Bedtime Worries
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Directed byRobert F. McGowan
Produced byRobert F. McGowan
Hal Roach
StarringGeorge McFarland
Matthew Beard
Tommy Bond
Jerry Tucker
Georgie Billings
Pete the Pup
Emerson Treacy
Gay Seabrook
Harry Bernard
Billy Bletcher
Lee Phelps
Frank Terry
CinematographyHap Depew
Edited byWilliam H. Terhune
Music byLeroy Shield
Marvin Hatley
Distributed byMGM
Release date
  • September 9, 1933 (1933-09-09)
Running time
CountryUnited States

Bedtime Worries is a 1933 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. It was the 124th (36th talking episode) Our Gang short released.


On the day he is promoted to head clerk (or "head cluck," as Spanky mistakenly puts it), Spanky's father (Emerson Treacy) declares that it is time Spanky stopped sleeping in his parents' room and go to bed in his own room. Earlier, the gang asked Spanky if they could board Pete, their dog. Spanky could not do that. During his first night alone, Spanky envisions all sorts of imaginary horrors, from a bat (actually a moth) to "the boogeyman."

Thus, when a burglar (Harry Bernard) climbs into Spanky's window, the boy's dozing parents fail to believe his story. Passing himself off as Santa Claus, the burglar attempts to steal everything that is not nailed down. The homeless gang stop at Spanky's house to stay. He tells them Santa was visiting and when Stymie sees him, he realizes that this man is a burglar. The gang comes to the rescue and tackle down the burglar and the police arrive and take the burglar away.[2]

Production notes

With Bobby Hutchins, Dickie Moore and Dorothy DeBorba having departed after the previous film (Mush and Milk), Spanky is left to carry the next two films. New Our Gang members would not be introduced until 1934

Bedtime Worries was the first film since 1930 to employ only a minimal music score, relying more on dialogue than visual humor.


The Gang

Additional cast

See also


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  2. ^ Hal Erickson (2011). "New York Times: Bedtime Worries". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2008.