Mickey Daniels


This filmography was made in collaboration with Matthew Lydick.


real name: Richard Daniels, Jr.
nickname: Mickey
born Oct. 11, 1914, in Rock Springs, WY
died Aug. 20, 1970, in San Diego, CA, of cirrhosis


1921

Mickey's first brush with the film industry came in the latter half of this year when he began a short association with Vitagraph.


1922

Mickey was recommended to Hal Roach by still photographer Gene Kornman. He started off as an occasional day worker while still under contract with Vitagraph. His first long-term contract with Roach took effect on May 21st, with Mickey making $50 a week. A more lucrative 2-year deal was signed on Sep. 25th, after which he made $75 a week. Reports that he made $37.50 for the first six months are not borne out by the payroll ledger. In December, he took part in the The Follies of Culver City, playing a flower girl.

The Little Minister (role: Micah Dow)
Jan. 1922 - Vitagraph - 6 reels - Alice Calhoun feature
©Dec. 21, 1921. Credited as Richard Daniels.
My Wild Irish Rose (role: Moya's little brother)
June 1922 - Vitagraph - 7 reels - Pat O’Malley feature
©May 25, 1922.
Her Night Of Nights (role: Mickey Dennis Mahone)
June 26, 1922 - Vitagraph - 5 reels - Marie Prevost feature
©June 24, 1922.
4. One Terrible Day (featured role: Mickey Daniels)
Sep. 10, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-4 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 22 to June 10, 1922. ©Oct. 9, 1922.
The Golf Bug (undetermined role)
Oct. 29, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. C-59 - Hal Roach series with Paul Parrott
Filmed July 11 to 17, 1922, with retakes July 24, and Aug. 1, 1922. ©Nov. 11, 1922. Reissued June 13, 1926.
1. Our Gang (small part)
Nov. 5, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-1 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 3 to 17, 1922, with retakes Jan. 18 to 19, and Feb. 2 to 17, 1922. ©Oct. 11, 1922.
Dr. Jack (small part: Sonny)
Nov. 26, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 5 reels - prod. L-16 - Harold Lloyd feature
Also listed for Dec. 19, 1922. Filmed Mar. 20 to July 10, 1922. ©Oct. 9, 1922.
3. Young Sherlocks (small part)
Nov. 26, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-3 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 3 to 8, and Apr. 24 to May 20, 1922. ©Nov. 11, 1922.
6. Saturday Morning (featured role)
Dec. 3, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-6 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 8 to 25, 1922. ©Nov. 11, 1922.
5. A Quiet Street (featured role)
Dec. 31, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-5 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 13 to July 1, and July 26 to 27, 1922. ©Nov. 11, 1922.
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 16 (presumed appearance)
Dec. 31, 1922 - C. B. C. Film Sales Corp. - 1 reel - Screen Snapshots series
©Dec. 8, 1922. Director Robert F. McGowan and the Our Gang cast are listed for this film, but cast members are not specified.

1923

On Feb. 28th of this year, Mickey signed into a new five-year contract, with an increase in salary to $200 a week. On Aug. 25th, it was increased again to $250 a week.

