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Helping Grandma (1931)

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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.


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Complete credited cast:
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ...
Chubby (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Dorothy DeBorba ...
Dorothy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Ann Jackson ...
Mary Ann (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Shirley Jean Rickert ...
Shirley (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Donald Haines ...
Donald (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Clifton Young ...
Robert 'Bonedust' (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Apfel ...
Mr. Pennypacker
William Gillespie ...
Billy, Chain store official
Dell Henderson ...
Henderson, Chain store official
Margaret Mann ...
Mrs. Margaret Mack (storekeeper)


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. Written by

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children | our gang | See All (2) »


Family | Comedy | Short





Release Date:

3 January 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Featured in Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse (1984) See more »


Ah! 'Tis Love
Music by Leroy Shield
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Helping Grandma was another very enjoyable Our Gang short
19 October 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This Hal Roach comedy short, Helping Grandma, is the one hundred third in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series and the fifteenth talkie. The gang work at Grandma's (Margaret Mann) store and help themselves to the goodies there. A local man is trying to buy that store. So are a couple of representatives from a chain. Which of them has a better deal? And will the kids still be allowed to hang there? I'll stop there and just say this was another funny film in the long-lasting series though there are some uncomfortable moments like when Stymie tastes some of the products like gasoline! Ms. Mann does get a bit melodramatic near the end but since it doesn't last too long, it's tolerable. Otherwise, Helping Grandma is mostly enjoyable for what it was. P.S. This marked the series debut of Shirley Jean Rickert.

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