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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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Barnaby (as Henry Kleinbach)
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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 <>

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1 and 1/2 hours of laughter!


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14 December 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

March of the Wooden Soldiers  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Due to a missing copyright notice on older reissue prints bearing the title "March of the Wooden Soldiers," the film was widely perceived to have been in the public domain, and has been distributed by many home video companies over the decades. However, as it turned out, the original prints did have such notice, and film's copyright was renewed properly in 1962, making the perception invalid. See more »


As the wooden soldiers approach the Boogey men, Barnaby is holding Bo Peep in his arms, but when they fire the cannon shot that knocks him down, she is gone. See more »


Ollie Dee: Goodbye Stannie.
Stannie Dum: Well aren't I going with you?
Ollie Dee: Why no. You've got to stay here with Barnaby. You're married to him.
Stannie Dum: [starting to cry] I don't want to stay here with him.
Ollie Dee: Why not?
Stannie Dum: I don't love him.
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The titles appear on a child's toy building block that falls into position onscreen. See more »


Referenced in City Guys: Al's in Toyland (2001) See more »


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(1903) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
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conversation with henry brandon
11 April 2001 | by (palm bay, fla. united states) – See all my reviews

first i must disagree with the review of your last member on his appraisal of henry brandons role as mr. barnaby. my wife and i were personal friends of henry brandon and it was his favorite role and his first. he maintained a friendship with stan laurel and oliver hardy until their passings. he was scheduled to appear at a laurel and hardy convention in july of 1990 with ms. charlotte henry and my wife and i were to meet him there. his recollection of the production sets were of vivid colors. when he attended the preview of the film he was disappointed because all he saw were greys and black and whites. he wished that hal roach would have shot the film in color even two strip technicolor. when talking to him about his long career always babes in toyland was foremost in his mind. the film holds up well today with another generation of children ( my grandkids included} and adults enjoying this trip into the world of fairytales and make believe. recently it has been released in computerized color, but i prefer the original black and white; but i think henry brandon would be happy to see his supreme villiany in the color version. a wonderful film, laurel and hardy at their best and the birth of a cinema villain for decades to come, my friend henry brandon nee kleinbach. yours at the movies joe rinando.

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