The Pooch  
   
  11 June 1932  
  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer  
  sound short  
  2-reels
 

Director/Producer Producer/Story Dialogue Cinematography Editor Sound recording
Robert F. McGowan Hal Roach H.M. Walker Art Lloyd Richard C. Currier James Greene

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Stymie, Spanky - and even Pete the pup are sitting on barstools at a roadside diner.  Stymie fantasises about ordering an almighty feast consisting of beef steak, oatmeal, pork chops, a piece of chocolate cake, and a couple of pieces of pie.  When the attendant (Baldwin Cooke) returns to the counter to serve the boys but when he realises they have no money he meanly asks how they expect to eat without paying for their food.  Stymie replies, "Well we don't expect it, we just want it!"  The intolerant diner tells the boys to scram.
Stymie and Spanky sit down by the road and discuss their hunger.  Stymie's thoughts turn to the dog Pete as a sausage.

PIC Favourite bit
Undecided.

Facts
•Filmed March 9-17, 1932.  Eight shooting dates went into the making of this film.  Five weeks had passed since shooting finished for "Choo-Choo!" (no. 114).  The studio was closed during one of those weeks.  The 'start' date for "The Pooch" arrived on Mar. 9th, and shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Mar. 17th.  No shooting took place on Mar. 13th, which was a Sunday.  After this, nine weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began shooting "Hook And Ladder" (no. 116).  The studio was closed during five of those weeks.
Production G-8.
It was the 115th film in the series to be released, and the last of the 1931/32 season.
Copyrighted June 13, 1932, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP3086.  Renewed February 17, 1960, with registration no. R252229.  This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2027.
•The IMDb give a false release date of June 14, 1932.
Did you notice?
•The very opening scene is rather amusing - with Stymie, Spanky - and Pete all sitting on the stools at the bar!
•The roadside diner seen in the film is the same one that Laurel & Hardy use in Any Old Port! (also 1932).

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ George 'Spanky' McFarland
Spanky
 
  Sherwood Bailey
Spud
 
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
Stymie
 
  Harry Bernard
Officer
 
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Baldwin Cooke
Diner attendant
 
  Dorothy DeBorba
Dorothy
 
  Estelle Etterre
First housewife
 
  Budd Fine
Budd, the dogcatcher
 
  Artye Folz
Girl who reads
 
  Dick Gilbert
Co-worker at dog pound
 
  Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins
Wheezer
 
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Dickie Jackson
Kid who throws donut
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/
  Kendall McComas
Breezy
 
  May Wallace
Second housewife
 
  Harold 'Bouncy' Wertz
Bouncy
 
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Pete
Pete
 
     
 
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Acknowledgements:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023350/ (IMDb.com)
http://www.theluckycorner.com/rmt/115.html (Robert Demoss)
"The Little Rascals: The Life And Times Of Our Gang" by Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann (book)

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