy Birthday, Mr. Hood."

"Many Happy Returns Of The Day" by Al Dubin and Joe Burke
Published in 1931, with lyrics by Dubin and music by Burke. This was a number three hit for Bing Crosby the same year. In this film, it's sung by Alfalfa. The piano was played off-camera by Marvin Hatley.


©Aug. 13, 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, 12/8.
2008 updates: 4/25, 5/26, 7/12, 8/3, 9/12, 9/22, 11/6.


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


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