Series: Our Gang

Director: Robert F. McGowan, Tom McNamara
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: H.M. Walker
Photography: Len Powers
Editor: Thomas J. Crizer

Stars: Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Jack Davis, Ernest Morrison
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 31 December 1922
Length: 2 reels
Production No.: A-5
Filming dates: June 13 - July 1, and July 26-27, 1922
Rating: 4/10

A Quiet Street

Removal men are helping a family to move into their new home. Prankster Jackie (Condon) keeps covering up a fire hydrant near the lawn where the removal truck is parked which brings about an unjustified spanky from the new boy, Banty (Gabe Saienz). Elsewhere Mickey's tooth gets an extraction when Jack (Davis) ties some string to it and gets his dog to pull it out for him. Jackie carries his cat down the street but drops it when he sees Jack's dog. Jackie and Ernie meet up with Mickey and Jack where the discuss their plan to put Mickey's tooth on show for a paying audience. Admission is whatever the customer wants it to be and kids start arriving with random objects to use for their entrance fee.
Ernie and Jack create a "radeo fone" using a funnel sticking out of the top of a barrel with Ernie inside it and talking. The same kids as before take turns standing at the barrel to listen to voice coming from it. Jackie, who had been ejected earlier, returns with a big and shoves it down Ernie's back causing him to twitch and shake before the barrel rolls off down the street and a steep hill with him inside it. When eventually Ernie comes to a stop and breaks out of his confinement he is joined by the other boys who comfort him by the side of the road. It has already been established by this point that Jackie is a practical joker and he gets the finger from Ernie, but Jackie crosses his heart that he was not to blame. The lying little git that he is!
The boy who has just moved into the neighbourhood (Banty) is out walking his dog after his policeman-father leaves for work when he is set upon by the boys (presumably because of the boy attacking Jackie at the start of the film?) They bundle him to the ground and beat him up whilst his dog also gets mauled by the boys' dog nearby. Banty escapes briefly and when the gang lose sight of him Banty grabs Jackie and begins pounding on him again (has this thick-as-shit bully got a death wish or something?) The gang catch up to rescue Jackie but once again Banty gives them the slip and gives Jackie more punishment.
Crook 'Red Mike' (Jack Hill in one of his first films for Hal Roach) is getting through mugging a guy when he sees a cop and makes a run for it. The cop (Banty's father) sees the gang punching the ever-loving crap out of Banty and steps in to break it up before telephoning head quarters to report on the mugging he just witnessed. Red Mike hides in a cellar as the cop searches for him. The kids think the policeman and his buddies are after them and try to hide but everywhere they go the cops are seemingly on them. In their desperation they inadvertently hide in the same cellar as the mugger and that doesn't go well for them. Immediately the mugger starts giving Jackie a hard time but his friends try to fight off Red Mike who then escapes outside. But Jack's dog chases him up onto and across the rooftops, a huge flight of stairs (no, they're not "The Music Box" steps) and onto a building before chasing his back down again. Eventually Red Mike has no options left and has to jump off a pier and into the sea! And damned if that dog doesn't go in straight after him (I bet it was pushed first!!!) The cops finally grab the bad guy and thank the boys for their 'help'. Unfortunately the film ends on a sour note when Ernie's big-man father grabs him and starts spanking him like a cowardly piece of shit that he is. Big man.

Favourite bit
Jackie's moment where he bursts out of the picture frame and gives the mugger that dirty look.

Copyrighted November 11, 1922.
This was the fifth film in the series to be filmed; the sixth to be released.
This was the last appearance in the series for Peggy Cartwright.
Surprisingly, the Maltin/Bann book does not describe any of the action from the first reel of the film.
When the boys chase Banty down the street he hides in a box labeled chicken feed. The Our Gang series would later release a film by the same name.

My opinion
As a story it's all over the place with continuity and common sense taking a back seat for the sake of entertainment. The first half of the film serves to make absolutely no sense to the final third of the story. However, there are some really brilliant shots of Los Angeles seen in the second half of the film. That 'Banty' is a right little bastard, isn't he? I found myself growing increasingly more and more annoyed with his character as the film went on. As for the film itself, it's not great. I gave it a 4 out of 10, and I was being kind.

Jackie Condon
Mickey Daniels
Jack Davis
Ernest Morrison
Booker T.
Gabe Saienz
Peggy Cartwright
Banty's sister
Charles Stevenson
Banty's father
Vera White
Banty's mother
Dick Gilbert
Mugging victim/
William Gillespie
Police dispatcher
Jack Hill
Red Mike
Ernest Morrison Sr.
Booker T.'s father


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Acknowledgements: (Robert Demoss/The Lucky Corner)
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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