In the final scene of "Helping Hands," seven little toddlers are marching down the street in the parade. As the toddlers are moving forward, they reveal "THE END" spelled out on the obverse side of their diapers, one letter for each child (except for the middle youngster whose diaper was blank, representing a space, between the two three-letter words). A line drawing of the MGM Leo-the-Lion and torches insignia logo then fades in near the bottom of the screen. See more »
Released just prior to Pearl Harbor, Helping Hands is Our Gang goes to war... in the form of learning how to bolster the national defense by conducting scrap metal drives and buying defense stamps. Utterly weird and inconceivable by earlier Hal Roach standards, this kind of stuff became the norm for MGM. Yeah, the plot line is understandable given the times, but the laughs are non-existent. Instead of gags you get a sermon. This mentality along with MGM's gradual infusion of untalented kids that replaced the veterans would mean the death knell of the series. I can't imagine a 9-year old wanting to watch Helping Hands today. Pretty bad, folks!
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