Second Childhood (film)

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Second Childhood
Second Childhood poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Gus Meins
Produced by Hal Roach
Starring George McFarland
Carl Switzer
Darla Hood
Billie Thomas
Eugene Lee
Music by Leroy Shield
Cinematography Francis Corby
Edited by Louis McManus
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 11, 1936 (1936-04-11)
Running time
18' 57"
Country United States
Language English

Second Childhood is a 1936 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins. It was the 144th Our Gang short that was released.


On the occasion of her 65th birthday, a crotchety hypochondriac (Zeffie Tilbury) goes through her daily rant as her snooty servants ply her with colorful but unnecessary pills. Her "celebration" is interrupted when a toy plane owned by the gang crashes through her dining room window and shatters a vase. Forced to do the old lady's yardwork to pay for the damage, the kids ever so gradually win her heart, mostly by refusing to mollycoddle her as her servants have done for so many years.

Before long, the gang's new "Grandma" is singing along with Spanky and Alfalfa, demolishing her pill bottles with a slingshot, embarking upon a wild roller-skate ride through her drafty mansion—and having the time of her life in the process.[1]


  • Unbeknownst to the cast, Zeffie Tilbury was blind. In between takes, she was led around by her staff.
  • This would be the last episode directed by Gus Meins.


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  1. ^ Kinetz, Erika. "New York Times: Second Childhood". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 

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