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Shiver My Timbers (1931)

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The Gang plays hooky from school so they can listen to the tall tales of a friendly sea captain.


(as Robert McGowan)


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Credited cast:
Sherwood Bailey ...
Spud (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Dorothy DeBorba ...
Dorothy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
George Ernest ...
Georgie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jerry Tucker ...
Jerry (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Carlena Beard ...
Marmalade (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Bernard ...
The Sea Captain
Dick Gilbert ...
Jack Hill ...
Charles Oelze ...
Pirate with Funny Glasses
Cy Slocum ...


The Gang plays hooky from school so they can listen to the tall tales of a friendly sea captain.

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Short | Family | Comedy





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10 October 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance of Jerry Tucker in an Our Gang/Little Rascals short. He didn't become a regular member until Bedtime Worries (1933), two years later. See more »


After the pretend typhoon, the Captain walks into the room where Miss Crabtree is talking to the children and says, "The pirates have got the ship!" He then walks forward and falls on his back. Miss Crabtree is watching him and trying not to laugh. In the next shot, you see the pirates outside the door just starting to enter the room. Cut back to the inside of the room and Miss Crabtree is no longer there. See more »


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Music by Leroy Shield
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Another case of Our Gangers' playing hooky-- with punishment to fit the crime
14 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Shiver My Timbers" is another fine illustration of the Our Gangers' propensity for playing hooky. In this one, Billy Gilbert is luring them away from school, by telling them windjammer stories. Miss Crabtree is understandably peeved, telling them that they were playing truant for the last time. She first wanted to report their behavior to the Gang's parents, who would have punished them severely. However, there came a change in plans. The Gang that very night got an opportunity to sign on as pirates, and were treated to psychological brutalities by the crew, to make the whole thing scary, to get them to change their minds. It did not work out as the crew expected, thanks to the resourcefulness of the kids. Indeed, there was no evidence that the Gang repented and went back to school; nevertheless, their getting a taste of pirate life was a fitting punishment. Quite enjoyable, all in all.

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