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Trouble in Toyland (1935)

An number of extraordinarily talented youngsters perform before Santa. May Parish sings The Hobby Horse Parade. Jackie Clune does a stunning rendition of When Irish Eyes are Smilin'. Sybil ... See full summary »


Joseph Henabery


A. Dorian Otvos (continuity), George J. Bennett (continuity) (as George Bennett)


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Cast overview:
Dudley Clements Dudley Clements ... Santa Claus
Roy Le May Roy Le May ... (as Gus Edwards' Stars of the Future)
May Parish May Parish ... (as Gus Edwards' Stars of the Future)
Jean Parrillo Jean Parrillo ... (as Gus Edwards' Stars of the Future)
Nancy Gonzalez Nancy Gonzalez ... (as Gus Edwards' Stars of the Future)
Dickie Larrimore Dickie Larrimore ... (as Gus Edwards' Stars of the Future)
Joe Benny Joe Benny ... (as Gus Edwards' Stars of the Future)
Jackie Clune Jackie Clune ... (as Gus Edwards' Stars of the Future)
Julie Meyers Julie Meyers ... (as Gus Edwards' Stars of the Future)
Johnny Giovanco Gee Johnny Giovanco Gee ... (as Gus Edwards' Stars of the Future)


An number of extraordinarily talented youngsters perform before Santa. May Parish sings The Hobby Horse Parade. Jackie Clune does a stunning rendition of When Irish Eyes are Smilin'. Sybil Elaine delights with her impersonation song. The rest dance, tumble, sing and Nancy Gonzalez plays La Cucaracha on the accordion. Written by rharlan58

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Release Date:

30 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1935-1936 season) #8: Trouble in Toyland See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Placards worn by the striking kiddies at the beginning of the short include the following protests: "Change The Shape of Ice Cream Cones", "No Parent Should Be Allowed To Name Their Child Elmer", "We Want Our Ears Washed Once A Month", "No More Mechanical Dolls, We Want Real Sweethearts". "Cut Out the Baby Talk", "We Want To Be Seen And Heard", "Parents Should Never Strike Child Exept In Self Defense", "Down With Spinach", and "No Daddy Should Be Allowed To Wind Up Our Toys". See more »


Sybil Elaine: [singing] I can do most anything, so think what I could do for you. I can do a Garbo and Mae West too. Come up and see me sometime. Get the idea, tall, dark and handsome...
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I Can Sew a Button
Music by Gerald Marks
Lyrics by Samuel Lerner
Performed by Sybil Elaine (as Sybil Elaine Krinney)
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This short features the 'stars of tomorrow'....none of which I ever heard of.
5 December 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Let's cut to the chase....this short from Vitaphone is god-awful. While it begins by announcing that it stars the 'stars of tomorrow', as far as I know, none of them ever made a name for themselves in Hollywood...and we should give thanks for this, as they appear to be a rather annoying and mostly untalented lot. There are a couple tap dancers who are cute but unfortunately sing like children, a kid doing a third-rate Betty Boop (or Helen Kane) imitation, a kid in a straw hat who sings and scats...badly and more. The worst, however, was the hellishly bad version of "Good Ship Lollipop". This ditty was just awful and might make your ears bleed--as will "La Cucharacha"!! A couple aren't bad (such as the boy singing "When Irish Eyes" and the tiny pianist) but they are the exception and aren't all that good either. It all comes off much like a grade school talent show. All of this is presided over by a creepy Santa and some kid dressed a bit like a gangster (minus the gat, of course).

Watch if you date but considering none are budding stars (such as the Vitaphone film of Judy Garland and her sisters, the Gumms), I can't see a lot of reason to look for this one.

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