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Big Ears (1931)

 -  Family | Short | Comedy  -  29 August 1931 (USA)
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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 ...
Johnnie Mae Beard ...
Stymie's Mother
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Ann Christy ...
Wheezer's mother
Dorothy DeBorba ...
Gordon Douglas ...
Donald Haines ...
Creighton Hale ...
Wheezer's father
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
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 <>

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Family | Short | Comedy





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29 August 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Controversial But Still "Our Gang"
29 November 1999 | by (Nedrow, New York) – See all my reviews

"Big Ears" is a very controversial "Our Gang" comedy dealing with a pending divorce and it's effect on Wheezer. Some fans of these classic shorts will feel uncomfortable watching Wheezer's parents argue on despite their child's pleas for them to stop. Ultimately the gangs slapstick antics lighten up the short and Stymie develops a plan with Wheezer to save the day and marriage.

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