Philbrook, Scotty, Stymie, Wally, Buckwheat, Leonard's Dad, Leonard

Production Notes

Length: Two Reel
Producer: Hal Roach
Director: Gus Meins
Photography: Francis Corby
Editor: Ray Snyder
Titles: None
Writer: Unrevealed
Released: April 13, 1934
Studio: M-G-M

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

The Short

Plot: Leonard shows off with his lasso, and lassos Marianne's doll, losing it in the street where a truck runs over it. He's hardly apologetic over it, but Marianne is very upset over it since she's had it near her through her illness. Wally Albright tries to fix it, but the sawdust filling in all falls out, so he promises Jackie, Marianne's big sister, that he'll get her a new even nicer doll with eyes that open and close by bedtime. Unfortunately, that sort of doll costs $1.25, and they can't afford it. to make things worse, Leonard's father owns and runs the store where the doll is. He'll trade Pete's use as a watchdog on behalf of the doll, but Wally can't do it. They try beating rugs for the cash, but it doesn't work and they do more damage than good. Wally has no choice but to painfully trade Pete for the doll, but on the way out with it, they accidentally break a vase and Leonard's father snatches the doll back to pay for the vase. He now has Pete and the doll until Wally and the gang pay for the damage. Not liking his new owners, Pete turns on the father and son, scaring them so badly that they'll surrender the doll if Wally takes Pete off their hands. The deal is met and despite a brief mix-up in dolls with Pete dragging Spanky and Scotty to the store and back, Marianne gets a new doll.

  • "This is getting monopomous." - Stymie
  • "You guys sure talk a great fight." - Spanky
  • "Aw, that could happen to anybody!" - Spanky
  • "They'll never learn." - Scotty
  • "Well, we learned them." - Scotty


  • This was the first appearance for William Thomas Jr. in Our Gang but not as Buckwheat. Instead he plays Stymie's little sister, while Matthew Beard's real life sister, Carlena, plays a character named Buckwheat!!
  • The alternate working title for this short was "Doll Diggers Of 1934."
  • Blooper: The shots at Marianne's window do not match very well from outside to inside or even from shot to shot. Near the beginning, when seen from the inside, the wide shot (including Jane and Marianne) shows Stymie in the middle, Wally to his right, and Tommy behind the rest. A cut to a close-up of the boys suddenly has Tommy front and center, Wally to his right, and Stymie behind. Another cut, a view from the yard looking into the window just before the boys leave to look for another doll for Marianne, Wally is now in the middle, Stymie to his right, and Tommy behind the others. At the end of the short there are similar mismatches between shots. From the outside, Wally, Tommy and Petey are the only ones at the window, while from the inside there are three boys plus Petey.
  • Blooper: When the gang realize that they got the wrong doll Petey, Spanky and Scotty run back to get it. When Spanky and Scotty slide to the door, they are right next to it, but in the next shot, they are far from it.
  • Blooper: After Petey, Spanky, and Scotty gets the doll back, Scotty loses his hat, but after a box falls on them, they take it off again, and Scotty has his hat back, but now, Spanky doesn't have his. When they make it back, Spanky has his hat back. 


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