Comedy / Family
Directed by Robert F. McGowan
Jackie Cooper as Jackie
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins as Farina
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney as Chubby
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins as Wheezer
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard as Hercules
Dorothy DeBorba as Echo
Buddy McDonald as Buddy
Mary Ann Jackson as Mary Ann
Donald Haines as Donald
Artye Folz as pea-shooter victim
Mildred Kornman as classroom extra
Bobby Mallon as classroom extra
Billy Seay as classroom extra
June 'Miss Crabtree' Marlowe as Miss June Crabtree
William Courtwright as old man
Baldwin Cooke as caterer
Gordon Douglas as caterer
Beverly and Betty Mae Crane as title readers
Considered one of the best, if not the best, of the Our Gang / Little Rascals comedy shorts, Teacher’s Pet was released by MGM in 1930, and was directed by Robert F. McGowan. The movie includes the first appearances in the series by June Marlowe as Miss Crabtree and by Matthew ‘Stymie’ Beard.
The gang is really worried. Their teacher, Miss McGillicuddy, retired at the end of the last school semester and they are concerned about what the new teacher will be like – especially since they heard her name is Miss Crabtree!
On the first day of school Jack accepts a ride from a lovely young woman and he tells her of the gang’s plan to disrupt the classroom with mice, ants and sneezing powder. Poor Jack, he doesn’t realize the lady driver is Miss Crabtree. And the gang has also arranged for the little kids to come get them out of school with ‘urgent’ messages from home.
Jack tells the kids all about the nice lady, and once they arrive at school they are shocked to find she is their new teacher. Going along with the charade, Miss Crabtree excuses the boys from school just as a first day treat of cake and ice cream is being delivered to the classroom. Now Jack is in serious hot water – not only with the new teacher but also with his pals!