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Shivering Shakespeare (1930)

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The gang is participating in a program sponsored by the Golden Age Dramatic League. They present their own fractured version of Quo Vadis? (1924). Things go from bad to worse when the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ...
Chubby / Nero (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Farina / Farinacus (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Ann Jackson ...
Mary Ann / Mary Annicus (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Donald Haines ...
Donny (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Edith Fellows ...
Girls Scared of Elephant (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Gordon Thorpe ...
Effeminate boy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Douglas Greer ...
Turkey Egg, curtain pulller (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Georgie Billings ...
Shepard (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Aber ...
Tough kid
Allan Cavan ...
Man who 'resents it'
Pete the Dog ...
Helen Gilmore ...
Woman in audience


The gang is participating in a program sponsored by the Golden Age Dramatic League. They present their own fractured version of Quo Vadis? (1924). Things go from bad to worse when the neighborhood tough kids disrupt the show. The pie fight is given a new twist by use of some slow motion sequences. Written by Thomas McWilliams <>

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Comedy | Family | Short





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25 January 1930 (USA)  »

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1.20 : 1
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Kids acting as kids
22 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

I'm an Our Gang/Little Rascals fan, and I enjoy this episode immensely, I never tire of it. "Shivering Shakespeare" is about the kids acting in an adaptation of "Quo Vadis" made by Mrs Kennedy, who is conveniently hiding behind the curtains to help out the kids with the classic and a bit too complicated dialogue. The best thing about this episode is watching the kids act as kids; they have a natural grace that is fortunately not ruined by the fact that they are kid actors; you would say that they are just being themselves and practically unaware of the cameras.

Some of the best gags have Chubby as a protagonist -not having learned his dialogue well, he has taken notes on his robe, only to find out he's put on the robe inside out. There's also the gang of the kids who aren't in a play and have decided to turn it into a pie-throwing fest. 'Farina' is also at his best, scolding the teacher for "talking too much" when she's helping the kids with the forgotten dialogue. Very enjoyable is also Mary Ann Jackson, the leading lady, cheeky and adorable!

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