Bouncing Babies

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Bouncing Babies
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Directed by Robert F. McGowan
Produced by Robert F. McGowan
Hal Roach
Written by Robert F. McGowan
H.M. Walker
Starring Bobby Hutchins
Mary Ann Jackson
Dora Dean
Allen Hoskins
Jean Darling
Harry Spear
Jackie Cooper
Cinematography F. E. Hershey
Art Lloyd
Edited by Richard C. Currier
Distributed by MGM
Release date
October 12, 1929
Running time
20' 46"[1]
Country United States
Language English

Bouncing Babies is a 1929 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan.[2][3] Produced by Hal Roach and released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was the 92nd Our Gang short to be released.


Wheezer is jealous of his baby brother, who gets all the attention from his family while Wheezer is ignored and expected to behave like a "big boy". After a failed attempt at making his own breakfast (and being spanked for doing so), Wheezer attempts to run away from home with Pete the Pup. After he happens upon Farina, they both find themselves on the receiving end of Halloween pranks from the gang in their costumes.

Farina tells Wheezer a tall tale about trading in an unwanted baby sibling for a goat and inspires Wheezer to try the same. However, when Wheezer arrives at the hospital with the baby carriage (which unknown to him holds Mary Ann's doll), not the baby) in order to "change the baby for a goat," a nurse plays along, but also calls Wheezer's mother and informs her of what he's done. Wheezer's mother and his sister Mary Ann pretend to be distraught over the baby's disappearance.

After seeing his mother crying, a remorseful Wheezer rushes back to the hospital to retrieve his brother, but the nurse informs him that it's too late. Wheezer returns home alone, and his mother tells him to pray for the baby to return. Wheezer, gets on his knees and begins praying, only for the baby to come out of hiding and bop Wheezer on the head.


This short marks the last Our Gang comedy for Jean Darling and Harry Spear. Some sources list also list Joe Cobb as a cast member, but he does not appear onscreen.


The Gang[edit]

Additional cast[edit]

  • Jackie Cooper as Kid listening to Farina's story
  • Bobby Mallon as Kid listening to Farina's story
  • Dora Dean as Mrs. Dean, the mother
  • Eddie Dunn as Eddie, the father
  • Lyle Tayo as Nurse
  • Tommy Atkins as Wheezer's little brother (unconfirmed)

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Silent Era: Bouncing Babies". silentera. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  3. ^ "New York Times: Bouncing Babies". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 

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