John Aasen, the seven-foot-plus "giant" who previously costarred with Harold Lloyd in the 1923 comedy classic Why Worry, figured prominently in the proceedings of the 1928 "Our Gang" two-reeler Growing Pains. Inasmuch as the film apparently no longer exists, we must rely upon contemporary reviews to piece together the plotline. Evidently, the story revolved around 5-year-old Mary Ann Jackson, making her second appearance in the series. Having received a pummelling from the other kids as a result of her constant pranks, Mary Ann insisted that her little brother, played by Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins, defend her honor. Through a series of mixups, Mary Ann became convinced that pint-sized Wheezer had metamorphosed into a giant (played, of course, by the aforementioned Aasen), who obligingly meted out punishment to the rest of the Gang. Growing Pains was originally released on September 22, 1928.
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