9. The Champeen! (featured role: Mickey)
Jan. 28, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-9 - Our Gang series
Filmed late August/September 1922. ©Dec. 16, 1922.
The Flame Of Life (undetermined role)
Feb. 5, 1923 - Universal - 7 reels - Priscilla Dean feature
©Jan. 5, 1923.
8. The Cobbler (featured role)
Feb. 18, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-8 - Our Gang series
Filmed late August, and perhaps September, 1922. ©Feb. 26, 1923.
7. The Big Show! (featured role: Mickey)
Feb. 25, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-7 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 28 to Aug. 15, 1922, with added scenes Sep. 11 to 16, and Sep. 20 to 28, 1922, and retakes Jan. 10 to 11, 1923. ©Feb. 26, 1923.
11. A Pleasant Journey (supporting role: Mickey)
Mar. 18, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-11 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Mar. 25, 1923. Filmed Oct. 22 to 27, and Nov. 2 to 16, 1922. ©Feb. 26, 1923.
Safety Last! (bit part: newsboy)
Apr. 1, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 7 reels - prod. L-17 - Harold Lloyd feature
Filmed July 15 to Oct. 18, 1922, with retakes Oct. 23, Nov. 29, and Dec. 1, 1922. ©Jan. 25, 1923. Added to the National Film Registry on Nov. 14, 1994.
10. Boys To Board (featured role)
Apr. 8, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-10 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 2 to Nov. 2, 1922. ©Mar. 30, 1923.
12. Giants Vs. Yanks (featured role: Mickey)
May 13, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-12 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 20 to Dec. 19, 1922, and Feb. 15, 1923. ©Apr. 27, 1923.
13. Back Stage (featured role: Mickey)
June 3, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-13 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 15, 1922, to Jan. 9, 1923. ©June 6, 1923.
14. Dogs Of War! (featured role)
July 1, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-14 - Our Gang series
Premiered June 10, 1923. Filmed Jan. 12 to Feb. 10, 1923, with retakes Feb. 20 to 23, and Apr. 11, 1923. ©July 19, 1923.
15. Lodge Night (featured role: Mickey)
July 29, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-15 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 12 to Mar. 3, 1923. ©Aug. 2, 1923.
18. July Days (lead role: Mickey)
Aug. 26, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-18 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 11, Apr. 12 to May 2, and May 31, 1923. ©Aug. 2, 1923.
20. No Noise (lead role: Mickey)
Sep. 23, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-20 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 1 to 20, 1923. ©Sep. 24, 1923.
17. Stage Fright (featured role)
Oct. 21, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-17 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 17 to Apr. 11, 1923, with retakes June 21 to July 2, 1923. ©Nov. 9, 1923.
21. Derby Day (featured role: Mickie)
Nov. 18, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-21 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 18 to Aug. 13, 1923. ©Nov. 9, 1923.
19. Sunday Calm (featured role: Mickey)
Dec. 16, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-19 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 4 to 29, 1923, with retakes July 2 to 14, and Oct. 2, 1923. ©Dec. 24, 1923.

1924

During the August studio closure, Mickey travelled with his parents to Rock Springs, WY, where he was born. On his way back to Los Angeles, he stayed for three days in Ogden, UT, at the behest of the manager of the Egypian Theatre there. He arrived on Aug. 24th, and performed at the theater that night and again on the 25th and 26th. He visited an industrial school on the 25th, and judged a freckle contest at the Egyptian on the 26th. He departed the city on the 27th. His act chiefly consisted of him talking about his experiences making the Our Gang films, which were also shown as part of these performances.

