One of June Marlowe's films with the gang was LOVE BUSINESS. Which I think of as being related to the Thelma Todd series.
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|Directed by||Robert F. McGowan|
|Produced by||Robert F. McGowan|
|Written by||H. M. Walker|
|Music by||Leroy Shield|
|Editing by||Richard C. Currier|
Love Business is a 1931 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. It was the 104th (16th talking episode) Our Gang short that was released.
Jackie is hopelessly in love with Miss Crabtree. At the same time, his sister Mary Ann tells their mother that Jackie is in love with Miss Crabtree. Jackie runs off to school without eating breakfast. Meanwhile, Miss Crabtree becomes a boarder in Jackie's home and moves in later that day. Chubby also is in love with Miss Crabtree and practices kissing her on an oversized cardboard statue of Greta Garbo. Then at school, Wheezer tells Jackie, Mary Ann, Chubby, Farina, Donald, and Bonedust that Miss Crabtree was moving into their house. Jackie has mixed emotions about this.
That evening, Miss Crabtree has dinner with Jackie, Mary Ann, Wheezer, and their mother. Mothballs fell into the soup a bit earlier giving the soup a very bitter taste. Later, Chubby stops in to see Miss Crabtree and recites some very romantic poetry. Miss Crabtree asks Chubby where he got all this stuff. He says from Wheezer (who got them from his mother's old love letters). Mother hears this and is about to give Wheezer a spanking but decides not to in the end.
Most of the schoolyard scenes were edited out of the Little Rascals television print in 1971 due to stereotyping of African-Americans but reinstated in 1990s home video and in 2001 AMC showings.
- Jackie Cooper - Jackie Cooper
- Norman Chaney - Norman 'Chubby'
- Bobby Hutchins - Wheezer Cooper
- Mary Ann Jackson - Mary Ann Cooper
- Allen Hoskins - Farina
- Matthew Beard - Stymie
- Dorothy DeBorba - Dorothy 'Echo'
- Donald Haines - Donald
- Clifton Young - Bonedust
- Shirley Jean Rickert - Shirley
- Pete the Pup - Petie
- June Marlowe - Miss June Crabtree
- May Wallace - May Wallace Cooper, Jackie's mother
- Jump up ^ "New York Times: Love Business". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-09-19.
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All the boys in the gang were supposed to have a crush on Miss Crabtree, which I guess was the basis of the story in this episode. I tend to think of Miss Crabtree as always having been there, but actually she was only in the series for a fairly short time. Rosina Lawrence would later play another pretty teacher in the series.
Jackie Cooper, June "Miss Crabtree" Marlowe, Shirley Jean Rickert, Norman "Chubby" Chaney, and Dorothy DeBorba.
Chubby practices kissing on a cardboard cutout of Greta Garbo in front of the theater.
His actions are echoed in the background by a photo of Charley Chase embracing Thelma Todd.
LOVE BUSINESS was followed by LOVE FEVER, a "Boy Friends" comedy in which the girls' boyfriends all fell for Thelma Todd. This film was then followed by LET'S DO THINGS, the first Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd comedy. Which also had the "boy friends" and their girl friends from that series in cameo appearances.
But then, people are said to have thought of the Hal Roach studio as all being like one big family.
Hal Roach experimented with spoken titles at the beginning of his films in place of the usual print variety. Betty Mae and Beverly Crane voiced the credits for several of his comedies in this period, including LOVE BUSINESS and LOVE FEVER.
Watch LOVE BUSINESS: