|Robert F. McGowan
F. Richard Jones
H. M. Walker
|William H. Terhune
Wild Poses is short subject in the Our Gang (The Little Rascals) series. It was produced and directed by Robert F. McGowan for Hal Roach Studios and first released on October 28, 1933 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was the 125th Our Gang short that was released.
Otto Phocus (Franklin Pangborn) is a haughty photographer hellbent on taking a formal portrait of a terrified Spanky (George McFarland). The little guy has been told by the gang that Phocus plans to "shoot" him; thinking the camera is a cannon. This leads Spanky to avoid having his picture taken, and his habit of punching Phocus in the face with regularity.
Phocus serves as Spanky's foil in other ways as well. He tries to get Spanky to pose with an exaggerated sweet smile on his face; when Spanky sees Phocus' ridiculous grimace he turns to his Dad (Emerson Treacy) and says, "Hey Pop, do you see what I see?" Later, when Spanky's friends have filled the rubber shutter bulb with water, and Phocus squeezes it, squirting Spanky's Dad with water, his Mom (Gay Seabrook) tells Spanky, "That's how they take watercolor pictures." Finally, after having successfully taken Spanky's picture, Phocus discovers the gang exposed his photographic plates, rendering "all my lovely work for nothing!". Spanky manages to give him one more "buss" before his family leaves the studio in disgust.
- George McFarland as Spanky
- Matthew Beard as Stymie
- Tommy Bond as Tommy
- Jerry Tucker as Jerry
- Georgie Billings as Darby
- Gay Seabrook as Gay, Spanky's mother
- Emerson Treacy as Emerson, Spanky's father
- Franklin Pangborn as Otto Phocus, the portrait photographer
- Georgie Billings as Georgie
- Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as Babies
- George Stevens, Jr. as Role unknown (scenes deleted)
Laurel and Hardy cameo
At the beginning of the film, a salesman is seen soliciting Otto Phocus' services throughout a residential neighborhood. At one home, he tells a housewife that she has "two of the most photogenic children" he has ever seen.
The camera cuts to reveal the woman's two children, portrayed in a brief cameo by Laurel and Hardy, dressed in baby clothes and using giant sets from their short Brats (1930). Laurel and Hardy briefly fight over a baby bottle, until Laurel eye-pokes Hardy and emerges victorious as the scene transitions to set the main plot in motion.
This would be the last Our Gang short directed by Robert McGowan until 1936's "Divot Diggers". The entire film employs background music again, now a mix of Leroy Shield recordings and other studio recordings. The film was done with a feel of a sitcom and focuses again around Spanky. The depleted gang, now only three children (Georgie Billings plays a kid Darby who is with his mom and not part of the gang) basically is in the background throughout the episode, though unlike Bedtime Worries, they do not appear to be homeless.
- Wild Poses at the Internet Movie Database
- Wild Poses at the TCM Movie Database
- Wild Poses at AllMovie