Series: Our Gang

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Producer: Hal Roach, Robert F. McGowan
Dialogue: H.M. Walker
Photography: Art Lloyd, F.E. Hershey
Editor: Richard C. Currier
Sound: Elmer Raguse

Stars: Bobby Hutchins, Mary Ann Jackson, Allen Hoskins, Joe Cobb, Jean Darling, Harry Spear
Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released: 18 May 1929
Length: 3 reels
Production No.: G-23
Filming dates: March 25 - April 6, 1929
Rating: -/10

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Copyrighted July 30, 1929.
The 89th film in the series. It was the 86th film in the series to be released. However, according to Maltin's earlier book, The Great Movie Shorts, as well as Richard Lewis Ward's A History Of The Hal Roach Studios, the release date was April 18, 1929. This was probably either a preview date or a mistake.
The first 3-reel film in the Our Gang series.
Publicity photos reveal deleted footage in which the kids are sitting on the curb outside the wealthy estate. In one shot, they're in front of the gate and get chased away by Harmon. This is why he later knows that they've been prowling around there all day.
Since the studio only had one set of sound equipment, the Laurel & Hardy short "Unaccustomed As We Are," which was being made at the same time as this Our Gang short, had to be filmed at night to accomodate the kids, who could only work until five in the afternoon.
The press release reveals that the Culver City fire and police departments were involved in this film. Perhaps some of the extras were actual firefighters and police officers.
The press release indicates that this was a two-reeler, but this is almost certainly incorrect since the cutting continuity and the Copyright Catalog both indicate that the film was a three-reeler. In fact, the continuity states that the first reel ends as Eddy tickles Wheezer, and the second reel ends as Joe explains the parrot to Farina and they exit the room.
Later studio publicity states that it was during the making of this film that the kids were first encouraged to address each other by their character names while off-camera. This way, they wouldn't waste film by absent-mindedly using their real names.

Bobby Hutchins
Mary Ann Jackson
Mary Ann
Allen Hoskins
Joe Cobb
Jean Darling
Harry Spear
Helen Jerome Eddy
Wheezer's new mother
Lyle Tayo
Mrs. Brown
Emmett King
Emma Reed
Pat Harmon
Officer in charge
Symona Boniface
Miss Eddy's friend
Mary Emery
Miss Eddy's friend
Viola Porter
Miss Eddy's friend
Frona Hale
Miss Eddy's friend
Charles McMurphy
Officer in charge
Edith Fortier

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The Little Rascals: The Life And Times Of Our Gang by Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann (book) (Robert Demoss/The Lucky Corner) [Expanded cast list]
Jesse Brisson (identification of Mary Emery, Viola Porter, Frona Hale)

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