Up 61,328 this week

A Tough Winter (1930)

 -  Comedy | Family | Short  -  21 June 1930 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 55 users  
Reviews: 7 user

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


(as Robert McGowan)


0Check in

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 195 titles
created 10 Jan 2012
list image
a list of 1813 titles
created 29 May 2012
list image
a list of 109 titles
created 27 Jun 2012
a list of 1302 titles
created 30 Jul 2013
a list of 167 titles
created 11 months ago

Related Items

Search for "A Tough Winter" on

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... 

Our Gang (1922)
Short | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An unethical merchant moves into town and steals customers from the widowed owner of an established store; the gang steps in to help.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Anna Mae Bilson, Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels
The Little Rascals (TV Series 1955)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Television syndication package of the classic 1929-1938 shorts from the "Our Gang Comedies" movie series.

Stars: Wally Albright, Sherwood Bailey, Bobbie 'Cotton' Beard
Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Joe Cobb, Jean Darling, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
Family | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Robert A. McGowan
Stars: Joe Cobb, Jean Darling, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins


Complete credited cast:
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ...
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 ...
Lyle Tayo ...
Radio announcer / Operator


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Family | Short





Release Date:

21 June 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Temps d'hiver  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This short is very rarely seen due to Stepin Fetchit's performance, which is considered highly racist today. The owners of the Little Rascals TV rights have completely withdrawn it from their package. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"A Tough Winter" has some funny and some uncomfortable moments
6 August 2002 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Rounding out the 1929-30 all-talkie "Our Gang" release schedule, "A Tough Winter" features two storylines. First, Wheezer and Mary Ann, home alone on a wintry day, decide to make some taffy. Little Wheezer relays the directions to Mary Ann from a radio cooking show. The problem: Wheezer relays information from different shows and Mary Ann ends up putting soap in the mix! Funny moments occur when the rest of the Gang shows up to pull the taffy - and end up getting it all over the house!

The second storyline deals with Stepin Fetchit, a neighbor/handyman of the Gang, and his interactions with the Gang.

"A Tough Winter," to my knowledge, has never been shown on television, although it is available on home video. The reason for this is the Stepin Fetchit characterization which shows a shifty, sly, and slow-moving character. "Our Gang" producer Hal Roach called Fetchit a "skilled comic" and used this "Our Gang" entry as a pilot for a Fetchit comedy series that never saw the light of day. Understandably, Fetchit's characterization is offensive to many people today, which explains why the film has been shelved.

Although there are some funny moments both with Fetchit and the taffy, "A Tough Winter" is a plodding and meandering effort. If one positive came out of this film, it was that the Hal Roach Studios grew confident and experienced in making talkies. The sound in the film is good, and some of the sound effects used are very funny. For this reason, this film in part paved the way for the excellent 1930-31 "Our Gang" films.

3 out of 10.

8 of 9 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: