Wheezer pretends to be sick in order to get his parents to stop fighting.


(as Robert McGowan)



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Credited cast:
Sherwood Bailey ...
Spud (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Dorothy DeBorba ...
Dorothy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Donald Haines ...
Donald (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnnie Mae Beard ...
Stymie's Mother
Wheezer's mother
Gordon Douglas ...
Creighton Hale ...
Wheezer's father
Wilfred Lucas ...


Wheezer's parents fight constantly. When he overhears them threatening divorce, he tells his friends in the gang. At first they think a divorce is something good, maybe something to eat. But when they find out what one really is, they devise a plan to get Wheezer's parents back together. They decide to give Wheezer all the medicines in his medicine cabinet to make him sick, so that his parents will forget their differences in their concern for their boy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Family | Short | Comedy





Release Date:

29 August 1931 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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23 December 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Big Ears (1931)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Incredibly distasteful Our Gang short has Wheezer overhearing his parents fighting and saying they're getting a divorce so he decides to make himself sick so that they'll stay together. This is a rather ugly film for several reasons including the subject matter of divorce but the film gets even uglier as we get a few racial slurs to the black kid Stymie and an even uglier scene where Wheezer is in bed with a tummy ache only to have the thread of various medicines being fed to him. Even with all the ugliness surrounding the film there are still a few funny moments but most of these are during the first half of the film. These scenes have Wheezer trying to get his parents to stop fighting by talking to each one separately and then bringing them together. Bobby Hutchins, the kid who plays Wheezer, does a great job in the adult subject matter.

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