Playin' Hookey
 
Series: Our Gang Distribution: Pathé Exchange  Director: Robert A. McGowan  Cinematography: ?
Production: K-24 Type: Silent short Producer: Hal Roach  Editor: ?
Released: 01 January 1928 Length: 2-reels Titles: H.M. Walker

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DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/
'Pansy' is in the yard playing with another dog, whilst Jean and Wheezer are sitting and holding some puppies.  Wheezer walks over to pick up the smaller dog and moves it to a safer spot.  Pansy then spots a chicken and chases it across the yard and up onto a telegraph pole, where another two dozen chickens have already been chased to!  The chickens even converse about how long they have been sitting up there on account of the dog.  One chicken lays an egg and kicks it down into the waiting mouth of the dog.  When Pansy returns, Wheezer encourages him to tear up the yard.
Joe's mother (Lyle Tayo) sees the destruction and tells Joe that she is going to get his father to shoot Pansy.  Joe sneaks out to lead Pansy to safety, but the father (Budd Fine) comes looking for the dog, armed with his shotgun.  Whilst Joe's dad chases Pansy, Joe siezes an opportunity to unload the gun of its ammunition.  The dad takes aim at the dog, but Joe intervenes and asks to say goodbye to his beloved pet.  Joe whispers to Pansy that when the father fires the gun, he should play dead.  The gun fires and the dog pretends to die.
Farina and his sister are doing the hoovering when Joe arrives at their shack with the dog, which he offers as a present.  Farina doesn't want Pansy because he eats too much meat.  Just at that moment, the kids see what appears to be a police wagon chasing a getaway car, with gunshots firing out between the two vehicles.  They run over and are met by another group of kids
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Facts
Production K-24 - Our Gang series.
Copyrighted February 6, 1928.
This was the 65th film in the series.

Filming dates
• June 27-29, and August 1-6, 1927.

Trivia
Released one day after Laurel & Hardy's The Battle Of The Century, which featured a massive pie fight.  This film features a scene where the gang become engaged in a big pie fight.
The film survived only in a fragmented form until the 1980s, when a complete print was discovered in a French vault.
The dog is referred to as 'Pansy', even though it is obviously Pete.

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DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Jean Darling
Jean
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins
Wheezer
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Joe Cobb
Joe
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Lyle Tayo
Joe's mother
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Budd Fine
Joe's father
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
Farina
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Jannie Hoskins
Zuccini
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Dorothy Coburn
Actress at make-up table
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Pete the Pup
Pansy
   

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SHOT ON THE LOT
The following scenes were filmed on the Hal Roach Back Lot and are included in the TOUR

Acknowledgements:
Silent Hollywood (colorized card)

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