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Second Childhood (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Short | 11 April 1936 (USA)
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)
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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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Comedy | Family | Short

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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: Who let all that sunshine in here?
Hobson, the butler: Sunshine is healthful, madam.
Grandma: Pull down the shades.
Maid: Yes, miss.
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Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Arranged by Marvin Hatley
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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