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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.


(as Robert McGowan)
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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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Apparently Dickie lived with a hostile and abusive father....ain't that a laugh!
2 December 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film begins with Dickie and Spanky's mother becoming quite upset. First, her jerk-face husband forgot all about her birthday. Second, instead of apologizing and being a man about it, the jerk-face then bellows and screams like someone giving birth to a 25-pound baby! You really have to wonder if maybe the writers overdid it in making the father so nasty. It gets worse, as late in the film the dad starts smacking Dickie after he and his friends try to earn money to buy mom a present--and make a HUGE mess in the process. And, in the end, the dad seems a bit repentant and not so nasty...and you can only assume he finally got medicated or lobotomized.

I know I sound harsh, but this film really missed the mark. Had they made the father the least bit nice and in control of his anger, it might have worked. However, instead of me noticing the humorous middle portion, all I could think was that someone should call Children's Services! A rare failure and too dark for my taste.

By the way, another negative about this one were the annoying cake sound effects. Cakes shouldn't make noises. And, if they did, they'd sound NOTHING like this one!

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