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Free Wheeling (1932)

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Stymie takes Dickie for a ride in his runaway car and cures his stiff neck.


(as Robert McGowan)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Dorothy DeBorba ...
Kendall McComas ...
Jackie Lyn Dufton ...
Jacquie (as Jacquie Lyn)
Douglas Greer ...
Bobby Mallon ...
Kid paddled by taxi
Johnnie Mae Beard ...
Stymie's mother
Estelle Etterre ...
Creighton Hale ...
Dickie's father
Theresa Harris ...
Wilfred Lucas ...
The specialist
Dickie's mother
Harry Bernard ...
Roadside Worker


Stymie takes Dickie for a ride in his runaway car and cures his stiff neck.

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Family | Comedy | Short






Release Date:

1 October 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sem Freio  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)
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Did You Know?


Dickie: Where are we going?
Stymie: [as home made taxi gathers speed down steep hill] I don't know brother, but we're on our way!
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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »


In My Canoe
Music by Leroy Shield
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14 May 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I recently bought a collection of Little Rascals shorts on DVD for my 3 year old daughter...needless to say she loves these pieces more than anything on TV today...she's memorized many of the lines in them and will quip off at will at any time around the house... This particular episode serves as a sterling example of the Little Rascals at their best...not only the kids but the adult team of McGowan, Roach, and Walker. Their direction and writing are fantastic, and create humor that is enjoyable and timeless... 70 years later we still find ourselves in stitches watching the gang's adventures.

This episode features Dickie Moore and Stymie Beard, along with Spanky, Kendall McComas (Brisbane), and Dorothy (DeBorba)... The premise of the sick rich kid wanting to "rough it up a bit" with the "street urchins" is refreshing to this day...color of skin was no barrier. The taxi contraption is ingenious and hilarious to watch in action. Spanky provides priceless comic relief going up against the poor little monkey. In the end, every issue is resolved and it even seems Dickie's (rich kid) parents view Stymie (street urchin) as a hero! Look for Stymie's real-life mother in a brief cameo...

Could you imagine how much fun it would be if we could watch one of these shorts in a theater before the main attraction (instead of all the commercial advertising)like the old days? Imagine what a treat people who've never heard of this series would be in for!

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