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Second Childhood (1936)

 -  Comedy | Family | Short  -  11 April 1936 (USA)
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A lonely, rich, hypochondriac is celebrating her 65th birthday in the same manner in which she observes the other 364 days of the year by complaining, berating her servants, taking her ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Dickie De Nuet ...
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sidney Bracey ...
Hobson, the butler
Gretta Gould ...


A lonely, rich, hypochondriac is celebrating her 65th birthday in the same manner in which she observes the other 364 days of the year by complaining, berating her servants, taking her pills and grumping about everything around her, including the sunshine. A toy airplane comes flying through an open window and breaks a vase, and when its owner, Spanky, comes in search of it he is informed he will have to pay seventy-five cents for the broken vase. Spanly has never seen six-bit, much less having it in his pants, so he offers his and his friend's help in cleaning up the yard in exchange. Before the kids are through, they've given the old lady a new outlook on life. Written by Les Adams <>

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Did You Know?


Zeffie Tilbury was trying to hide the fact that she was blind; she had to be helped onstage by a friend and companion. See more »


Just before Grandma does the "Annie Oakley" (over the shoulder slingshot trick), she can be heard calling Alfalfa "Carl," who was of course, 'Carl Switzer' - the actor playing Alfalfa. See more »


Grandma: I'm taking care of this, Hobson.
Spanky: Yeah, she's takin' care of this... Hobson.
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Oh, Susanna
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by George 'Spanky' McFarland, and Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
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Endorsed by Dr. Spanky...and it's one of their best!
24 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Zeffie Tilbury is a very welcome addition to "Second Childhood". She plays a grouchy old lady who is so nasty she can't even enjoy her birthday. But, when Spanky accidentally breaks her vase and offers to help clean up the yard to pay for it, a strange transformation takes place and the once-grouchy lady begins to experience her second childhood.

This is simply a joy to watch. Tilbury is very captivating and the plot is a delight. It's hard to adequately describe it and do justice to it--just see this one and enjoy.

According to IMDb, Miss Tilbury was actually blind but hid it quite well. Naturally, in the stunts they used a stuntman but it's not all that easy to notice and I like the idea of the filmmakers using a disabled woman and making allowances for her.

Oh, and my comment about 'Dr. Spanky'--well see this short and see Spanky dispensing medical advice--yes, medical advice!

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