22. Tire Trouble (featured role: Mickie)
Jan. 13, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-22 - Our Gang series
Filmed Aug. 14 to Sep. 4, 1923. ©Dec. 24, 1923.
23. Big Business (lead role: Michael aka Mickie)
Feb. 10, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-23 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 11 to 21, 1923. ©Jan. 26, 1924.
24. The Buccaneers (featured role: Mickey)
Mar. 9, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-24 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 28 to Oct. 24, and Oct. 28, 1923. ©Feb. 20, 1924.
The Fraidy Cat (small part as one of the neighborhood boys)
Mar. 30, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-45 - Charley Chase series
Premiered Mar. 10, 1924. Filmed Dec. 4 to 9, 1923. ©Mar. 20, 1924.
25. Seein' Things (supporting role: Mickey)
Apr. 6, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-25 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 25 to Nov. 7, and Dec. 19, 1923, and Jan. 7, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.
Girl Shy (bit part: paper boy)
Apr. 20, 1924 - Lloyd/Pathé - 8 reels - Harold Lloyd feature
©Mar. 12, 1924.
26. Commencement Day (lead role: Mickey)
May 4, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-26 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 9 to Dec. 6, 1923, Jan. 7 to 11, and Jan. 26, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.
28. Cradle Robbers (featured role: Mickey)
June 1, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-28 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 28 to Feb. 9, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.
Rupert Of Hee Haw (bit part: one of the great throng)
June 8, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-11 - Stan Laurel series
Also listed for June 24, 1924. Filmed Dec. 20 to 26, 1923, and Jan. 2 to 12, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.
29. Jubilo, Jr. (lead role: Jubilo as a boy)
June 29, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-29 - Our Gang series
Also listed for July 29, 1924. Filmed Feb. 25 to Mar. 8, 1924. ©June 5, 1924.
Why Husbands Go Mad (undetermined role)
July 13, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-60 - Hal Roach series with Charley Chase
Filmed Apr. 7 to 11, 1924. ©June 5, 1924.
27. It's A Bear (featured role: Mickey)
July 27, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-27 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 10 to 26, 1923, Jan. 2 to 7, Jan. 12, and Mar. 7 to 12, 1924. ©June 30, 1924.
Short Kilts (supporting role: McPherson's kid)
Aug. 3, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-12 - Stan Laurel series
Also listed for Aug. 11, 1924. Filmed Jan. 16 to 24, 1924. ©Aug. 2, 1924.
The Battling Orioles (small part: one of the neighborhood boys)
Aug. 24, 1924 - Roach/Associated/Pathé - 5 reels - prod. T-2 - Glenn Tryon feature
Also listed for Oct. 6, 1924. Filmed Feb. 18 to May 20, 1924, with retakes June 16 to 20, 1924. There was also an unspecified Glenn Tryon feature for which retakes were shot from May 22 to June 17, 1924, but it isn't clear whether it was this one or "The White Sheep" or some other film. ©Sep. 25, 1924.
30. High Society (lead role: Mickey Kelly)
Aug. 24, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-30 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 24 to Apr. 5, 1924. ©May 29, 1924.
31. The Sun Down Limited (featured role: Mickey)
Sep. 21, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-31 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 21 to May 1, 1924. ©Aug. 2, 1924.
32. Every Man For Himself (lead role: Mickey aka Micky)
Oct. 19, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-32 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 2 to 12, 1924. ©Oct. 2, 1924.
16. Fast Company (lead role: Mickey)
Nov. 16, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-16 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 5 to 15, 1923, with retakes June 13 to 21, 1924. ©Oct. 2, 1924. Jackie's last name in this film is "McChicken."
33. The Mysterious Mystery! (featured role: Mickey)
Dec. 14, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-33 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 30 to July 19, 1924, with retakes Sep. 9 and 12, 1924, and added scenes Sep. 13 and 15, 1924. ©Dec. 11, 1924.

1925

34. The Big Town (featured role: Mickey aka Micky Daniels)
Jan. 11, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-34 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 22 to Oct. 2, 1924. ©Dec. 9, 1924.
35. Circus Fever (featured role: Mickey)
Feb. 8, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-35 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 20 to 25, and Nov. 1 to 4, 1924. ©Jan. 19, 1925.
36. Dog Days (featured role)
Mar. 8, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-36 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 29 to Nov. 5, and Nov. 17 to 24, 1924. ©Mar. 5, 1925.
37. The Love Bug (featured role: Mickey aka Michael)
Apr. 5, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-37 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 15 to 31, 1924, and possibly early Jan. 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.
39. Shootin' Injuns (featured role: Mickie aka Micky)
May 3, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-39 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 19 to Feb. 5, 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.
38. Ask Grandma (lead role: Mickey aka Michael; also bit part: Martha as a child)
May 31, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-38 - Our Gang series
Probably filmed in early Jan. 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.
Riders Of The Kitchen Range (undetermined role)
June 7, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-59 - "Hunky" Dory series
Also listed for June 13, 1925. Filmed Apr. 2 to 5, 1924. ©May 29, 1925. Featuring Earl Mohan and Billy Engle.
Twinkle, Twinkle (appearance)
June 14, 1925 - Pathé - 1 reel - Grantland Rice Sportlight
© May 8, 1925. Featuring the Our Gang kids.
40. Official Officers (featured role)
June 28, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-40 - Our Gang series
Premiered June 10, 1925. Filmed Feb. 16 to 27, 1925. ©May 18, 1925.
42. Boys Will Be Joys (featured role: Mickey)
July 26, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-42 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 13 to 24, 1925. ©July 6, 1925.
Tame Men And Wild Women (undetermined role)
Aug. 16, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. E-8 - Arthur Stone series
Filmed July 22 to 31, 1924, with retakes Sep. 2 to 4, Oct. 9 to 10, 1924, and Jan. 3 to 9, 1925. ©June 23, 1925.
41. Mary, Queen of Tots (supporting role)
Aug. 23, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-41 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 16 to Apr. 1, 1925. ©June 11, 1925.
44. Your Own Back Yard (supporting role)
Sep. 27, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-2 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 30 to July 16, and July 20 to 29, 1925. ©Aug. 28, 1925.
43. Better Movies (featured role)
Nov. 1, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-1 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 27 to June 16, 1925. Originally production A-43. ©Aug. 20, 1925.
'Our Gang' At Home (appearance)
Nov. 8, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1/3 reel - Pathé Review series
Our Gang segment filmed Mar. 1 to 14, 1925. ©Oct. 8, 1925. This short film was included in the Pathé Review, a weekly release typically consisting of three segments. This particular release was no. 45 for the year 1925, and Our Gang are featured in the middle segment. The other two segments have no relation to the Roach studios. The first is an episode of "American Wild Flowers" called "The Thistle," and is in color. The final segment is called "Forest Food Supplies."
45. One Wild Ride (featured role: Mickey)
Dec. 6, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-3 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 30 to Aug. 4, 1925. ©Nov. 6, 1925.

