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)
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Dorothy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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 ...
Wheezer's father

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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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Our Gang short with some controversial touches
23 March 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

BIG EARS is a fine little short from the Our Gang team. What I particularly enjoyed about this one is that the back story is a little darker than you usually see in 1930s-era family comedy, with two bickering parents and their impending divorce acting as a catalyst for some childish shenanigans in which a kid feigns sickness in order to keep his family together.

The film also has a controversial scene in which the kids work their way through a medicine cabinet, trying to figure out which liquids to take in order to make a kid ill. It's business as usual for the Little Rascals here, with some very funny one-liners courtesy of Stymie and plenty of screen time for the reliably endearing Pete the Pup. In short, I can't imagine anyone not enjoying it.

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