Second Childhood (film)

Second Childhood is a 1936 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins. It was the 144th Our Gang short that was released.

Second Childhood
Film poster
Directed byGus Meins
Produced byHal Roach
StarringGeorge McFarland
Carl Switzer
Darla Hood
Billie Thomas
Eugene Lee
Music byLeroy Shield
CinematographyFrancis Corby
Edited byLouis McManus
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 11, 1936 (1936-04-11)
Running time
18' 57"
CountryUnited States


On the occasion of her 65th birthday, a crotchety hypochondriac (Zeffie Tilbury) goes through her daily rant as her snooty servants ply her with colorful but unnecessary pills. Her "celebration" is interrupted when a toy plane owned by the gang crashes through her dining room window and shatters a vase. Forced to do the old lady's yardwork to pay for the damage, the kids ever so gradually win her heart, mostly by refusing to mollycoddle her as her servants have done for so many years.

Before long, the gang's new "Grandma" is singing along with Spanky and Alfalfa, demolishing her pill bottles with a slingshot, embarking upon a wild roller-skate ride through her drafty mansion—and having the time of her life in the process.[1]

Production notes

Unbeknownst to the cast, Zeffie Tilbury was blind. In between takes, she was led around by her staff. This would be the last episode directed by Gus Meins.

Second Childhood was partially remade as Kiddie Kure, featuring much of the same cast.


The Gang

Additional cast

See also


  1. Kinetz, Erika. "New York Times: Second Childhood". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-09-21.

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