|Director: Robert F. McGowan • Producer: Hal Roach • Dialogue: H.M. Walker •
Cinematography: Art Lloyd • Editor: Richard C. Currier • Sound recording engineer: Elmer Raguse
|02 May 1931|
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|The kids are trying to get Chubby to buy a new hat. Salesman Harry Bernard slowly begins to lose patience with his young customer when Chubby refuses every hat on offer, before he finally settles on an undertaker's hat. The other gang members all disaprove of his choice and they are all chased out of the store by the disgruntled salesman.
Elsewhere, Wheezer and Stymie are peddling their goods when they stop by the house of a policeman (Otto Fries). He warns them to get a license. Shirley is having no fun with a monkey who keeps popping her bubbles. She complains that she wishes she had someone better to play with. Her wish is granted when the peddlers arrive at her door - then begin to interrogate her as to where her parents are? They apparently went to "What Street". And so begins the dialogue between Stymie and Shirley with him asking what street she is talking about and her replying What Street as her answer. (It goes on a while!)
The boys offer to sell Shirley a doorknob, some dice and a shovel but she is not interested, and when Stymie interferes Wheezer tells him to go sit on a tack - which he does!
•It was the 106th film in the series to be released.
•Filmed December 14 to 23, 1930, and January 26 to February 2, 1931.
•14 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Four weeks after shooting finished for "Little Daddy" (no. 104), the 'start' date arrived for "Bargain Day" on Dec. 14th, which was a rare working Sunday. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Dec. 20th. Three days later, on Dec. 23rd, retakes were shot. After this, four and a half weeks passed before retakes resumed on Jan. 26th. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Feb. 2nd. No shooting took place on Jan. 25th or Feb. 1st, which were both Sundays, nor on Jan. 29th. After this, four weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began filming "Fly My Kite" (no. 107).
•Apparently, the retakes for this film were the result of the loaning out by Roach of Jackie Cooper to Paramount for the film "Skippy." It can be assumed that the footage with Jackie was shot in December, and that most of the footage at Shirley's house was shot in January and February.
•This film was budgeted at $19,000, which was less than usual. However, the final negative cost came to $28,600, no doubt resulting from the extensive retakes.
•It's likely that Our Gang's scene in "The Stolen Jools" was shot during January or February, around the time of the retakes for this film. This is contrary to Maltin & Bann's suggestion that it was shot after "Fly My Kite" (no. 107), which doesn't seem likely at all when one compares Shirley Jean Rickert's hair in the three films.
•The 'Watt Street' routine derives from a turn-of-the-century vaudeville routine called "The Baker Scene."
•Copyrighted March 23, 1931, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP2072. Renewed December 2, 1958, with registration no. R225696. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2026.
Did you notice?
•Chubby tries on eight different hats in the store.
•Harry Bernard's hat store is called "The Globe".
•When the gang run out of Harry Bernard's store, some of their names (Jack, Farina, Chubby, Speck & Mary) are scratched on the wall behind them. Farina's is mis-spelled (it is missing the R).
•At around 5:15 into the film - watch when Wheezer rings the doorbell on the second house (after he reprimands Stymie). His finger movement immitates Oliver Hardy's mannerisms.
•When Shirley asks Stymie about his father, Stymie accidentally used a swear word during a take; "my daddy's just a crappin' fool!" The actual line, which had to be re-shot was; "my daddy's just a craps-shootin' fool!"
•The term "What/Watt Street" is heard a total of 16 times during the mis-understanding dislogue between Stymie, Shirley and Wheezer.
|Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
|Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins
|Shirley Jean Rickert
|Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
|Norman 'Chubby' Chaney
|Mary Ann Jackson
Policeman out of uniform
|Silas D. Wilcox
Voice of monkey
http://www.theluckycorner.com/rmt/106.html (Robert Demoss)
'The Little Rascals - The Life And Times Of Our Gang' by Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann (book)
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