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Birthday Blues (1932)

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Dickie throws a birthday party to try to raise money to buy his mother a birthday present.


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Credited cast:
Hooper Atchley ...
John, the inconsiderate father
Bobbie 'Cotton' Beard ...
Carlena Beard ...
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Harry Bernard ...
Store proprietor
Georgie Billings ...
Boy with powder in mouth
Dorothy DeBorba ...
Gordon Douglas ...
Delivery boy
Jackie Lyn Dufton ...
Jacquie (as Jacquie Lyn)
Edith Fellows ...
Girl with string in mouth
Douglas Greer ...
First boy squirted
Donald Haines ...
Boy with mousetrap on lip
Dickie Jackson ...
Boy with bubbles
Marcia Mae Jones ...
Girl with Whistle
Mildred Kornman ...
Girl at party


Dickie throws a birthday party to try to raise money to buy his mother a birthday present.

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Comedy | Family | Short





Release Date:

12 November 1932 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

| (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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After Jacquie drops the mousetrap into the cake batter, it suddenly disappears and is replaced by a black object in a different location. In the next shot of the cake batter, both items are missing. See more »


[first lines]
Spanky: I don't like mush.
John: You'll eat that mush and like it!
Spanky: I'll hate it, but I don't like it.
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References Jubilo, Jr. (1924) See more »

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Chase the blues away with this fine "Our Gang" short
13 February 2001 | by (US) – See all my reviews

"Birthday Blues" tells the story of Dickie, who wants to buy his mother a new dress (well, not really new -- it's a 1922 model). To get the money for the present, he holds a party with prizes in a cake, with kids paying per slice. The only problem is that Spanky and Jackie Lyn have added a few surprises to the prizes -- soap, shoes, gloves, and so on. Dickie earns the money, but faces his father's wrath for making a mess. Will he get his mother's present in time?

"Birthday Blues" is memorable, if only for one of the most unique sound effects in movie history. Who knows how the Hal Roach effects people created it; it sounds something like "" If you heard this effect as a kid, you never forgot it.

The family melodrama is a bit much to take, and let's face it - Dickie's dad is a jerk, and you get the feeling he doesn't learn his lesson or will be more attentive to his wife in the future. Watch "Birthday Blues" for the laughs and forget the corny melodrama. 8 out of 10.

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