Series: Our Gang
Director: Robert F. McGowan, Robert A. McGowan
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: H.M. Walker
Photography: Art Lloyd
Editor: Richard C. Currier
Stars: Allen Hoskins, Joe Cobb, Jannie Hoskins, Jay R. Smith, Jackie Condon, Harry Spear
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 31 July 1927
Length: 2 reels
Production No.: K-22
Filming dates: May 10-21, 1927
The Glorious Fourth
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.
• Copyrighted July 22, 1927.
• The 64th film in the series.
• According to Smile When The Raindrops Fall by Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds, the film was released on July 31, 1927. The Maltin & Bann Our Gang book give a release date of 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. If either of the later dates is correct, then The Glorious Fourth was the 62nd film in the series to be released. Confused?
• 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.
• Some sources list Gene Morgan in the film. This is probably confused with Harry Arras.
|Jay R. Smith
Boy with Pansy
Top hat inebriate
Friend of Joe's mother
Man with monocle
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The Little Rascals: The Life And Times Of Our Gang by Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann (book)
http://theluckycorner.com/rps/064.html (Robert Demoss/The Lucky Corner)
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