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March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)

Babes in Toyland (original title)
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 Bogeymen are set on Toyland.

Directors:

Gus Meins, Charley Rogers (as Charles Rogers)

Writers:

Frank Butler (screen play), Nick Grinde (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Virginia Karns Virginia Karns ... Mother Goose
Charlotte Henry ... Bo-Peep
Felix Knight ... Tom-Tom
Florence Roberts ... Widow Peep
Henry Brandon ... Barnaby Barnicle (as Henry Kleinbach)
Stan Laurel ... Stannie Dum
Oliver Hardy ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

March of the Wooden Soldiers See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hal Roach and Walt Disney were good friends, and it paid off for Roach in this picture. Roach asked to borrow the tune "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" from a Disney cartoon of the previous year, and Disney obliged. See more »

Goofs

The three little pigs are in their nightgowns - like everyone else in Toy Land - when Stan and Ollie return with Tom Tom and Bo-Peep. When the three little pigs close the blinds to their houses when the bogeymen are attacking, two of them are shown with their regular clothes on. Eventually they are seen with their nightgowns again when Toy Land is fighting the bogeymen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chief of Police: Come, come, children. On your way to school.
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Crazy Credits

The titles appear on a child's toy building block that falls into position onscreen. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some prints omit the opening verses of the song "Toyland" ("When you've grown up, my dears", etc.), and begin the song with the main chorus ("Toyland, Toyland," etc.). Other prints omit Mother Goose's vocal of the song entirely, and have only the chorus singing the song. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sledge Hammer!: Sledge in Toyland (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Castle In Spain
(1903) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Glen MacDonough
Sung by Felix Knight
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Best of Laurel and Hardy
21 February 2001 | by aesgaard41See 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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