Filmed February 4 to 13, 1929. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Released June 1, 1929. It was the 87th film in the series to be released.
Copyrighted June 3, 1929, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP430. Renewed
September 13, 1956, with registration no. R176898. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2024.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Little
Small part. She's seen briefly at the end of the film.
Pete (no. 1)
Supporting role. He lives in the house with Mary Ann and the twins, and figures into a lot of the gag material.
Small part. This is the tabby that lives in the house.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
Bit part. There is also a mouse that Pete chases into a vase.
Warner Richmond as the kids' dad
Supporting role. He appears in the early part of the film and returns towards the end. He works as a
night watchman, which is why Mary has to watch the twins overnight.
Lyle Tayo as the kids' aunt, and as the kids' mom in the painting
Small part. She's shown as the mother in the painting, and then appears at the end of the film as the
mother's twin sister.
Bit part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's the bearded man who gets showered.
Gene Stone as one of the pedestrians
Bit part. He's the man in glasses who gets showered.
Charlie Hall as the cab driver
Bit part. According to Maltin & Bann. It's too difficult to tell with this print.
Bit parts and extras.
(1.) The black woman that the twins think is their mother.
(2.) Joe's mom.
(3.) The dowager that gets sprayed, which might be Lillianne Leighton.
(4.) The cop that chases the kids away from the fire hydrant.
(5.) The cop that chases the kids away during the deleted 'funny glasses' footage.
(6.) Several pedestrians getting showered. According to Maltin & Bann, one of these is Ed Brandenberg,
but I can't tell which one.
Hal E. Roach Studios
The New York street set was used for the fire hydrant scene.
The black woman is standing next to this.
This might be the same one seen in earlier films like "Ask Grandma" (no. 38).
9 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Five weeks after shooting finished for "Fast Freight"
(no. 85), the 'start' date arrived for "Little Mother" on Feb. 4th. The studio had been closed
for four of those weeks. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Feb. 13th. Information written into the
1929 studio datebook for Feb. 14th was crossed out. No shooting took place on Feb. 3rd or 10th, which were both Sundays.
Robert F. McGowan directed on each of the shooting dates. After this, one week passed before the Our Gang unit began
filming "Cat, Dog & Co." (no. 87).
The twins munch on Superior Brand Dried Apples, which don't react well with a bedtime glass of water.
Publicity photos refer to the kids as Roach's Rascals.
A scene deleted from the finished film involved a small business run by the Gang with a sign that reads 'Funny
Look How You Look.' In a publicity photo, Farina tries on some funny glasses as Joe holds a mirror for him to look
into. Jean is the cashier, while Harry looks on. A second photo shows a cop chasing them away. More deleted footage seems
to be connected to a photo showing Mary and the twins looking out a window at the Gang, who are flenching their fists at
This copy is a home movie print from Blackhawk, but with the company name blacked out. There is a textual
introduction. The inter-titles are remade, but appear to retain the original wording. It appears that there may be a
few missing. The picture quality is fairly good. The print totals 19:13, with about 16:30 of it original footage.
It appears that almost all of the original footage is included. This version has appeared numerous on bootlegs.
There's a European video release of this film lasting 19:45. The titles are all remade, with the
object of making them appear original. However, the font is not quite the same as on the original prints, and there are
one or two mistakes. Music is provided by the Beau Hunks with sound effects.
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My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page: Henry Sorenson (for providing info about the European video release of this film) Rob Stone (for providing the production number and shooting dates) Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information)