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Bouncing Babies (1929)

With Wheezer's new baby brother getting all the attention, he tries to send the baby back.

Director:

Robert F. McGowan (as Robert McGowan)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (story editor)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ... Chubby (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jean Darling ... Jean (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Ann Jackson ... Mary Ann (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Harry Spear Harry Spear ... Harry (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Pete the Dog ... Pete (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Atkins Thomas Atkins ... Wheezer's little brother (unconfirmed)
Billy O'Brien Billy O'Brien ... (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

With Wheezer's new baby brother getting all the attention, he tries to send the baby back.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1929 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The date of release: October 12th, 1929, was 437 years after historic ships of Christopher Columbus' first trip to North America, on October 12, 1492, {Julian Calendar}. See more »

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Robert McGowan's voice can be heard giving directions during the mom, dad, and baby sequence. See more »

Quotes

Wheezer: [to his mother] Why don't you dress me, and let that ol' little baby dress himself. All he wears is a bandana.
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Featured in Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse (1984) See more »

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Trying to exchange the baby for a goat
2 October 2017 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is the fifth Little Rascals sound film, and it is particularly hilarious. The star of this 20 minute film is four year-old Wheezer, who successfully dominates the film. This is also the first film in which Pete the Dog has a prominent acting part, does tricks, and takes a key part in the action. (In previous films he had merely hung around in the background.) Pete pulls Wheezer's nightie off for him, and holds Wheezer's short trousers up when he is trying to get dressed. The dog also accompanies Wheezer on all his adventures and is his indispensable companion. There are so many sight gags and incidents in this short film that it is impossible to list them all. Wheezer's older sister is six year-old Mary Ann, who is just as charming and talented as always. Wheezer is feeling put out because his mother has had a baby, who now gets all the parental attention. Wheezer keeps trying to attract his parents' attention but all they can do is keep cooing over the baby. Wheezer's parents, who have a lot of speaking lines, are played by Dora Dean and Eddie Dunn, though they are uncredited, since grown-ups don't count in this series. Wheezer becomes so fed up he and Pete run away from home (again, as he does this often). He encounters Farina sitting on a bench and tells him his troubles. Then Chubby and some other kids in Halloween costumes (though it is daylight) scare them and chase them around, and Wheezer goes home. He then decides to take the baby back to the hospital and exchange it for a goat. He pushes the cot, which is on wheels, along the streets and across a busy intersection, not realizing that the real baby is still at home and the lump under the blanket is a doll left there by his sister. The nurses at the hospital agree to take the baby (doll) back and phone his mother, but say they have no goat available. So he goes home, where Mary Ann and her mother pretend to be weeping pitifully at the loss of the baby. Wheezer is upset, and says he will go and get the baby back, so he goes to the hospital again with Pete to retrieve the baby, only to be told that he is too late, because the baby has already been sent back to heaven. He returns and tells this sad news to his mother and sister. They say that if he will pray, 'like you did before the baby was born', maybe the angels will bring him back. So he and Pete the Dog both kneel down beside one another and earnestly pray for the return of the baby. It is remarkable how Pete really does look like he is praying. Meanwhile the baby crawls into the room, picks up a stick, and whacks Wheezer. I have omitted the sequence where Wheezer is 'fixing his own breakfast' and makes pancakes out of plaster of Paris. This is a really successful episode in the series.


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