Babes in Toyland (1934)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  14 December 1934 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Virginia Karns ...
Felix Knight ...
Florence Roberts ...
Barnaby (as Henry Kleinbach)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Hagar ...
Allen Waddell ...


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 <>

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1 and 1/2 hours of laughter!


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Release Date:

14 December 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

March of the Wooden Soldiers  »

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| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie is usually associated with the Christmas season; however, the story takes place in July. See more »


When Stannie rings Barnaby's doorbell at night, a light appears in Barnaby's upstairs window. The light source comes from the right, but Barnaby appears from the left, carrying a candle. See more »


Barnaby: You may go.
Ollie Dee: Thank you, sir.
Stannie Dum: Does that mean we're free?
Barnaby: Yes. From now on, you and I are going to be very close friends.
Ollie Dee: [disappointed; indicates to Stannie] Does that mean he doesn't have to be dunked?
Barnaby: Yes.
Stannie Dum: Isn't that nice?
Ollie Dee: What?
Stannie Dum: He and I are just like *that*. And I don't have to get wet.
Ollie Dee: Oh, is that so?
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Crazy Credits

(main title of re-release version) March of the Wooden Soldiers formerly Babes in Toyland See more »


Referenced in Married with Children: A Babe in Toyland (1997) See more »


Rock-a-Bye Baby
(Pub. 1765) (uncredited)
In the score when the baby is shown
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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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