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Babes in Toyland (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 14 December 1934 (USA)
Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's boogeymen are set on Toyland.

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Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep's shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby. When that fails, they trick Barnaby into marrying Stanley Dum instead of Bo Peep. Enraged, Barnaby unleashes the bogeymen from their caverns to destroy Toyland. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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1 and 1/2 hours of laughter!


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March of the Wooden Soldiers  »

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Trivia

According to Henry Brandon, the original ending had Ollie Dee and Stannie Dum stuffing Barnaby into a cannon and shooting it off; a final shot using cut-out animation would show the bits and pieces of his body spelling out "THE END". The producers rejected this idea as too grotesque, so a different ending was filmed in which the cannon flips over and fires a load of darts into Ollie's backside. The fate of Barnaby - last seen trapped inside a house made of children's blocks - is left unresolved. See more »

Goofs

During the fight scene between Tom-Tom and Barnaby, at one point Tom-Tom is on top of Barnaby, then does a somersault over him, and we see him start to stand up in front of Barnaby. In the next shot, he is on top of Barnaby again (same position as before he flipped), and in the next he is standing up in front of Barnaby. See more »

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[first lines]
Chief of Police: Come, come, children. On your way to school.
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The titles appear on a child's toy building block that falls into position onscreen. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gunslinger (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Mind, Bo Peep
(1903) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Glen MacDonough
Sung by Felix Knight, Johnny Downs, Jean Darling, Virginia Karns, Charlotte Henry and Chorus
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Best of Laurel and Hardy
21 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know this movie better as "March of The Wooden Soldiers," but it really is one of, if not the, best of Laurel and Hardy. Somehow cast as a Christmas movie (there is an arbitrary reference to Christmas in this movie, and a Santa Claus toy order is messed up), the movie shines as all of the characters in the Mother Goose tales come to life, as do the goblin-like bogey-men, but the movie's best parts shine on Laurel and Hardy's scenes. Beautiful Charlotte Henry ( fittingly enough,a former Alice in Wonderland )and Felix Knight share the rest of the movie charmingly without taking away from the duo. The songs aren't that bad either, but a special note should go to Henry Kleinbach (nee Brandon) in his portrayal as Barnaby. Plucked off the stage while doing a nearly identical role, this young actor at the time creates a more despicable role than Ray Bolger in the Disney version. In fact, Brandon lived much of his career trying to forget this role in which he was almost typecast. This is one movie that should be seen every Christmas.


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