Little Mother (1929)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Comedy  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Though completed before the first "Our Gang" talkie Small Talk, the silent two-reeler Little Mother was released afterward, on June 1, 1929. Mary Ann Jackson plays the title role, the 6-year-old guardian of her twin brothers Wheezer and Beezer (Bobby Hutchins and Donnie Smith) while their widowed father (Warner Richmond) works as a night watchman. Still blissfully ignorant regarding the finality of death, Mary Ann hopes that someday her mother will return from Heaven. Thanks to the arrival of her late mom's identical twin sister (Lyle Tayo), Mary Ann's wish comes true -- sort of. A subplot involves tubby Joe Cobb's efforts to get some sleep while Wheezer and Beezer carry on. Little Mother was one of 13 silent "Our Gang" comedies included in the original "Little Rascals" TV package.