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Baby Blues (1941)

Mickey's mother is about to deliver her fourth child. But Mickey, after reading in the almanac that one out of every four children born into the world is Chinese, is afraid the baby will be... See full summary »

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Edward L. Cahn
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Mickey's mother is about to deliver her fourth child. But Mickey, after reading in the almanac that one out of every four children born into the world is Chinese, is afraid the baby will be Chinese. Frightened at this prospect, the Our Gang drop by to visit Lee Wong, the son of the Chinese laundry man. They hope to learn what to expect of an oriental baby. In the process the Our Gang save Lee Wong from some politically incorrect bullies. In gratitude, Lee Wong's mother invites the Our Gang for lunch. The gang is relieved when the meal turns out to be ham and eggs rather than the fried mouse tails which they were expecting. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Family | Comedy | Short

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Baby Blues is a nice Our Gang short that preaches tolerance but isn't funny, otherwise
28 January 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This M-G-M comedy short, Baby Blues, is the one hundred ninety-seventh entry in the "Our Gang" series and the one hundred ninth talkie. Mickey's mother is expecting and he's excited...until he reads an almanac that says "Every fourth child is born Chinese". After getting no answers from the zoo stork, Spanky takes his pal to see his Chinese friend Lee Wong (Edward Soo Hoo) whose family turns out to be not that different from us. I'll stop there and just say this is a far cry from the early silent short in the series, Lodge Night, when the gang had an organization called the Cluck Cluck Klams (no need to mention what that name spoofs) even with Sunshine Sammy and Farina as members! While it's nice to see the gang practicing tolerance here, there's hardly anything funny in the short, certainly nothing that made me laugh since neither trying to talk to the stork nor their assumptions of lunch consisting of rats' tails or birds' nests was what I'd call hilarious. So on that note, Baby Blues isn't recommended except for any OG completists out there. P.S. Since I always like to cite when a player from my favorite movie-It's a Wonderful Life-is in something else, here it's William Edmonds, Mr. Martini in that film, as Mickey's father. And Janet Burston here plays one of Mickey's sisters.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1941 (USA) See more »

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Too Many Sisters See more »

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Budget:

$17,140 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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