1926

Mickey's involvement with Our Gang ended (at least for a few years) in April of this year. With Mary Kornman's exit from the series in June, it was decided that the two of them would be teamed up in a vaudeville act. Blanche Merrill wrote a skit for the two of them called A Day Off. A short film preceded their actual stage performance, with the rest of the act consisting of the two kids imitating popular film stars. They toured the Orpheum circuit into the following year.

46. Good Cheer (featured role)
Jan. 10, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-4 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 3 to 18, 1925. ©Jan. 23, 1926.
47. Buried Treasure (supporting role)
Feb. 14, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-5 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 1 to 19, 1925. ©Jan. 23, 1926.
48. Monkey Business (supporting role)
Mar. 21, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-6 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 30 to Nov. 18, 1925. ©Feb. 6, 1926.
49. Baby Clothes (featured role: Mickey)
Apr. 25, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-7 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 7 to 20, 1925, with retakes Jan. 11, 1926. ©Mar. 15, 1926.
50. Uncle Tom's Uncle (featured role: Mickey)
May 30, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-8 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 12 to Feb. 3, 1926. ©Apr. 28, 1926.
51. Thundering Fleas (supporting role)
July 4, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-9 - Our Gang series
Also listed for July 28, 1926. Filmed Mar. 8 to 25, 1926. ©May 26, 1926.
untitled film (featured role)
1926
A film of Mickey with Mary Kornman riding a goat cart from a movie studio to a vaudeville theater was shown as part of their vaudeville act.
53. The Fourth Alarm! (possible extra)
Sep. 12, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-11 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 24 to June 14, 1926. ©Sep. 17, 1926. Mickey, wearing his regular clothes, posed for a photo with the rest of the kids on set for this film. There is one kid in the film, shown only in longshot, that could possibly be him.
45 Minutes From Hollywood (appearance)
Dec. 26, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-3 - Glenn Tryon series
Also featuring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Theda Bara and Our Gang. Filmed Oct. 27 to Nov. 8, 1925, with added scenes Nov. 16, 1925, and retakes Mar. 27, and Apr. 5 and 6, 1926. ©Dec. 13, 1926. A clip from "Thundering Fleas" is briefly seen in this film.

1927

Mary Kornman became ill in February of this year, which led to the cancellation of several of the act's billings. After briefly returning to the road, she left the act for good, replaced within a few weeks by Peggy Eames, whose last appearance in the Our Gang series had been in February. The Vaudeville News and New York Star of Apr. 23rd reported the arrival in New York of Mickey and Peggy from California. On May 18th, they visited President Coolidge at the White House.


1928

As of early January of this year, Mickey and Peggy were still performing, as evidenced by their Jan. 4th and 5th Mansfield, OH, engagement. It seems, though, that the act came to an end sometime during this year. For the week ending Dec. 22nd, Mickey was back at the Roach studio for a week, working in "Thundering Toupees."


1929

The Dummy (role: job applicant)
Mar 9, 1929 - Paramount - silent - 6 reels - Ruth Chatterton & Fredric March feature
©Mar. 8, 1929.
Thundering Toupees (undetermined role)
May 25, 1929 - Roach/MGM - silent - 2 reels - prod. S-20 - All Star series
Filmed Dec. 20 to 27, 1928. ©June 27, 1929. Featuring Vivien Oakland and Eddie Dunn.

