The Glorious Fourth  
 
31 July 1927
Pathé Exchange
silent short
2-reels
 

Director Producer/Story Titles Cinematography Editor
Robert F. McGowan Hal Roach H.M. Walker Art Lloyd Richard C. Currier

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ 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.

PIC Favourite bit
When Joe blows up a bucket and it lands on Jay's head.

Facts
•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.
•Production K-22.
•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.

  Harry Arras
Local resident
  Charles A. Bachman
Officer
  Harry Bowen
Pedestrian
  Charley Chase
Top hat inebriate
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/ Jackie Condon
Jackie
William Courtright
Cement worker
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ June Gittelson
Joe's mother
  Al Hallett
Local resident
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Jack Hanlon
Boy with Pansy
  Jack Hill
Man with monocle
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
Mango
  Charles Meakin
Local resident
  Arthur Millett
Local resident
  Gene Morgan
Cop
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Jay R. Smith
Jay
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/ Dorothy Vernon
Friend of Joe's mother
Charles Lloyd
Motorist
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Pete
Pansy
   

 

Acknowledgements:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0233802/ (IMDb.com)
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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