Copyrighted August 20, 1935, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP5745. Renewed
June 21, 1963, with registration no. R317564. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2030.
Released September 21, 1935. It was the 138th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Little Papa".'
King World Productions episode no. 35, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.
writing - Hal Yates, Carl Harbaugh, James
Parrott, Charlie Hall, Frank Butler, Hal Law, Frank Tashlin and Gordon Douglas
may have been among the gag writers.
property department - Charles Oelze was probably
involved in this capacity.
titles - Louis McManus probably designed the main titles.
animal training - Tony Campanaro may have been
among the animal trainers.
George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky" aka "Spank"
Lead role. Alfalfa calls him "Uncle Spanky" while talking to the baby. His mother leaves him in
charge of the baby and he spends the film trying to get her to sleep.
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa"
Featured role. He joins Spanky in the house to try to get the baby to sleep and sings a lullaby.
Baby Patsy Dittemore
Featured role. The similarity between Baby Patsy Dittemore and Baby Patsy May, who appeared in
"Divot Diggers" (no. 142), is not coincidental. When she was 19 days old, her mother died and she was
taken in by her maternal grandparents and eventually adopted by them, taking their last name of May. She's featured
very strongly in this film. Spanky refers to her as a 'him' at one point. The press book states that Baby Patsy was
'not quite 14 months' when she appeared in the film, which would place it prior to May 20th.
Scotty Beckett as "Scotty" aka "Scott"
Supporting role. During the first part of the film in the yard, he's almost on equal footing with
Spanky and Alfalfa, but doesn't join them inside.
Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat"
Supporting role. He provides some comic relief during the yard scenes.
Small part. His repeated comments wear thin on the others' patience.
Small part. He has a fair share of the dialogue among the peripheral players.
Small part. He has a bit of dialogue, but is mostly an ensemble player.
Small part. He's purely an ensemble player.
Eva Lee "Marvel" Kuney
Stand-in. The payroll ledgers reveal that she was present on each day of shooting except the last.
However, watching the film, I find it possible to only identify Patsy Dittemore whenever the baby's face is shown. For
this reason, I'm assuming that Kuney was hired to double for Dittemore.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
Small parts. The chicken coop shows six ducklings, who the baby joins for a swim, and at least five
chickens. Only one grown duck seems to be there. Maltin & Bann also list Pete the Pup, but he's not in the film.
Ruth Hiatt as Spanky's mom
Small part. She's seen briefly ordering Spanky to mind the baby.
"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A15.) This is played over the opening titles and as we're introduced to the kids. A small portion is repeated
as the film closes.
"Emmet's Lullaby" by Joseph K. Emmet
Written in 1876. Also known as "Go To Sleep, My Baby." In this film, it's sung by Alfalfa.
A memo of May 31, 1935, signed by William Terhune, states that the title of the film will be "Little
A memo of June 4, 1935, also signed by Terhune, describes the main titles for the film. Originally, Elmer Raguse was
indicated as the sound man, but his name was scratched out and replaced by Delaplain's.
A memo of June 10, 1935, states that the main titles were sent to New York via air mail. Delaplain is listed in this
Released July 6, 1994. Also released as part of 12 VHS boxed set. This is a complete original print with
excellent picture quality. The total footage lasts 19:27. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
Released Oct. 1992. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening title is remade, but the crew
credits and end title are original. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 19:03, but the
original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:08.
My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page: Rob Stone (for providing the production number) Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information) Matthew Lydick (for the correct spelling of Dickie DeNeut's last name) Paul Mular (for providing info on the Cabin Fever laserdiscs)