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Free Wheeling (1932)

 -  Family | Comedy | Short  -  1 October 1932 (USA)
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Stymie takes Dickie for a ride in his runaway car and cures his stiff neck.


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Credited cast:
Johnnie Mae Beard ...
Stymie's mother
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Harry Bernard ...
Roadside Worker
John 'Uh huh' Collum ...
Jimmy Daniels ...
Dorothy DeBorba ...
Bobby DeWar ...
Jackie Lyn Dufton ...
Jacquie (as Jacquie Lyn)
Estelle Etterre ...
Dick Gilbert ...
Roadside worker
Douglas Greer ...
Our Gang member
Creighton Hale ...
Dickie's father
Theresa Harris ...
Jack Hill ...
Officer sent skyward
Ham Kinsey ...
Roadside worker


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

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Family | Comedy | Short






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1 October 1932 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)
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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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Carolina Moon
by Joe Burke and Benny Davis
Acapella fragment sung by Matthew "Stymie" Beard"
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A rare misfire.
2 December 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Generally, the Our Gang comedies are very watchable today--especially those from the early 1930s. However, "Free Wheeling" manages to be a rare misfire--and is pretty bad in parts. Too bad--and the film started off well enough. It seems that Dickie's mother is VERY over-protective. She's convinced he needs to be in a neck brace and has been for some time. However, the doctor insists that the boy is fine and he just needs to go out and have some fun. However, he makes the mistake of trying out Stymie's new cab service. The cab is an old wreck of a car pushed by a mule. But, when the mule gets loose, the cab goes careening out of control--and the children could be killed.

While the idea doesn't sound bad, the film became bad once the cab supposedly broke loose. Such a stun was VERY difficult to film realistically back in 1932. Now I am NOT suggesting that the studio should have really pushed the kids down the hill!! But, it looks so incredibly fake even by the standards of the day. As a result, there is no excitement at all. Even part of you knows the kids are fine because it's so unreal. As a result, the film is all downhill from to speak.

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