Robert "Wheezer" Hutchins
Born March 29, 1925
The Our Gang films of Wheezer:
Baby Brother Chicken Feed Olympic Games The Glorious Fourth Playin' Hookey The Smile Wins Yale vs Harvard The Old Wallop Heebee Jeebees Dog Heaven Spook Spoofing Rainy Days Edison, Marconi & Co. Barnum & Ringling, Inc. Fair and Muddy Crazy House Growing Pains Old Gray Hoss School Begins The Spanking Age Election Day Noisy Noises The Holy Terror Wiggle Your Ears Fast Freight Little Mother Cat, Dog & Co. Saturday's Lesson Small Talk Railroadin' Boxing Gloves Lazy Days Bouncing Babies Moan & Groan, Inc. Shivering Shakespeare The First Seven Years When The Wind Blows Bear Shooters A Tough Winter Pups Is Pups Teacher's Pet School's Out Helping Grandma Love Business Little Daddy Bargain Day Fly My Kite Big Ears Shiver My Timbers Dogs Is Dogs Readin' And Writin' Free Eats Spanky Choo-Choo! The Pooch Hook And Ladder Free Wheeling Birthday Blues A Lad An' A Lamp Fish Hookey Forgotten Babies The Kid From Borneo Mush And Milk
|Undoubtedly, when it
comes to winning smiles, little Wheezer scores high. Full of vigor and
craftiness, Wheezer was frequently the center of attention even when he
joined the Gang at age two. While providing some of the funniest Our Gang
moments, Wheezer also proved himself a formidable dramatic actor. I would
submit that his pathos-filled performance in "Dogs is Dogs" is as real and
natural as any child actor has ever portrayed.
Sadly, it appears that Robert Hutchins' off-screen life may have been quite unhappy. It seems his parents kept him segregated from the rest of the cast, and an element of abuse is also suggested. When Wheezer left Our Gang in 1933, he also left show business. Very little is known about him until he turned 18 at which point he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and served in the War. Shortly after WWII ended, Hutchins was killed in an aviation accident during a training exercise. He was only 20.
Though he lived a short life, Robert Hutchins left an indelible mark in the world. Wheezer's natural charm and winning smile will continue to delight audiences indefinitely.
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