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The kids mistake Miss Crabtree's brother for a potential boyfriend, and plot to discourage him.


Robert F. McGowan


H.M. Walker (dialogue)

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Complete credited cast:
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Hercules (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ... Chubby Chaney (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Cooper ... Jackie Cooper (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Dorothy DeBorba ... Dorothy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Ann Jackson ... Mary Ann Jackson (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Donald Haines ... Donald Haines (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Buddy McDonald Buddy McDonald ... Buddy O'Donnell (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Clifton Young Clifton Young ... Robert 'Bonedust' (as Bobby Young)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Mae Crane Betty Mae Crane ... Talking Titles
Beverly Crane Beverly Crane ... Talking Titles
Douglas Greer Douglas Greer ... Douglas Greer
Creighton Hale ... Jack Crabtree - Miss Crabtree's Brother
Mildred Kornman Mildred Kornman ... Student


The schoolchildren lost their last teacher because she got married and quit her job. When the brother of their teacher Miss Crabtree comes to visit, the children mistake him for a suitor. The children tell abominable lies about Miss Crabtree to try to discourage the man. Meanwhile, one of the children is selling answers to the upcoming oral exam. Unfortunately for the students, the young entrepreneur used a book of minstrelsy and blackface as his source for the "answers". Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

22 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Férias de Verão See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mary Ann Jackson tells Miss Crabtree (June Marlowe) in one scene, "We hope you don't get married until you're 80 years old." Coincidentally, that's how old June Marlowe was when she died in 1984. See more »


Miss June Crabtree: [asking the children different questions] Jackie Cooper!
[Jackie stands up]
Miss June Crabtree: Who was the Hunchback of Notre Dame?
Jackie: Lon Chaney!
[Miss Crabtree is surprised at the answer, and Jackie sits down]
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Crazy Credits

The Opening Credits of three Hal Roach "Little Rascal" films, that are two-reel short films, are verbally introduced by identical twin sisters, Betty Mae Crane & Beverly Crane, instead of being printed on screen. The duo verbally introduced just three "Little Rascals" films. They are Teacher's Pet (1930) School's Out (1930) and Love Business (1931). During their rotating verbal introduction, one starts with the director(s) name, then the other says the producer(s) name, and keep rotating (back and forth), until they verbally mention all other top leading staff member names, then the title of the short that is about to be played. After their co-introduction of the title, of the short, that is/was about to be played, they concluded with a quick and light bow and then spoke in unison, to the theatre audience members. They politely said "We thank you." Then, in two to three seconds, the short they very politely & verbally introduced, with the title's top staff members' proper names are completed, the short begins. See more »


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The One I Love Best
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It's am awfully cute little film
27 November 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a pretty adorable short featuring the Little Rascals and I'm not usually a fan of their films. This film is not among the earlier Rascals films (they were silents) and this was done well before Spanky and Alfalfa joined the group.

The breakout star among the kids was Jackie Cooper--who later went on to great stardom. However, I was surprised to see that although Farina played a very stereotypical Black child (in this film, talking about wanting to eat watermelon as well as the fact that his dad is in and out of jail--two awful stereotypes), he was actually the highest paid member of the group at the time according to IMDb--so I guess he had the last laugh! Also featured is "Chubby" Chaney--a very, very sad individual indeed. Although he was very, very obese and appeared to be about 8 or 9, he was actually 16 at the time this was made and died a few years later of some glandular condition!!

As for the plot, Jackie is concerned that now that summer vacation is approaching, their beloved teacher might not come back next year--since she's pretty and probably plans on getting married. About the same time, the teacher's brother is in town and the kids mistake him for her boyfriend and play some mean tricks on him to try to chase him away and keep her single! The whole routine is awfully funny and considering how cute the kids act, you can't help but like this film. Unlike many of the later films that had a lot of action, this one is slower paced but much higher on the charm scale.

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