Audiences anticipate a character’s emotional arc. They expect quality sequels and riveting series to have believable characterizations and low turnover of cast and crew. Both deep truths hold for Russian-born director Charles Lamont’s Frolics of Youth.
Each of the four frolicking shorts is a problem-shooter for emotion-laden concerns. The casting keeps four characters key to the story’s progress and resolution the same throughout the serialization, with:
• Junior Coghlan perfecting hapless Sonny;
• Kenneth Howell personifying harsh Harry;
• Harry Myers presenting industrious George;
• Shirley Temple portraying mischievous Mary Lou.
Audiences may ponder the absence in Pardon My Pups of Queenie’s predecessor, Mutt, from Merrily Yours and What's To Do?
Would Mutt ever have soured Sonny regarding dogs?