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The gang is participating in a program sponsored by the Golden Age Dramatic League. They present their own fractured version of Quo Vadis? (1924). Things go from bad to worse when the ... See full summary »

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Robert A. McGowan (as Anthony Mack)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (story editor)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ... Chubby / Nero (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina / Farinacus (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Cooper ... Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Ann Jackson ... Mary Ann / Mary Annicus (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Donald Haines Donald Haines ... Donny (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Edith Fellows ... Girls Scared of Elephant (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Gordon Thorpe Gordon Thorpe ... Effeminate boy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Douglas Greer Douglas Greer ... Turkey Egg, curtain pulller (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pete the Dog ... Pete
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Storyline

The gang is participating in a program sponsored by the Golden Age Dramatic League. They present their own fractured version of Quo Vadis? (1924). Things go from bad to worse when the neighborhood tough kids disrupt the show. The pie fight is given a new twist by use of some slow motion sequences. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the play being performed by "The Pupils of B. Grade, Liberty School", the announcement poster notes that "The Gladiator's Dilemma" was authored by "Mrs. Funston Evergreen Kennedy" (apparently the wife of Kennedy the Cop who is also involved in the production) "with acknowledgement of excerpts from Shakespeare, Confucius, Aristophanes, Bacon, Cervantes and Irwin S. Cobb". The inclusion of Cobb (1876-1944, whose first name in reality is spelled "Irvin"), the only living writer in the list and the only one not usually associated with "great literature", is obviously meant as a contemporary joke. See more »

Quotes

Nero's Spy: [the kids are completely unprepared, constantly needing offstage prompting] The oriental girls do their ori-... their wild, pag-... , pagan dance, to make... to make...
Kennedy the Cop: [for once, Kennedy upstages his wife giving a joke prompt from the wings] To make whoopee!
Nero's Spy: [with renewed confidence] To make whoopee!
Jackie: Forsooth!... Nero was in a terrible rage today...
Mrs. Funston Evergreen Kennedy: [from offstage] And well may...
Jackie: And well may we all tremble in our pants.
Mrs. Funston Evergreen Kennedy: [from offstage] *Togas.*
Jackie: Well, anyway, he has used up all his Christian ...
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The Blue Danube
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Poor Short
14 November 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Shivering Shakespeare (1930)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Kennedy the Cop's wife puts on a play of "Quo Vadis" and wouldn't you know that she casts the gang to major parts. The first night of the play kicks off and naturally the kids begin to forget their lines and more bad stuff happens, which all leads to a big pie fight. Once again it seems the screenwriter didn't even try to make this thing funny. I'm sitting and watching this short and kept asking myself where it was trying to gain comedy from. From the forgotten lines? This didn't work. From the curtains falling at the wrong time? Perhaps this was suppose to be funny but it's not. Is the pie fight suppose to be funny? Well, I guess it is but I've yet to watch one that has made me laugh. I'm only familiar with the later day shorts and some of the silents but I'm finding those so much better than these early sound ones. Hopefully I'll run into some better ones soon.


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