Shiver My Timbers
Series: Our Gang Distribution: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer  Director: Robert F. McGowan Cinematography: Art Lloyd 
Production: G-2 Type: Sound short Producer: Robert F. McGowan, Hal Roach Editor: Richard C. Currier
Released: 10 October 1931 Length: 2-reels Dialogue: H.M. Walker Sound recording: Elmer Raguse


We begin with dozens of sword-waving pirates storming a ship before we cut to a sideburn-wearing sea captain (Billy Gilbert) who is telling the kids stories of his days at sea.  But when his words begin to sound a little graphic (chopping off the pirate's heads etc.) some of the kids get scared.  The second story is about the captain's voyage to the Pole when Stymie pipes up with a story about his pole cat.
Echo (Dorothy DeBorba) runs off to tell Miss Crabtree (June Marlowe) that the children are playing hooky from school by listening to the captain's stories down by the docks.  Crabtree puts Echo in charge of the empty classroom as she goes to investigate.  Meanwhile, the captain and Stymie continue to engage in confusing conversation over polar bears and malaria.  Crabtree goes to see the sea captain and all the kids run and hide, with the exception of Marmalade (Carlena Beard).  The teacher remonstrates with the captain and threatens to tell the children's parents that he is keeping them from going to school on account of his stories.
Pete's barking gives away the kids' hiding places and Crabtree tells them she is going to inform their parents.  Stymie hits back with such naivety when she threatens to tell his father: "Well you'll have to wait ten days because he's in jail".
The captain takes the teacher aside and tells her he has a plan to set things right so that the kids lose interest in sailing with him and becoming pirates and treasure hunters.  Later that night the gang show up at the docks all dressed up in pirates costumes and ready to go off with the captain.  Once they get on board they find themselves at the mercy of a group of pirates, all acting out the captain's wishes to scare the children out of wanting to go to sea.


  Favourite bit

Production G-2 - Our Gang series.
The 109th film in the series.
Copyrighted October 1, 1930.

Filming dates
June 29 - July 9, 1930.

When Stymie questions the sea captain on the polar bears at a funeral, he is of course referring to pallbearers.
The children all meet up on the docks at night with the intention of going off with Billy Gilbert on his boat.  Just what parent(s) would allow their young child to do such a thing unaccompanied by an adult - at night?!

Sherwood Bailey
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
Dorothy DeBorba
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins
George Ernest
Jerry Tucker
Carlena Beard
  Harry Bernard
Billy Gilbert
Sea captain
  Dick Gilbert
  Jack Hill
June Marlowe
Miss June Crabtree
Charles Oelze
Pirate with funny glasses
  Cy Slocum


Acknowledgements: (Robert Demoss/The Lucky Corner) (Our Gang Wiki)
Richard W. Bann (help with cast identification)

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