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Free Wheeling (1932)

Approved | | Family, Comedy, Short | 1 October 1932 (USA)
Stymie takes Dickie for a ride in his runaway car and cures his stiff neck.

Director:

Robert F. McGowan (as Robert McGowan)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie
Dorothy DeBorba ... Dorothy
Kendall McComas Kendall McComas ... Breezy Brisbane
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky
Dickie Moore ... Dickie
Jackie Lyn Dufton Jackie Lyn Dufton ... Jacquie (as Jacquie Lyn)
Douglas Greer Douglas Greer ... Gang Member
Bobby Mallon Bobby Mallon ... Kid Paddled by Taxi Driver
Johnnie Mae Beard Johnnie Mae Beard ... Stymie's Mother
Estelle Etterre ... Nurse
Creighton Hale ... Dickie's Father
Theresa Harris ... Maid
Wilfred Lucas ... The Specialist
Lillian Rich ... Dickie's Mother
Harry Bernard ... Roadside Worker
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Storyline

Stymie takes Dickie for a ride in his runaway car and cures his stiff neck.

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Genres:

Family | Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sem Freio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Johnnie Mae Beard, Matthew Beard's mother, plays Stymie's mom in this film. See more »

Quotes

Nurse: Besides, you're not strong enough.
Dickie: WHO isn't strong enough?
[He pulls the nurse off her chair. She falls to the floor and he straddles her!]
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Alternate Versions

When the short aired on television during the 1970s the scene where Stymie's mother was calling for him to take the laundry to Dick's parent's house was edited out because it was felt that it was racially insensitive. Similarly, the scene where Dick's mother referred to Stymie as "that colored boy" was also later edited out for the same reason. See more »

Connections

Featured in Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Bride's Song
(uncredited)
Music by Leroy Shield
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Among the Best!
14 May 2004 | by LAKERS34See all my reviews

I recently bought a collection of Little Rascals shorts on DVD for my 3 year old daughter...needless to say she loves these pieces more than anything on TV today...she's memorized many of the lines in them and will quip off at will at any time around the house... This particular episode serves as a sterling example of the Little Rascals at their best...not only the kids but the adult team of McGowan, Roach, and Walker. Their direction and writing are fantastic, and create humor that is enjoyable and timeless... 70 years later we still find ourselves in stitches watching the gang's adventures.

This episode features Dickie Moore and Stymie Beard, along with Spanky, Kendall McComas (Brisbane), and Dorothy (DeBorba)... The premise of the sick rich kid wanting to "rough it up a bit" with the "street urchins" is refreshing to this day...color of skin was no barrier. The taxi contraption is ingenious and hilarious to watch in action. Spanky provides priceless comic relief going up against the poor little monkey. In the end, every issue is resolved and it even seems Dickie's (rich kid) parents view Stymie (street urchin) as a hero! Look for Stymie's real-life mother in a brief cameo...

Could you imagine how much fun it would be if we could watch one of these shorts in a theater before the main attraction (instead of all the commercial advertising)like the old days? Imagine what a treat people who've never heard of this series would be in for!


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