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Little Daddy (1931)

 -  Family | Comedy | Short  -  28 March 1931 (USA)
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When local authorities find out that Farina is Stymie's guardian, they try to take him away. The kids try to stop it.

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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)
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Jackie (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)
Clifton Young ...
Bonedust (as Bobby Young)
Shirley Jean Rickert ...
Shirley (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Dorothy DeBorba ...
Dorothy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Douglas Greer ...
Our Gang member (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Donald Haines ...
Donald (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Chubby (singing voice)
Otto Fries ...
Orphan asylum agent
...
George Reed ...
The Parson
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When local authorities find out that Farina is Stymie's guardian, they try to take him away. The kids try to stop it.

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Trivia

One of the handful of Our Gang shorts that were censored from The Little Rascals (1955) television package because it was felt that it shows its Black main characters (Farina and Stymie) in a bad light. However, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard lists this short among his favorites of the series. See more »

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Here Are The Pets
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Music by Leroy Shield
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Funny gags with a serious note
13 July 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This episode was actually aired on TV, but most likely edited - the only scene I remember is when Stymie is eating up all the ice cream and cake at his farewell party before the gang arrives.

Farina is the caregiver for his younger brother Stymie who is being sent to an orphanage to live. It opens with Farina and Stymie collecting money (or rather buttons) during a church service. Later as Stymie is ready for bed, he tells Farina he wants to hear the story of Noah's ark and Stymie is nothing short of hysterical with his one-liners as Farina gets more and more frustrated attempting to tell the story.

Then it is morning and you get a glimpse of a typical start of the day with Farina's responsibilities for Stymie. The inventions rigged in the place where they are living are typical Little Rascals fare. Farina pulls levers to do everything from operating Stymie's shower to cooking him breakfast.

Then the scene changes to Farina waiting for the gang to arrive for Stymie's farewell party before the officer arrives to take him away. When Farina makes the decision to leave Stymie (and all the food for the party) to get the gang, Stymie devours everything at lightning speed. By the time the gang gets there, everything is gone, including a huge ham, a large cake and a couple of containers of ice cream.

The officer shows up to take Stymie and you have a scene very similar to that in "The Pooch" when the dog catcher takes Pete, but without the eggs. The gang beat on the officer while Farina does everything to try to hide Stymie who is only too glad to yell out, "Here I is!"

A memorable and funny scene is Chubby lip-synching to a bass singer bellowing out the song "Asleep in the Deep" as he is washing up over the bathroom sink.


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