1930

Mickey signed into a new contract with the Roach studio on Mar. 26th of this year, and became a regular player in The Boy Friends series, which gave him regular work for the next two years, and usually also featured Mary Kornman. Mickey made a hundred dollars a week while making this series.

The Voice Of Hollywood, Series 1, No. 2 (appearance)
Jan. 4, 1930 - Tiffany - 1 reel - Voice of Hollywood series
Also listed for 1929. ©Jan. 8, 1930. Also featuring Mary Kornman.
Doctor's Orders (featured role: Mickey)
Sep. 13, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-32 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Apr. 15 to May 2, May 11 and 12, and June 28, 1930. ©July 7, 1930. Also made as Spanish version entitled Lo ordeno el doctor, which used the English original with full-frame cut-in titles, but wasn't accepted by MGM for release in this format.
Bigger And Better (featured role: Mickey)
Oct. 25, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-33 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed June 2 to 16, 1930, with retakes June 29 to 30, 1930. ©Nov. 24, 1930.
Ladies Last (featured role: Mickey)
Dec. 6, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-34 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed July 7 to 25, 1930. ©Oct. 1, 1930.

1931

Blood And Thunder (featured role: Mickey)
Jan. 17, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-35 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Aug. 23 to Sep. 4, 1930, with retakes Sep. 27, 1930, and added scenes Oct. 4 to 7, 1930. ©Nov. 28, 1930.
High Gear (featured role: Mickey)
Feb. 28, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 3 reels - prod. S-37 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Nov. 7 to 22, 1930. ©Feb. 2, 1931.
Love Fever (featured role: Mickey)
Apr. 11, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-36 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Oct. 6 to 14, 1930, with retakes Oct. 30, 1930. ©Jan. 7, 1931.
106. Bargain Day (role: laugh effect used for monkey)
May 2, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-40 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 14 to 23, 1930, with retakes Jan. 26 to Feb. 2, 1931. ©Mar. 23, 1931.
Air-Tight (featured role: Mickey)
May 9, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-38 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Dec. 22, 1930, to Jan. 13, 1931. ©Mar. 19, 1931.
Let's Do Things (bit part: nightclub bellhop)
June 6, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 3 reels - prod. S-39 - All Star series with ZaSu Pitts & Thelma Todd
Filmed Mar. 4 to 12, 1931. ©May 7, 1931. Also featuring The Boy Friends, for whose series this film was originally made.
Call A Cop! (featured role: Mickey)
Sep. 12, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-1 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Also listed for Aug. 29, 1931. Filmed June 1 to 8, and 15 to 20, 1931, with added scenes June 27,1931. ©Aug. 26, 1931. Also released with Spanish subtitles as Llama a un policia.
Mama Loves Papa (featured role: Mickey)
Oct. 24, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-2 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed July 9 to 18, 1931. ©Oct. 1, 1931.
The Kickoff (lead role: Mickey)
Dec. 5, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-3 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Sep. 8 to 19, 1931. ©Nov. 19, 1931. Also released with Spanish subtitles as Futbol extraordinario.

1932

The Boy Friends series came to an end in March of this year, as did Mickey's regular involvement with the Roach studio. After this, he became a character actor and bit player in various feature films. He did, however, spend a week in October at the Roach studio, making a "reunion" short in the Our Gang series.

Love Pains (featured role: Mickey)
Feb. 13, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-4 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Sep. 23 to Oct. 1, 1931. ©Mar. 1, 1932.
The Knockout (lead role: Mickey)
Mar. 5, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-5 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Nov. 16 to 22, 1931. ©Mar. 28, 1932.
You're Telling Me (featured role: Mickey)
Apr. 16, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-6 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Jan. 11 to 16, 1932. ©Apr. 18, 1932.
Too Many Women (lead role: Mickey)
May 14, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-7 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Feb. 1 to 6, and Mar. 1 to 8, 1932. ©Oct. 3, 1932.
Wild Babies! (featured role: Mickey)
June 18, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-8 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Mar. 22 to 25, 1932. ©June 28, 1932. This film included footage from the unreleased Boy Friends film Hopping Off.
Hollywood: City Of Celluloid (appearance)
1932 - Principal Distributing Corporation - 2 reels

1933

For a brief spell during this year, Mickey worked in Universal's short subject department.

