Cat, Dog & Co.  
 
Our Gang series
Production No. G-21
14 September 1929
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
silent short
2-reels

 

Director: Robert A. McGowan Cinematography: Art Lloyd
Producer: Hal Roach Editor: Richard C. Currier
Titles/Dialogue: H.M. Walker Supervising director: Robert F. McGowan

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Joe, Farina and Harry are having a box-car race along the street, with their respective vehicles being powered by dogs... until the dogs see a cat!  An interfering woman reports the boys for the mistreatment of the animals and subsequently the boys are visited by an animal welfare officer (Hedda Hopper).  She tells them to be kind to animals and really sells her point across to the children, who each vow to change their ways.  As a reward, the woman bestows upon them the badge of official officer.
The boys take matters a little too far though, when they spot Jean and Mary Ann hurting a defenceless flea and place them under 'arrest'.  The grateful flea vows to stick to Joe, after being saved by him.  Next up is Wheezer, who is giving the chickens a hard time.  Joe is quick to enforce his new powers in reprimanding him.  Wheezer takes a nap and in his sleep he dreams of an all-animal jury who convict him of animal cruelty.  It's an enormous amount of screen time to showcase some clever animal shots in states of dress, which really brings the film to a crashing halt.
The kids eventually decide to free all the animals - first from a dog catcher's truck and then from all the rabbit hutches on the sidewalk, bringing screaming pedestrians running everywhere as they try to evade rabbits, mice and fleas.  In the end Joe gets tired of his pet flea and tries to kill it but fails - instead the flea finds a new home... in Pete's (the dog) fur.

  Favourite bit
Undecided.

Facts
Production G-21 - Our Gang series.
Copyrighted September 3, 1929 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP650. Renewed September 13, 1956, with registration no. R176914. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2024.
The 87th Our Gang film produced.
The film was released with a synchronised sound effects audio track, featuring the sounds of many of the animals, particularly the chickens.
Filming locations: Motor Avenue and Woodbine Street, Palms district, Los Angeles (This seems to be the location where Hedda Hopper gets out of her limousine.)

Filming dates
February 20 - March 2, 1929.

Trivia
• The animated flea's name is Flora.

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/ Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
Farina
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/ Harry Spear
Harry
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Mary Ann Jackson
Mary Ann
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/ Donnie 'Beezer' Smith
Don
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Hedda Hopper
Mrs. President of
'Be Kind To Animals Society'
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Adele Watson
Snitcher
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Silas D. Wilcox
Officer
Jack O'Brien
Fruit vendor
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Ray Cooke
Pedestrian
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Syd Saylor
Pedestrian
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Chet Brandenburg
Chauffeur
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Dorothy Vernon
Pedestrian
  Bob Saunders
Trucker
  Clara Guiol
Pedestrian
  Jack Hill
Pedestrian
   

UNIDENTIFIED CAST
(row 1) Dog catcher - Male pedestrian 1 - Fruit customer
(row 2) Female pedestrians 1,2,3
(row 3) Female pedestrians 4,5,6 - Ticket girl 
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Internet pages, acknowledgements and credits:
http://www.theluckycorner.com/rms/087.html (Robert Demoss)

Books and publications: Robert Demoss, Rob Stone, Richard Lewis Ward, Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann
Research: None
Thanks to: Brent Seguine (identification of Dorothy Vernon)

This page was last updated on: 14 September 2015