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The First Seven Years (1930)

 -  Family | Comedy | Short  -  1 March 1930 (USA)
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Jackie gets in a duel over the affections of Mary Ann.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ...
Chubby (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Ann Jackson ...
Mary Ann (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Pete the Dog ...
Petey (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Otto Fries ...
Speck's Father
Donald Haines ...
Speck
Edgar Kennedy ...
Kennedy the Cop
Emma Reed ...
Farina's Mother
Joy Winthrop ...
Grandma
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Jannie Hoskins ...
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Jack likes Mary Ann but doesn't know how to tell her; he gets advice from the neighborhood beat cop, Officer Kennedy, who tells him to be a cave man. That goes badly (Mary Ann whups him), so Kennedy suggests Jack go home, clean up, put on a suit, and bring her candy. While Jack's getting ready, Speck puts the moves on Mary Ann; when Jack comes back, he challenges Speck to a fight. Mary Ann, who reads romantic novels, suggests they fight a duel. With Chubby and Farina as their seconds, the knights errant don makeshift armor and have at it. Trouble is, Speck is good and has a very sharp sword. Will Jack live to tell the tale? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Family | Comedy | Short

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1 March 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Released in four versions with a different language spoken by the actors in each one: English, Spanish, French and German. The new dialogue was not dubbed in; instead, each scene was shot four times, one take for each language. This process was helped with the aid of language tutors, blackboards placed out of camera range with the phonetic dialogue written on them, and the hiring of foreign actors for the incidental roles. This process was also used in the Little Rascals shorts When the Wind Blows (1930) and A Tough Winter (1930). See more »

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Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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14 November 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

First Seven Years, The (1930)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Jackie gets a crush on Mary Ann but just as he's about to win her another guy comes along wanting to take her out. Mary Ann recommends that the two have a duel and the winner can have her. This is a step up from some of the previous shorts but I'd say this here is more cute than anything else. Jackie Cooper does a very good job in his role and really sells his character with some funny sequences including the advice he gets from Edgar Kennedy. Mary Ann also comes off quite cute here with Chubby and Farina getting some nice scenes as well. The actual duel when the kids are tearing up everything in the yard is handled quite well and manges to get quite a few laughs. Pete the dog might have the best sequence and that happens after being hit with a sword he must walk backwards to sit in some water. It's easy to see how this effect is done but it still works fine.


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