Ask Grandma (1925)

Genres - Comedy  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Saddled with an overprotective mother, little Mickey Daniels is prohibited from playing with the rest of the Our Gang kids. Thanks to his understanding grandma, Mickey manages to escape his bedroom prison long enough to play on the gang's self-constructed airplane ride -- and to get into a fight with neighborhood bully Johnny Downs. Urged on by Granny, Mickey stands up to Johnny and finally gets the best of him. The whole spectacle is witnessed by Mickey's mom, whose attitude slowly shifts from outrage to delight that her son is eminently capable of fending for himself. Originally released on May 31, 1925, the silent two-reel Our Gang comedy Ask Grandma was reworked in 1930 as The First Seven Years, complete with the closing gag in which the feisty Granny pummels the bully's brute of a father. Unfortunately, most TV prints of Ask Grandma (retitled Grandma Knows Best) lack the delightful flashback sequence in which Mickey Daniels plays his own mother during her tomboyish youth.