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The first chapter of the Margaret Sidney book originally appeared in the January 1880 issue of the magazine Wide Awake. Although onscreen credits list Charles Lamont as the director, Screen Achievements Bulletin and Call Bureau Cast Service sheets erroneously credit Charles Barton as director, and reviews credit Charles Bolton as director. Similarly, although Daily Variety credits Frances Hyland with story, she is not credited on the screen, in Screen Achievements Bulletin or in other reviews. This was the first in Columbia's Pepper family series. The series ran from 1939-40 and consisted of four films based on characters created by Sidney. Edith Fellows, Dorothy Ann Seese, Charles Peck and Tommy Bond appeared as members of the Pepper family and Ronald Sinclair appeared as "Jasper King" in all four films. Jimmy Leake, who played "Davey Pepper" in this film, was replaced by Bobby Larson in later films.