Family Troubles (undetermined role)
Jan. 11, 1933 - Universal - 2 reels - prod. S-8 - Henry Armetta series
©Dec. 21, 1932
120. Fish Hooky (featured role: Mickey Daniels)
Jan. 28, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-13 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 17 to 22, 1932. ©Jan. 16, 1933.
Hollywood On Parade No. A-7 (appearance)
Feb. 10, 1933 - Lewyn/Paramount - 1 reel - Hollywood On Parade series
©Feb. 13, 1933.
The Constant Woman (bit role: soda jerk)
Mar. 13, 1933 - KBS/World Wide - 76 min. - Conrad Nagel feature
©Mar. 18, 1933.
This Day And Age (role: Mosher)
Aug. 25, 1933 - Paramount - 9 reels
©Aug. 25, 1933

1934

A studio press release from July 11th of this year regarding the whereabouts of former Our Gang members states that, in addition to occasional film work, Mickey was studying aviation during this period.

This Side Of Heaven (role: Stinky Bliss)
Feb. 2, 1934 - MGM - 8 reels - Lionel Barrymore feature
©Jan. 29, 1934.
129. Honky-Donkey (laugh effect used for mule)
June 2, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-22 - Our Gang series
©May 25, 1934.
Sterling's Rival Romeo (supporting role: brother)
Nov. 14, 1934 - Universal - 2 reels - Sterling Holloway series
©Nov. 7, 1934

1935

By the beginning of this year, Mickey became involved with a short-lived series called Young Friends, along with Mary Kornman.

Vanessa, Her Love Story (role2 Herries' servant)
Mar. 1, 1935 - MGM - 9 reels - Helen Hayes & Robert Montgomery feature
©Feb. 23, 1935.
Roaring Roads (supporting role: Mickey Daniels)
Apr. 13, 1935 - Berke/Commodore - 57 min. - Young Friends feature
Also featuring Mary Kornman, David Sharpe and Gertrude Messinger.
Social Error (bit part: Eddie's college pal)
May 1, 1935 - Berke/Commodore - 57 min. - Young Friends feature
Also featuring David Sharpe and Gertrude Messinger.
Adventurous Knights (supporting role: Mickey Daniels)
June 7, 1935 - Berke/Commodore - 5 reels - Young Friends feature
Also featuring David Sharpe, Gertrude Messinger and Mary Kornman.
Magnificent Obsession (role: Billy)
Dec. 20, 1935 - Universal - 13 reels - Irene Dunne feature
©Dec. 20, 1935.

1936

While he was unable to attend the 15th anniversary Our Gang reunion on July 18th of this year, Mickey did send a message that was read aloud during the festivities.

Strike Me Pink (role: student in shoe repair shop)
Jan. 24, 1936 - Goldwyn/UA - 11 reels - Eddie Cantor feature
©Jan. 22, 1936.
An All-American Toothache (supporting role: Elmer)
Jan. 25, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. A-37 - Thelma Todd & Patsy Kelly series
©Jan. 27, 1936.
The Great Ziegfeld (role: telegraph boy)
Apr. 8, 1936 - MGM - 20 reels - William Powell, Myrna Loy & Luise Rainer feature
©Apr. 19, 1936
Early To Bed (role: caddy)
Jun. 5, 1936 - Paramount - 8 reels - Mary Boland & Charlie Ruggles feature
©June 5, 1936.
Three Men On A Horse (role: delivery boy)
Nov. 21, 1936 - Warner Bros. - 9 reels - Frank McHugh & Joan Blondell feature
©Nov. 18, 1936.
Pennies From Heaven (role: hay wagon driver)
Nov. 25, 1936 - Cohen/Columbia - 9 reels - Bing Crosby feature

1937

A 1937 press release from Hal Roach Studio detailing the whereabouts of former Our Gang members, states that Mickey had been doing character roles in films, and mentions "Pennies From Heaven" and "The Great Ziegfeld" as two of the recent ones.

151. Reunion In Rhythm (supporting role: Mickey Daniels)
Jan. 9, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-5 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 9 to 14, 1936. ©Jan. 14, 1937.
Meet The Missus (role: barber college graduate)
Jun. 4, 1937 - RKO - 7 reels - Victor Moore & Helen Broderick feature
©June 8, 1937.
Mr. Dodd Takes The Air (role: electrician)
Aug. 21, 1937 - Warner Bros. - 10 reels - Kenny Baker feature
©July 12, 1937.

