McGowan was later credited as Anthony Mack. The payroll summaries were listing McGowan as the assistant
director for the Our Gang unit during this period, but were still listing Oelze as a prop man. Rob Stone's list gives
sole credit to Oelze.
Maltin & Bann give sole credit to Lloyd, which is probably the way it appeared in the film. However
the weekly payroll summaries reveal that Gerstad worked as a cameraman with the Our Gang unit during the entire week
ending Dec. 19th, and for part of the following week, which means he was probably the photographer from Dec. 14th until
the end of shooting.
Presumed extra. The payroll ledger makes it pretty clear that "Baby Kornman" appeared in this film, along with her mother. She's probably
among the dozens of people in the lobby scenes.
Bit parts. The gang steals clothes from two babies, only one of whom is clearly seen.
Small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's with the gang at the beginning of the film, then
arrives at the hotel with Jackie and Farina.
Bit part. He's shown at the beginning of the film.
Bit parts. There are various flies shown during the flyswatting sequence.
Gustav Schaffrath as the midget
Featured role. Along with Joe, he's virtually the star of the film, playing practical jokes on people by dressing as a baby. The payroll ledger
gives various spellings of his name. The one I'm using here was researched for Lord Heath's website. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Harry Earles.
William A. Orlamond as "Uncle John"
Featured role. This is the rich uncle that's expecting to see some children.
William Gillespie as "Wm. Weedle"
Supporting role. He and his wife need to produce a couple of kids to keep getting money out of their rich
Charlotte Mineau as "Mrs. Weedle"
Supporting role. This is the wife.
Helen Gilmore as Joe's mom
Small part. She's shown at the beginning of the film punishing Joe by dressing him as a
Fay Holderness as the midget's guardian
Small part. She appears every so often to retrieve the midget.
Charlie Hall as one of the bellboys
Small part. He's the one that arranges for Mickey and Joe to take part in the scam.
Charles A. Millsfield as the man with the beard
Bit part. He tries to kiss Joe, but Joe won't have any of it.
Rolfe Sedan as the man telling the joke
Bit part. Shown briefly with Lee Phelps.
Lee Phelps as the man listening to the joke
Bit part. Shown briefly with Rolfe Sedan. The midget gives himself away by getting the joke.
Martha Sleeper as the "pip"
Bit part. She gets affectionate with the "baby," but soon finds out he's a midget.
Olin Francis as the doorman
Bit part. He won't let Farina and Jackie in, and then has to answer to Pal.
Ed Brandenberg as one of the bellboys
Bit part. Mr. Weedle won't give him a tip.
Stanley "Tiny" Sandford as the hotel detective
Bit part. He's shown a couple of times in the short, but isn't given too much to do, at least not
in this print.
Bit parts and extras.
(1.) The cab driver who gets hit on the head with a hammer.
(2.) There are at least two additional bellboys, as well as a handful of other hotel employees.
(3.) There are also scores of hotel guests.
Culver Hotel, Culver City
This is shown at the end of the film when Joe chases down the bully. Shown is the Washington Boulevard
side of the building. The Adams Hotel is across the street in one of the shots. A reverse angle shot reveals the
newly-built Hull Building in the distance at the corner of Washington and Watseka.
Hal E. Roach Studios, Culver City
According to Maltin & Bann, the usual hotel lobby set was used for this film. As with most shorts
made during this time of year, most of the footage is indoors, and no doubt shot at the studio.
According to Rob Stone's list, the retakes shot on January 11th were done in Palms. The footage of
Joe being dressed as a baby was probably shot there.
14 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Two and a half weeks after shooting finished for "Monkey
Business" (no. 48), the 'start' date arrived for "Baby Clothes" on Dec. 7th. Shooting
continued until Dec. 20th, when it was considered 'finished.' No shooting took place on Dec. 6th and 13th, which
were both Sundays, but the last day of shooting, the 20th, was a rare working Sunday, no doubt to compensate for the
upcoming Christmas holiday weekend. After three full weeks of inactivity, retakes were shot on Jan. 11th. The very next
day, shooting began for "Uncle Tom's Uncle" (no. 50).
There were 38 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
This is a home movie print made by Exclusive Movie Studios, Inc., in Chicago. The print totals 20:57,
with 20:52 of it original footage. Almost the entire original film is included. This version has appeared on numerous
This copy is essentially the same as the others, but adds a title card at the end indicating that it was
released by Niles Film Products in South Bend, Indiana. The print totals 25:12, with 25:06 of it original footage.
The longer running time is due to a slower projection speed.
My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page: Rob Stone (for providing the production number, shooting dates, location info, and some of the crew
credits) Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information) Matthew Lydick (for the correct spelling of Gabe Saenz's last name)