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Babes in Toyland (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 14 December 1934 (USA)
Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's boogeymen are set on Toyland.

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Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep's shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby. When that fails, they trick Barnaby into marrying Stanley Dum instead of Bo Peep. Enraged, Barnaby unleashes the bogeymen from their caverns to destroy Toyland. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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1 and 1/2 hours of laughter!


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March of the Wooden Soldiers  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Filmed almost entirely inside sound stages at Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, California. The only "outdoor" scenes are when the Bogeymen cross the river to invade Toyland, which were filmed at the water tank (essentially a big swimming pool) on the Roach back lot. An exterior set was built along three sides of the tank, with the rocky Bogeyland on one end and the gates of Toyland on the other. These scenes were shot at night (as dictated by the story) and with diffusion filters to give them an artificial look consistent with the stage-bound settings of the rest of the film. Stock footage of crocodiles was inserted to give the impression that the water was teeming with carnivorous reptiles. See more »

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Barnaby and the Bogeymen invade Toyland by crossing a crocodile-filled river on a large raft. When the Wooden Soldiers drive them out of the city and back to the river, the raft is inexplicably missing - ensuring that the Bogeymen will not escape from the hungry crocodiles. See more »

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[first lines]
Chief of Police: Come, come, children. On your way to school.
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(main title of re-release version) March of the Wooden Soldiers formerly Babes in Toyland See more »

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Version of Babes in Toyland (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ku-Ku Song
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
Played by the orchestra over first opening credit
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conversation with henry brandon
11 April 2001 | by (palm bay, fla. united states) – See all my reviews

first i must disagree with the review of your last member on his appraisal of henry brandons role as mr. barnaby. my wife and i were personal friends of henry brandon and it was his favorite role and his first. he maintained a friendship with stan laurel and oliver hardy until their passings. he was scheduled to appear at a laurel and hardy convention in july of 1990 with ms. charlotte henry and my wife and i were to meet him there. his recollection of the production sets were of vivid colors. when he attended the preview of the film he was disappointed because all he saw were greys and black and whites. he wished that hal roach would have shot the film in color even two strip technicolor. when talking to him about his long career always babes in toyland was foremost in his mind. the film holds up well today with another generation of children ( my grandkids included} and adults enjoying this trip into the world of fairytales and make believe. recently it has been released in computerized color, but i prefer the original black and white; but i think henry brandon would be happy to see his supreme villiany in the color version. a wonderful film, laurel and hardy at their best and the birth of a cinema villain for decades to come, my friend henry brandon nee kleinbach. yours at the movies joe rinando.


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