IMDb > Wiggle Your Ears (1929) > Reviews & Ratings - IMDb

Reviews & Ratings for
Wiggle Your Ears More at IMDbPro »

Write review
Filter: Hide Spoilers:
Index 2 reviews in total 

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Artistic and Sweet

Author: Maliejandra Kay ( from United States
12 October 2005

Wiggle Your Ears is a cute film from the later Our Gang silent period. It stars Harry Spear as the boy who can wiggle his ears, much to the delight of Mary Ann Jackson who is in love with him. However, when Harry spots pretty Jean Darling, he ditches Mary and refuses to wiggle her ears for her anymore since he has a new girl. Mary vows to get him back, going to such lengths as dressing up as a flapper to win his love.

Wiggle Your Ears is a great film with only a few comedic elements in it. It is not terribly funny; it is more sad than anything. One sympathizes with the sweet Mary Ann who takes so much abuse from Harry, one wonders why she even likes him. The style is unusual and artistic; the film is shot mostly in close up.

Was the above review useful to you?

3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

One of the most bizarre Our Gang comedies ever made

Author: Damon Fordham from United States
15 July 2006

This is a really strange, but thought provoking film. Here, beloved Mary literally lets Harry Spear kick her behind, spend her money on him, and forces her to push his kiddie car, all so that she could get the occasional joy of watching Harry "Wiggle His Ears." Armchair Freudians and double-entendre fans will quickly get the "joke" here. He quickly dumps Mary for pintsized blonde bombshell Jean Darling. What happens? You'll see.

This is all quite strange and unsettling on a number of counts. It's difficult to accept as comedy a scene where a little girl like Mary is being kicked in the buttocks and abused in other ways by Harry. Farina gives Mary advice on how to "Win your man and be a flapper." The sight of Mary in tight clothes and heavy makeup is REALLY creepy, not to mention the very idea of kids being used to satirize adult sexual relationships. However, the film works as a conversation piece and would especially play well if shown to a college classroom to discuss gender issues. That aside, it leaves a pretty foul aftertaste and fortunately, the Gang producers stuck to the kid's stuff in the future.

Was the above review useful to you?

Add another review

Related Links

Ratings Plot keywords Main details
Your user reviews Your vote history