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Babes in Toyland (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 14 December 1934 (USA)
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Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's boogeymen are set on Toyland.

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Complete credited cast:
Virginia Karns ... Mother Goose
... Bo-Peep
Felix Knight ... Tom-Tom
... Widow Peep
... Barnaby (as Henry Kleinbach)
... Stannie Dum
... Ollie Dee
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Storyline

Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep's shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby. When that fails, they trick Barnaby into marrying Stanley Dum instead of Bo Peep. Enraged, Barnaby unleashes the bogeymen from their caverns to destroy Toyland. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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1 and 1/2 hours of laughter!


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14 December 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

March of the Wooden Soldiers  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Sepiatone)

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1.37 : 1
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This movie is usually associated with the Christmas season; however, the story takes place in July. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in which Ollie pushes Stannie into the ducking pond. Stannie at first holds a half loaf of bread. When Stannie is first seen in the water and stands up there is no bread in the water. The scene cuts to Ollie and then back to Stannie. When the scene comes back to Stannie in the water the bread is seen floating in the water. See more »

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[first lines]
Chief of Police: Come, come, children. On your way to school.
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(main title of re-release version) March of the Wooden Soldiers formerly Babes in Toyland See more »

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Remade as Babes in Toyland (1961) See more »

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March of the Toys
(1903) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Played by orchestra
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Best of Laurel and Hardy
21 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

I know this movie better as "March of The Wooden Soldiers," but it really is one of, if not the, best of Laurel and Hardy. Somehow cast as a Christmas movie (there is an arbitrary reference to Christmas in this movie, and a Santa Claus toy order is messed up), the movie shines as all of the characters in the Mother Goose tales come to life, as do the goblin-like bogey-men, but the movie's best parts shine on Laurel and Hardy's scenes. Beautiful Charlotte Henry ( fittingly enough,a former Alice in Wonderland )and Felix Knight share the rest of the movie charmingly without taking away from the duo. The songs aren't that bad either, but a special note should go to Henry Kleinbach (nee Brandon) in his portrayal as Barnaby. Plucked off the stage while doing a nearly identical role, this young actor at the time creates a more despicable role than Ray Bolger in the Disney version. In fact, Brandon lived much of his career trying to forget this role in which he was almost typecast. This is one movie that should be seen every Christmas.


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