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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Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Chubby (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Dorothy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Mary Ann (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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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
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Mrs. Margaret Mack (storekeeper)
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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. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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3 January 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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At the end of the short, you can see Oscar Apfel (Mr. Pennypacker) grimace before Wheezer hits him with the hammer. See more »

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

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Ah! 'Tis Love
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Music by Leroy Shield
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A decent story, but the acting is much worse than usual.
2 December 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Grandma owns a general store and business isn't good. Considering her helpers are all the kids, I think I can understand why! Regardless, a great opportunity for her to sell out to a chain store is coming--but a nasty schmuck is trying to cheat her. This jerk has convinced her that no one wants the store and he's about to buy it out from under her for a pittance. Can the kids somehow help Grandma? Wheezer and Stymie were adorable little kids when "Helping Grandma" was made. However, they were also VERY young and could not read lines or act. In some cases, the directors were still able to get some decent performances from them. However, in this short, Wheezer in particular, is awful. He delivers his lines poorly and makes bizarre faces and is more of a distraction than anything else. As for the older kids, they really are minor characters here--so there's only so much they can do to make up for Wheezer's lack of skills. It's a shame as the story itself isn't bad.


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