Baby Brother  
26 June 1927
Pathé Exchange
silent short


Directors: Robert A. McGowan, Charles Oelze  Producer: Hal Roach  Titles: H.M. Walker
Cinematography: Art Lloyd  Editor: Richard C. Currier

"The story of a little boy who had everything he wanted - except a baby brother - and a shotgun."  The film opens with Joe Cobb sitting at a musical piano with his Pekingese dog whilst two servants of the house walk past him.  A close-up shot on the boy reveals he is not actually playing the instrument, but rather it is a mechanical piano which is playing a pre-programmed tune.  The words on the lyric sheet spell out and highlight the boy's sadness as he sits there crying.
In the next room his father makes a telephone call as Joe speeds up the piano to try and lighten his mood.  The father momentarily puts the telephone receiver down when the servant brings him a drink.  This is unseen by the father, who then picks it up and holds the glass to his ear.  The snobbish mother comes down the stairs to observe.
The father instructs her to tell Joe to stop making the "racket" with the piano, claiming he sounds more like a trained seal than a son.  The mother ridicules Joe for "looking funny" when he cries.  The mother tells the nursemaid (Anita Garvin) to keep Joe out all day because she doesn't want her bridge game interrupted.  The nursemaid is disgusted with the mother's arrogance and comforts the crying boy.
The nursemaid wipes Joe's nose and offers to take him down to her own neighborhood, where there are lots of other little boys.  He is immediately excited.
Some of the gang are out in the yard tossing a baseball when we are introduced to a small group of baby children.

  Favourite bit

•The 61st film in the series.
•Production K-19 - Our Gang series.
•Filmed between February 17 - March 14, 1927.
•Copyrighted May 18, 1927.
•Although released as a 2-reel short, the DVD print runs almost 29 minutes which would indicate either the transfer was slowed down or the film was originally 3-reels.
This was the first of 62 appearances in the series for Wheezer - who went by the character name of 'Horatio' in this film.
Did you notice?
•The piano was made in Boston, USA.
•The words that spell out in the musical piano are; "I'm lonesone, I guess, that's all."

Joe Cobb
  Jackie Condon
  Jean Darling
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
Jannie Hoskins
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins
  Scooter Lowry
Jay R. Smith
Clifton Young
Eulalie Jensen
Joe's mother
  Mildred Kornman
Jackie's sister
  David Monahan
Richard Smith
Robert Smith
Anita Garvin
Amorous nursemaid
Chet Brandenburg
Shoeshine worker
  Harry Earles
Gus, one of Barr's midgets
  Ben Hall
Man with glasses
Oliver Hardy
Nursemaid's boyfriend
  Lyle Tayo
Party guest
  Symona Boniface
Party guest
  Silas D. Wilcox
Lincoln Plumer
Joe's father
Nasturtium (main baby)

Acknowledgements: (Robert Demoss/The Lucky Corner)
"The Little Rascals: The Life And Times Of Our Gang" by Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann (book)
Matthew Lydick (information and identification of Eulalie Jensen)

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