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Shivering Shakespeare (1930)

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The gang is participating in a program sponsored by the Golden Age Dramatic League. They present their own fractured version of Quo Vadis? (1924). Things go from bad to worse when the ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert A. McGowan (as Anthony Mack)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (story editor)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ... Chubby / Nero (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina / Farinacus (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Cooper ... Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Ann Jackson ... Mary Ann / Mary Annicus (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Donald Haines Donald Haines ... Donny (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Edith Fellows ... Girls Scared of Elephant (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Gordon Thorpe Gordon Thorpe ... Effeminate boy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Douglas Greer Douglas Greer ... Turkey Egg, curtain pulller (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pete the Dog ... Pete
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Storyline

The gang is participating in a program sponsored by the Golden Age Dramatic League. They present their own fractured version of Quo Vadis? (1924). Things go from bad to worse when the neighborhood tough kids disrupt the show. The pie fight is given a new twist by use of some slow motion sequences. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1930 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the play being performed by "The Pupils of B. Grade, Liberty School", the announcement poster notes that "The Gladiator's Dilemma" was authored by "Mrs. Funston Evergreen Kennedy" (apparently the wife of Kennedy the Cop who is also involved in the production) "with acknowledgement of excerpts from Shakespeare, Confucius, Aristophanes, Bacon, Cervantes and Irwin S. Cobb". The inclusion of Cobb (1876-1944, whose first name in reality is spelled "Irvin"), the only living writer in the list and the only one not usually associated with "great literature", is obviously meant as a contemporary joke. See more »

Quotes

Nero's Spy: [the kids are completely unprepared, constantly needing offstage prompting] The oriental girls do their ori-... their wild, pag-... , pagan dance, to make... to make...
Kennedy the Cop: [for once, Kennedy upstages his wife giving a joke prompt from the wings] To make whoopee!
Nero's Spy: [with renewed confidence] To make whoopee!
Jackie: Forsooth!... Nero was in a terrible rage today...
Mrs. Funston Evergreen Kennedy: [from offstage] And well may...
Jackie: And well may we all tremble in our pants.
Mrs. Funston Evergreen Kennedy: [from offstage] *Togas.*
Jackie: Well, anyway, he has used up all his Christian ...
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Connections

Spoofs Quo Vadis? (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
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Music by Johann Strauss
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Would have been a 9
11 November 2011 | by librarymindSee all my reviews

This one had me laughing until the pie fight at the end. I was sorry to see it end that way. I thought the adult participation was very amusing and expressed the way the people would really feel about each other if this had been produced in real life. It was very natural and personal. You don't see natural man to man interactions any more. The scenes with the men dressed as animals were irresistible. The children acted like children would at that time, too - it was all very believable. And the lady in charge of this drama was the perfect spinster librarian type everyone liked to ridicule, only no more nor less than she, too, would have been in real life. The mothers were also very motherly and warm and attached to their children. I could relate to them - far more than I can relate to the mothers I meet today, most of whom seem to feel very little for their children. I feel a very warm affection for the time when family love was still so much a part of people's lives.


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