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Ask Grandma

Johnnie and Mickey about to square off

Production Notes

Length: Two Reel
Producer: Hal Roach
Director: Robert F. McGowan
Photography:
Editor:
Titles: H. M. Walker
Writer: Hal Roach
Released: May 31, 1925
Studio: Pathe Exchange

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

The Short

Plot: Mickey's mother is trying to turn him into a gentleman by dressing him up and having him take dancing lessons. Meanwhile, the gang is outside the house playing with a toy airplane as he is stuck inside awaiting his dance teacher. The only one who seems to understand his thoughts is Grandma who knows he has feelings for Mary and encourages him, even going as far as to cover for him as he sneaks out of the house to meet her. Johnnie also has eyes for Mary, but as he's picking on Joe, Mickey comes round to knock him down to size. Mickey gets the worst of it until Grandma rallies him on. Now, Johnnie is getting the worst of it. His father comes to his rescue to help in beating up Mickey just as Grandma gets into the fight, and she's more than a match for the both of them. Mom watches the entire debacle unfold as Mickey and Grandma triumph; in the end, she decides that Mickey should get to be more of a real boy.
Quotes:

  • "Mickey's mother wanted to raise her boy as a hothouse flower -- He preferred to be a weed --" - Narration
  • "I kinda thought she kinda looked like she kinda liked me." - Mickey
  • "What would y' advise now, Gran'ma?" - Mickey

Notes/Trivia:

  • This short was meant to follow the events of The Love Bug.
  • According to the intertitles, Johnny Downs's name is spelled "Johnnie" for this short, and this spelling is used in a few other shorts.
  • When Mickey's grandmother describes his mother as a child, the flashback stars Mickey Daniels as the younger version of his mother.
  • David Sharpe playing the bully later grew up to become AAU tumbling champion, stuntman and a second-unit director. He also appeared in The Boy Friends with Mickey and Mary Kornman.
  • This short includes several of the ingredients well-known in later shorts, especially the short Fly My Kite where adult David Sharpe played the stunt double for the grandmother.
  • Eugene Jackson is absent from this short, but at least one publicity photo reveals that he was present during production.

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