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A Tough Winter (1930)

The gang creates a huge mess after they get into a taffy-pulling contest.


Robert F. McGowan (as Robert McGowan)


H.M. Walker (dialogue)


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Complete credited cast:
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ... Chubby
Jackie Cooper ... Jackie
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Wheezer
Mary Ann Jackson ... Mary Ann
Thomas Atkins Thomas Atkins ... Toddler (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Beverly Parrish Beverly Parrish ... Mary's Helper
Walter Weidler Walter Weidler ... Our Gang member (as Wolfgang Weidler)
Warner Weidler Warner Weidler ... Our Gang member (as Werner Weidler)
Stepin Fetchit ... Stepin
Lyle Tayo Lyle Tayo ... Radio announcer / Operator


The gang creates a huge mess after they get into a taffy-pulling contest.

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Comedy | Family | Short







Release Date:

21 June 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Temps d'hiver 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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Released in four versions with a different language spoken by the actors in each one: English, Spanish, French, and German. The new dialogue was not dubbed in; instead, each scene was shot four times, one take for each language. This process was helped with the aid of language tutors, blackboards placed out of camera range with the phonetic dialogue written on them, and the hiring of foreign actors for the incidental roles. This process was also used in the Little Rascals shorts The First Seven Years (1930) and When the Wind Blows (1930). See more »


Farina: Stepin, there's a letter for ya.
Stepin: Well, if I was you, I'd bring it to me, myself. I'd do that much for you.
Farina: [Farina describes the letter as 'fumigated'] Smells like licorice.
Stepin: Sho' do. I wonder who this from.
Farina: Well, let's see. Can't you read it?
Stepin: Yeah, I c'n read it in the day. Y'see, I went to night school, y'know, and I can't read 'til night.
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Lesser Short
23 December 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Tough Winter, A (1930)

* (out of 4)

Our Gang short has Stepin Fetchit playing a handyman who hangs out with the gang while they try to make taffy on a wintery day. This is a pretty poor short without much of anything going for it. There are pretty much two stories going on with the first half dealing with Fetchit while the second deals with the gang making a mess with the taffy. Neither one works and I can only recall one time laughing and that's a scene where Mary Ann gets taffy on her after it blows up. I was somewhat surprised to see how much screen time Fetchit got and his brand a humor is certainly not going to work on everyone in this day and age. I don't mind his performance but it just didn't make me laugh here. The kids too are also quite tame but you can't blame them as there really isn't any evidence that the screenplay was trying to be funny.

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