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Second Childhood (1936)

Passed  |   |  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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Darla (as Our Gang)
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Porky (as Our Gang)
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Spanky (as Our Gang)
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Alfalfa (as Our Gang)
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Buckwheat (as Our Gang)
Dickie De Nuet ...
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Sidney Bracey ...
Hobson, the butler
Gretta Gould ...
Maid
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Grandma
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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 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. Spanky has never seen six bits, much less having it in his pants, so he offers his and his friends' 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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Stuntman and champion gymnast, David Sharpe doubled for Zeffie Tilbury in the skating scenes. See more »

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

Quotes

Grandma: I'm taking care of this, Hobson.
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Good Old Days
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Music by Leroy Shield
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Second Childhood was another hilarious Our Gang short
1 December 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This Hal Roach comedy short, Second Childhood, is the one hundred forty-forth entry in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series and the fifty-sixth talkie. A rich old woman who's celebrating her 65th birthday is grouchy to her servants. Then a toy airplane stumbles into the house and Spanky arrives to retrieve it. The elderly lady demands 75 cents for the damage to her vase but Spanky instead offers to work for it with help from the gang. I'll stop there and just say the transformation of the grandma character is a sight to see here. Zeffie Tilbury-who previously appeared in Laurel & Hardy's The Bohemian Girl which also featured Darla Hood-is quite a joy as the cantankerous-turned-childlike-old lady. So on that note, Second Childhood should really please any Our Gang fan out there. P.S. This was the third consecutive OG ep to feature Darla with blond hair since she probably had just finished TBG and hadn't time to change back to her natural brunet color. Ms. Tilbury was legally blind by this time and had to be guided off-set. And this was Gus Meins' final OG short as director, graduating to features afterward before committing suicide on August 1, 1940 under pressure of scandal.


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