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Release Date:
11 October 1930 (USA) See more »
Jackie prepares a series of elaborate jokes for his new teacher. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Hercules (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ... Chubby (as Hal Roach's Rascals)

Jackie Cooper ... Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Dorothy DeBorba ... Dorothy (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)
Buddy McDonald ... Buddy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baldwin Cooke ... First Caterer
William Courtright ... Old man
Betty Mae Crane ... Talking titles
Beverly Crane ... Talking titles
Gordon Douglas ... Second Caterer
Artye Folz ... Girl Hit With Pea
Donald Haines ... Don
Mildred Kornman ... Student
Bobby Mallon ... Student

June Marlowe ... Miss Crabtree
Barbara Roach ... Student
Billy Seay ... Student

Directed by
Robert F. McGowan  (as Robert McGowan)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert F. McGowan  story (uncredited)
H.M. Walker  dialogue

Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Leroy Shield (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Art Lloyd 
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier  (as Richard Currier)
Casting by
Jack Roach (uncredited)
Art Department
C.E. Christensen .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Elmer Raguse .... sound recording engineer
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... optical effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stax Graves .... still photographer
Other crew
Charles Levin .... laboratory supervisor
Hal Roach .... presenter

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Additional Details

20 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

His performance in this short led Jackie Cooper to be cast in Skippy (1931).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Miss Crabtree "sends" Buddy home with the others, even though no-one has come to say that he needs to go home, unlike the rest.See more »
Miss June Crabtree:I hope the children like me.
Old man:Oh, they'll like you alright. We'll have the cake and ice cream down to the school right on time.
[Miss Crabtree drives away]
Old man:Ummm... Wow! I wouldn't mind going back to school myself!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse (1984) (TV)See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
One of the finest of all the "Our Gang" films, 30 January 2005
Author: jimtinder from US

"Teacher's Pet," the second release during the "Our Gang" series' 1930-31 season, is also one of the finest films in the series. Following the excellent "Pups is Pups," "Teacher's Pet" continues the laughs, while also offering sentiment and heart.

It's Miss Crabtree's first day at school, and she wants to make a good impression on her students. She orders cake and ice cream for the children, and intends on letting them have a day off on their first day back from vacation.

Jackie, Chubby, Farina and Buddy have other plans. They are sure that with a name like Crabtree, their new teacher won't be as swell as their former teacher, Miss McGillicuddy. Buddy brings a mouse, Chubby brings red ants, and Farina brings sneezing powder in an effort to ditch school the first day. Jackie has plans of his own; but when he gets a ride to school from the new teacher - and he doesn't know she's the new teacher - he explains the plot to her. What will Miss Crabtree do?

Hailed by many film historians as one of the best films Hal Roach ever made, "Teacher's Pet" is loaded with indelible images of warmth and humor. There is an obvious connection between Jackie and Miss Crabtree that is charming and endearing. The kids give natural, likable performances. With this film, Jackie Cooper became the leader of "Our Gang/The Little Rascals", a position he would hold until leaving the series for features the following year.

The setting of the film reminds us of a simpler, quieter time seventy-five years ago. No intrusive cell phones, no rush hour, no strip malls are here. A simple, rural one-room schoolhouse; a leisurely walk along a dirt road; and shade underneath plentiful trees gives the viewer a chance to relax and enjoy the film. Who wouldn't want to go back to this time of simplicity and quiet?

The Rascals' theme song, "Good Old Days," makes its debut in this film. The film was immediately followed by a sequel, "School's Out." A winner from start to finish. 10 out of 10.

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