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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 ...
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 eat it but I don't like it!
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References Jubilo, Jr. (1924) See more »

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Educational about Our Gang-- and boys in general!
30 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Surely, Birthday Blues is eloquent about Our Gang members and their families. Dickie and Spanky's daddy was at first disagreeable, to point of giving Dickie severe spanking for bringing strange children into the house, without his permission, and making such a mess that the kitchen looked like the municipal dump! Dickie told Mom that he did that to raise money to buy her birthday present, which Dad had forgotten to do for second straight year, and when Gordon Douglas delivered a dress for $22.50, Dad made Mom send it back. (If he could not afford to pay for it, one wonders how the family could afford the water cooler!) The beauty in this Our Gang-er is that Dad became a lot nicer, learning a good lesson from his son. What this episode ALSO brought out is the increased understanding not only about the kids in Our Gang, but about boys. All boys are not identical to each other because EVERYBODY-- boy and girl, man and woman-- is UNIQUE! There are no two boys who are exactly alike, nor any two girls either, nor any two grown men or women. Dickie's and Stymie's experimenting in the kitchen may not have been THAT prevalent among boys in the Thirties (before feminism), but there WERE boys who liked to cook even then! MY father learned to cook from his mother and his maternal grandmother. So, what Dickie and Stymie did HAD parallel examples in REAL life even then. One cannot blame Donald Haines' calling the cake a fake, as HIS "prize" was a MOUSE TRAP! Another kid drew a trick snake (which somehow I used to think was a live baby alligator! All in all, a wonderful Our Gang-er, teaching that there have always been INDEFINITE ways for boys to be boys, often good-natured instead of mean-spirited.

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