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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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The six minutes formerly missing from the film have been restored and the complete and uncut original version can be seen on Turner Classic Movies, beginning with the original 1934 Production Code Seal, and the MGM/NRA (National Recovery Act) logo; the other restorations include the song "Go To Sleep," and a beautifully photographed sequence in the underground caves. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in which Ollie pushes Stannie into the ducking pond. Stannie at first holds a half loaf of bread. When Stannie is first seen in the water and stands up there is no bread in the water. The scene cuts to Ollie and then back to Stannie. When the scene comes back to Stannie in the water the bread is seen floating in the water. 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 The Fresh Beat Band: Fresh Beats in Toyland (2010) See more »

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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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March to the Beat ****
20 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fabulous rendition of the Victor Herbert operetta.

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are endearing as the two workers in the toy factory who need to help out their landlady-the old lady who lives in the shoe.

Not only can't they borrow money to help her with the mortgage, they soon find themselves out of work for making the wrong size soldier. What a blessing that will be by film's end.

Silas Barnaby, played with great contempt, by Harry Kleinbach,who in real life was a refugee from Nazi Germany, owns the mortgage. He will tear it up if he can marry the old woman's daughter, a sweet Charlotte Henry. Leave it to Laurel and Hardy to dress up the former as a bride to fool the old skinflint.

Bitter, Barnaby plots to destroy Henry (Bo Peep's) lover, Felix Knight. He plants damaging evidence proving that Knight had killed those poor 3 little pigs. Knight is condemned to Devil's Island. When Laurel and Hardy discover that Barnaby has made this mischief, all hell breaks loose. Seems as though Barnaby is really the head of the Bogey Men, a scary animal-like men hiding out on the island. To gain further revenge, Barnaby brings them out to destroy all of Toyland only to see those overly tall soldiers exact revenge.

A wonderful film for children and adults as well. The singing by Charlotte Henry and Felix Knight is wonderful. The jokes by Laurel and Hardy are as corny but delightful as ever. Great family fare.


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