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Babes in Toyland is a Laurel and Hardy musical film released on March 10, 1934. The film is also known by its alternate titles Laurel and Hardy in Toyland, Revenge Is Sweet (the 1948 European reissue title), March of the Wooden Soldiers and Wooden Soldiers (in the United States).
Based on Victor Herbert's popular 1903 operetta Babes in Toyland, the film was produced by Hal Roach, directed by Charles Rogers and Gus Meins, and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Originally filmed in black-and-white, there are also two computer colorized versions.
Although the 1934 film makes use of many of the characters in the original play, as well as several of the songs, the plot is almost completely unlike that of the original stage production. In contrast to the stage version, the film's story takes place entirely in Toyland, which is inhabited by Mother Goose (Virginia Karns) and other well known fairy tale characters.
Directed by Gus Meins
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Frank Butler
based on the libretto by Glen MacDonough (operetta)
Starring Stan Laurel
Music by Victor Herbert (operetta)
Cinematography Francis Corby
Editing by Bert Jordan
William H. Terhune
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates March 10, 1934 (1934-03-10)
Running time 1 hour 17min
Country United States