|The Glorious Fourth|
31 July 1927
|Robert F. McGowan||Hal Roach||H.M. Walker||Art Lloyd||Richard C. Currier|
|The film begins on July 3rd and a firecracker exploding by a brick wall. Nearby, Farina is blowing up paper bags with his mouth and then popping them with his hands before throwing the discarded bags on a huge pile next to Mango (Jannie Hoskins), who stands waving the American flag. Elsewhere, others are doing similar stunts. Joe blows up a bucket with a firecracker, which explodes and lands on Jay's head. Harry's has a cracker that explodes in his face.
Joe then goes to get some more fireworks from his mother's stall. He lights one under the bucket, which explodes and narrowly avoids hitting Jackie. The boys go to Jackie who complains that he can't get his money out of his money bank but when Jay smashes it open with a stick, the boys take the money inside to the nearby stall and buy some more fireworks. Farina and Jannie try to join in with the boys but they are snubbed and walk off, where they discharge a lit firework into the street just as a passing motorist drives over it.
A distraught mother asks the assistance of the firework vendor to help with her baby, so Joe is left in charge. Bad idea. A passing boy stops and gives Farina a quarter to take care of his dog, Pansy (Pete). Farina takes the money to the fireworks stall to find Joe in charge. Farina hands over his quarter and demands the biggest firework available. Joe is delighted to offer Farina a monster-sized rocket for the money, but also asserts the right to light it himself, denying Farina the opportunity.
When Joe blows up a bucket and it lands on Jay's head.
•Filmed May 10 to 21, 1927. Eleven shooting dates went into the making of this film. Four days after shooting finished for "Olympic Games" (no. 63), the 'start' date arrived for "The Glorious Fourth" on May 10th. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of May 21st. No shooting took place on May 15th, which was a Sunday. Anthony Mack directed on most of the shooting dates, but Robert F. McGowan directed on May 10th, 19th, 20th, and 21st. Only three days passed before shooting began on the next Our Gang production, which was either "Playin' Hookey" (no. 65) or "The Smile Wins" (no. 66).
•Released July 31, 1927. This is according to Smile When The Raindrops Fall by Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds. Maltin & Bann list the date as June 26th. In A History Of The Hal Roach Studios by Richard Lewis Ward, the date is listed as July 30th. Since Pathé releases were usually on Sundays, the 30th is unlikely, but the other two dates fit. The Maltin & Bann date gives the film the same release date as "Baby Brother" (no. 60). If either of the later dates is correct, then "The Glorious Fourth" was the 62nd film in the series to be released.
•Copyrighted July 22, 1927, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU24204. Renewed January 10, 1955, with registration no. R142111. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2022.
•There were 38 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
Did you notice?
•The calendar seen in the film is set to July 3rd.
•The unseen baby that swallows a button is named "Little Marmalade."
•The sub-plot with Joe not allowing Farina to set off his own rocket is recreated in Two Too Young.
•When Joe's mother calls Joe over to the stall, the studio cafe is seen in the background.
|Charles A. Bachman
Top hat inebriate
Boy with Pansy
Man with monocle
|Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
|Jay R. Smith
Friend of Joe's mother
http://www.theluckycorner.com/rps/064.html (Robert Demoss)
"The Little Rascals: The Life And Times Of Our Gang" by Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann (book)
Gene Sorkin (help with print)
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