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Free Wheeling (1932)

Stymie takes Dickie for a ride in his runaway car and cures his stiff neck.

Director:

Robert F. McGowan (as Robert McGowan)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie
Dorothy DeBorba ... Dorothy
Kendall McComas Kendall McComas ... Breezy Brisbane
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky
Dickie Moore ... Dickie
Jackie Lyn Dufton Jackie Lyn Dufton ... Jacquie (as Jacquie Lyn)
Douglas Greer Douglas Greer ... Gang Member
Bobby Mallon Bobby Mallon ... Kid Paddled by Taxi Driver
Johnnie Mae Beard Johnnie Mae Beard ... Stymie's Mother
Estelle Etterre ... Nurse
Creighton Hale ... Dickie's Father
Theresa Harris ... Maid
Wilfred Lucas ... The Specialist
Lillian Rich ... Dickie's Mother
Harry Bernard Harry Bernard ... Roadside Worker
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Storyline

Stymie takes Dickie for a ride in his runaway car and cures his stiff neck.

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Genres:

Family | Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sem Freio 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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Quotes

Dickie: Where are we going?
Stymie: [as home made taxi gathers speed down steep hill] I don't know brother, but we're on our way!
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Alternate Versions

When the short aired on television during the 1970s the scene where Stymie's mother was calling for him to take the laundry to Dick's parent's house was edited out because it was felt that it was racially insensitive. Similarly, the scene where Dick's mother referred to Stymie as "that colored boy" was also later edited out for the same reason. See more »

Connections

Featured in Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Intermezzo
(uncredited)
Music by Leroy Shield
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One of the best, and most anti-racist, of all Rascals films
14 April 2008 | by DamonfordhamSee all my reviews

There are those who complain about the supposed racism of the Our Gang/Little Rascals films. This one dispels a lot of that.

This is where rich kid Dickie is hampered by his overprotective mother, who despises Stymie, who she refers to as "That colored boy" and a "street urchin," but the two bond nonetheless and without spoiling it, let's just say that Stymie's actions in this film changes the snooty mother's mind.

Not only is this a nice and somewhat subtle message about friendship across lines of race and class, but the film is good and funny to boot. The gang's makeshift cab, their encounter with the drunken mule, Spanky playing with the monkey, the wild taxi chase, and the gag with the midgets and the car (you have to see this, although it's in pretty good taste). While there is no racism here, this is certainly RASCALism at its best!


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