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Little Daddy (1931)

When local authorities find out that Farina is Stymie's guardian, they try to take him away. The kids try to stop it.

Director:

Robert F. McGowan (as Robert McGowan)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ... Chubby (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Cooper ... Jackie (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 (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Clifton Young ... Bonedust (as Bobby Young)
Shirley Jean Rickert ... Shirley (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Dorothy DeBorba ... Dorothy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Douglas Greer Douglas Greer ... Our Gang member (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Donald Haines Donald Haines ... Donald (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charley Chase ... Chubby (singing voice)
Otto Fries Otto Fries ... Orphan asylum agent
June Marlowe ... Miss June Crabtree
George Reed ... The Parson
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Storyline

When local authorities find out that Farina is Stymie's guardian, they try to take him away. The kids try to stop it.

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Genres:

Family | Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Маленький папа See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the handful of Our Gang shorts that were censored from The Little Rascals (1955) television package because it was felt that it shows its Black main characters (Farina and Stymie) in a bad light. However, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard lists this short among his favorites of the series. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The One I Love Best
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Music by Leroy Shield
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23 December 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Little Daddy (1931)

*** (out of 4)

Farina is taking care of his younger brother Stymie when it's learned that he must go to an orphanage. This doesn't sit well with the gang who plan on fighting off the man when he comes to take their friend. Reading up on this short I learned that it was originally banned from television due to some people, including the NAACP, protesting how blacks were shown and I must admit that I'm downright shocked that they'd take that stance as I've never seen a film from this era that showed as much respect to blacks. I know this series was rather mean to Farina in earlier films but this one here is so sweet and caring that it's just shocking anyone would take offense to it but then again I doubt those protesters even bothered watching it. The first fifteen-minutes actually play out as a drama even though there's a hilarious scene about Noah, which Stymie can't understand. Chubby and Jackie get some funny lines but the entire film belongs to Farina and Stymie, which is pretty rare for two black actors to get all the screen time in a white comedy. June Marlowe appears at the very end.


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