MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 17,718 this week

A Tough Winter (1930)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 62 users  
Reviews: 7 user

The gang creates a huge mess after they get into a taffy-pulling contest.

Director:

(as Robert McGowan)

Writer:

(dialogue)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 198 titles
created 10 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 1813 titles
created 29 May 2012
 
a list of 1408 titles
created 12 Nov 2012
 
a list of 1302 titles
created 30 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "A Tough Winter" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Tough Winter (1930)

A Tough Winter (1930) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Tough Winter.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fly My Kite (1931)
Family | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A greedy man tries to get rid of his mother by putting her in an old folks home until he discovers she has a fortune in stock certificates.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Dorothy DeBorba
Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

With Wheezer's new baby brother getting all the attention, he tries to send the baby back.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jean Darling, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When one of the Our Gang kids finds money under his pillow after losing a tooth, all the kids decide to get rich by having all their teeth pulled. They visit a dentist, Dr. Schultz, who ... See full summary »

Director: Nate Watt
Stars: Eugene 'Porky' Lee, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas
Bear Shooters (1930)
Family | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

While on a camping trip, the gang comes across poachers.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
School's Out (1930)
Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The kids mistake Miss Crabtree's brother for a potential boyfriend, and plot to discourage him.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper
Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The kids foil a burglary.

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
Little Daddy (1931)
Family | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When local authorities find out that Farina is Stymie's guardian, they try to take him away. The kids try to stop it.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper
Family | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The kids' adopted grandma decides to sell her store, but can't decide whom to sell it to. The kids try to help her out.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper
Bargain Day (1931)
Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Wheezer and Stymie, door-to-door salesmen, meet a lonely little rich girl.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper
Family | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Detective Alfalfa and his assistants Buckwheat and Porky try to solve a missing-candy case but find themselves in an amusement park haunted house.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Darla Hood, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Pups Is Pups (1930)
Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The gang decides to enter their animals in a local pet show.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba
Family | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The gang ignores the warning of a local cop and goes exploring in a haunted house.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ...
...
Jackie
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Mary Ann Jackson ...
Thomas Atkins ...
Toddler (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Beverly Parrish ...
Mary's Helper
Walter Weidler ...
Our Gang member (as Wolfgang Weidler)
Warner Weidler ...
Our Gang member (as Werner Weidler)
Stepin Fetchit ...
Stepin
Lyle Tayo ...
Radio announcer / Operator
Edit

Storyline

The gang creates a huge mess after they get into a taffy-pulling contest.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 June 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Temps d'hiver  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 The First Seven Years (1930) and When the Wind Blows (1930). See more »

Soundtracks

For No Reason At All
(uncredited)
Music by Hal E. Rice
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Mister Stephen
28 April 2007 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I've mentioned Stepin Fetchit in several film comments recently, for films that had an offensive black stereotype. These are generally 30s films and the stereotype is of dull, slow, shuffling subservient "boys." I thought I owed it to myself to actually see the man at work.

And its a shock. Those other black actors were successfully playing the stereotype. But not this man, at least not here. This could be an anomaly because it is the only film from the era in which he is billed as himself. Sure he plays a type: someone so lazy he rigs a device to hold his arm when signaling a turn in his cart. Someone who can't read, and who seems stupid, even retarded. But in every motion, he's winking at the audience, he's letting us see the actor's timing, the process of creating the doofus.

The overall effect is the opposite, its of an intelligent, noble, skilled man goofing on us all. Its particularly clear here because he isn't the only incompetent in the frame. All the "Gang" (but one, the pretty rich girl) are as on the periphery of lucid living as his character. There's a story parallel to his, where the kids make taffy and make a huge mess.

He simply walks into the mess in a sort of glee, and use the sticky stuff on the walls to save a hundredth of a motion in removing his gloves.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A Tough Winter (1930) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?