1940

Young People (role: man in audience)
Aug. 30, 1940 - 20th Century-Fox - 9 reels - Shirley Temple, Jackie Oakie & Charlotte Greenwood feature
©Aug. 30, 1940.
A Little Bit Of Heaven (role: Postal Union boy)
Oct. 11, 1940 - Universal - 10 reels - Gloria Jean feature
Li'l Abner (small part: Cicero Grunts)
Nov. 9, 1940 - Vogue/RKO - 78 min.
©Nov. 1, 1940

1941

As his film career fizzled out and his marriage failed, Mickey moved in with his brother, Clifford, in Portland, where the two of them worked in the shipyards. It was during this period that he became dependent on alcohol.

Miss Polly (bit part: Elmer)
Nov. 14, 1941 - Roach/UA - 4 reels - prod. F-39 - streamliner
Also listed for Jan. 14, 1941. ©Nov. 13, 1941. Starring ZaSu Pitts, Slim Summerville.

After World War II, Mickey became a constructional engineer in Pearl Harbor, and spent the next twenty years travelling from place to place, sometimes stopping off at the "Hotel Daniels" in Portland.


1953

You Asked For It episode (appearance)
Jul. 27, 1953 - ABC - 30 min. - TV episode
Hosted by Art Baker. Featuring a reunion of the silent-era Our Gang kids, along with Bob McGowan, Fern Carter and Art Lloyd.

In late 1966, Mickey was reported to be working for the Bechtel Pacific Corporation in Tasmania under the name of Mike Daniels. He became a cab driver in 1967 for Red Top Taxi, and remained with this company until his death. Speaking of which, his death was unknown to Our Gang fans until his death certificate was researched in 1991.


1980

Rascal Dazzle (archival)
1980 - King World/Picture Scores - documentary feature
Includes footage from "Fish Hooky" and "Reunion In Rhythm."

1984

Our Gang: Inside The Clubhouse (archival)
1984 - Lang/Camellia City - 93 mins. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "The Champeen!" "The Big Show," "The Sun Down Limited," "Thundering Fleas," "Fish Hooky" and "Reunion In Rhythm."

1994

The Our Gang Story (archival)
1994 - Film Shows/GoodTimes - 120 min. - video documentary
Includes footage from "The Champeen!" "Giants Vs. Yanks," "Dogs Of War!" "The Sun Down Limited," "Monkey Business" and "Reunion In Rhythm."

2002

E! True Hollywood Story episode: Curse Of The Little Rascals (archival)
Nov. 24, 2002 - E! Entertainment Television - 60 min. - TV documentary

Mickey Daniels' payroll history

The following is a list of Mickey's history at the Roach studio, with the amounts he was making from week to week. The dates given are Saturdays, the last day of each week at the studio. The only exceptions would be Saturdays that were also holidays, in which case the Friday date is used for those weeks. His name in the ledgers is always given as Richard Daniels.

Special note: Production A9 (The Champeen!), Production A38 (Ask Grandma), and Production K3 (One Wild Ride) are missing from this list. It appears that in each case, they started off as the previous production, which then got divided into two films.

It would be nearly 4 months before Mickey was put under long-term contract, during which he appeared in Young Sherlocks. Prior to the fall of 1922, the ledgers are sketchy when it comes to day players, and his name doesn't come up during the making of this film. It's also conceivable that he worked on Our Gang for more than the two days listed above. This makes me wonder if perhaps the studio was in the habit of paying cash to certain people in its early days. The checks earned by Mickey were made payable to Richard Daniels, which could mean either father or son, but half of the amount was meant for the father.

There were no ledger sheets for the week ending Jan. 2nd, due to the studio being closed, but Mickey was still paid his $450.

Mickey went off to work in vaudeville after departing the Our Gang series, but he did return for one week at the Roach studio two and a half years after he left./p>

Mickey returned again to the Roach studio in 1930 to make the Boy Friends series and stayed for two years I didn't copy the payroll info for any of the non-Our Gang players, but there is a note I wrote for the week ending June 20, 1931, that states that Mickey was making $100 a week during this period.

Once again we have another gap in the records, until 1936.


© Robert Demoss and Matthew Lydick.


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