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Big Ears (1931)

Not Rated | | Family, Short, Comedy | 29 August 1931 (USA)
Wheezer pretends to be sick in order to get his parents to stop fighting.

Director:

Robert F. McGowan (as Robert McGowan)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sherwood Bailey Sherwood Bailey ... Spud (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Dorothy DeBorba ... Dorothy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Donald Haines Donald Haines ... Donald (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnnie Mae Beard Johnnie Mae Beard ... Stymie's Mother
Ann Christy ... Wheezer's mother
Gordon Douglas ... Orderly
Creighton Hale ... Wheezer's father
Wilfred Lucas ... Doctor
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Storyline

Wheezer's parents fight constantly. When he overhears them threatening divorce, he tells his friends in the gang. At first they think a divorce is something good, maybe something to eat. But when they find out what one really is, they devise a plan to get Wheezer's parents back together. They decide to give Wheezer all the medicines in his medicine cabinet to make him sick, so that his parents will forget their differences in their concern for their boy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Family | Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1931 (USA) 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?

Trivia

When Stymie's mama realises Wheezer may have taken poison in his attempt to get sick (so that his parents would stop arguing), she opens what is apparently a real telephone book, running her finger across a page that says: "For Los Angeles, in an emergency, Call or Dial the Number Listed Below - Fire Department - FItzroy-3131 - Police Department - FAber-6111 - Ambulance, Receiving Hospital - FAber-3111. FItzroy and FAber were actual exchanges in the Los Angeles telephone system before 1958. See more »

Quotes

Wheezer: [Wheezer's parents are fighting, and he needs reassurance] You ain't mad at me, are you, Daddy?
Wheezer's father: Why, no. Daddy loves little Wheezer.
Wheezer: And you aren't mad at Petey, are you, Daddy?
Wheezer's father: Why, no.
Wheezer: And you aren't mad at Stymie, are you, Daddy?
Wheezer's father: You mean, the little pickaninny? Why, no.
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Soundtracks

Intermezzo
(uncredited)
Music by Leroy Shield
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Quite funny Our Gang comedy, likely to disturb no one but ninnies
14 February 2009 | by JimB-4See all my reviews

Contrary to what several people have written here, Big Ears played quite frequently on television. I saw it yesterday for the first time in forty years and remembered almost every detail from seeing it on TV as a kid. As is often the case in Our Gang comedies, there's no great acting on hand, but as is also often the case, the worst acting is by the adults. Wheezer's parents fight and threaten divorce, so Wheezer tries to make himself sick so his parents will come together out of concern for him. There's a pretty hysterical sequence where the kids pour every concoction in the medicine cabinet down Wheezer's throat to help him get sick. Of course it's not recommended for kids actually to do something like this, but trust me, if your kids are able to drink all the medicine in your medicine cabinet, it ain't OUR GANG who's at fault. Wheezer's crying is realistic and touching, and his reactions to the taste of various elixirs is a riot. Very funny short--not the best of the Gang's by a long shot, but a good one nonetheless.


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