Birthday Blues

Birthday Blues is a 1932 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. It was the 118th (31st talking episode) Our Gang short that was released.

Birthday Blues
Directed byRobert F. McGowan
Produced byRobert F. McGowan
Hal Roach
StarringDickie Moore
George McFarland
Matthew Beard
Dorothy DeBorba
Kendall McComas
Pete the Pup
Music byLeroy Shield
Marvin Hatley
CinematographyArt Lloyd
Edited byRichard C. Currier
Distributed byMGM
Release date
November 12, 1932
Running time
19' 09"[1]
CountryUnited States


When their pennypinching father refuses to buy a birthday gift for their long-suffering mother, brothers Dickie and Spanky decide to purchase a gift for Mom on their own. Unfortunately, the "late 1922 model" dress they have selected is beyond their price range (a daunting $1.98); thus, acting upon the advice of Stymie, Dickie and Spanky decide to bake a cake with hidden prizes, then auction off the cake at ten cents a slice.

The party turns out to be a mess and Spanky's and Dickie's father returns to find it. He throws the gang and other kids out of the house and then gives Dickie a severe spanking. When Dad finds out that Dickie is using the money to buy Mom a dress, he abruptly changes his attitude.[2] However, Dad feels the dress that Dickie bought is too fancy for Mom to wear to church on Sunday morning, but Mom proudly wears the one Dickie and Spanky picked out, to the crowd's amusement.


The Gang

Additional cast


This film was edited by about 5 minutes from the Little Rascals syndicated television package in 1971 due to perceived racism toward African Americans. The episode was fully reinstated on AMC from 2001 to 2003.

See also


  2. "New York Times: Birthday Blues". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-09-19.
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