Filmed August 8 to 20, 1927. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Cutting continuity submitted September 13, 1927.
Copyrighted October 22, 1927, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP25228. Renewed
July 11, 1955, with registration no. R152704. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2022.
Released October 22, 1927. It was the 65th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "The Old
Featured role. He's paid to babysit Wheezer, and has to endure nose-punches until he recruits Joe to take over.
Supporting role. He's given the name "Toughy" in part of the continuity, but not in the
actual titles. He spends a large part of the film pulling Joe's pants down, and is also featured early in the film
playing leapfrog with Jackie.
Jay R. Smith
Supporting role. He's given some individual attention during the highrise sequence.
Supporting role. She's at the controls of the elevator at the construction site, making things very difficult for the boys.
Supporting role. Presumably the same monkey normally seen. He jumps into Wheezer's carriage and
becomes the next victim. Later he takes part in the highrise sequence.
Pete (no. 1)
Supporting role. He mostly reacts to the highrise activities by covering his eyes, but is the one who
ultimately rescues Farina and Jay.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
Anita Garvin as Wheezer's mother
Small part. She appears briefly instructing Jackie to let the baby punch him on the nose.
Charles A. Bachman as one of the cops
Small part. He gets punched by Wheezer and then meets up with his captain.
Edgar Dearing as the police captain
Small part. We don't see him getting walloped, but we do see him coming around the corner of a brick
building showing the effects of having been walloped.
Small parts and bit parts.
(1.) Wheezer's prize fighting father, who's seen at the opening of the film boxing with his toddler son.
(2.) The lady who says 'cootsy cootsy' before getting walloped.
(3.) An old man who gets walloped, and a younger man who spits out his teeth after getting walloped.
(4.) Perhaps ten construction workers.
(5.) Numerous pedestrains and drivers in the background.
Western Costume Building, Los Angeles
The construction site was built on the roof of this building on South Broadway. Fans familiar with the
Laurel & Hardy film "Liberty" should immediately recognize the background, which is south of the site. The
street on the right is Broadway, while Main Street is to the left. The triangular intersection is created by a short
easement called Broadway Place. The Western Pacific Bldg. is shown to the right at 939 South Broadway. Signs on the
left side of Broadway advertise the Sunday Examiner and Western Auto Supply.
Motor Avenue and Woodbine Street, Palms district, Los Angeles
Bachman walks up to the northeast corner of this intersection. The brick building is the People's
Water Company at 3392 Motor Avenue. The gang is sitting on the curb of Woodbine directly across the street from this
building while eating ice cream. Behind them is the Masonic Hall at the 3402 Motor Avenue, which housed an ice
cream parlor, among other things.
Motor Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
Wheezer's house in this film was located at 3359 Motor Avenue, on the west side of the street. This
was the home of L. J. White at the time. Next to it is the Palms Hardware Co. at 3351 Motor, as indicated on the
prominent sign on the side of the building. As Jackie is approaching the house, we can see the Arthur Boetsch Barber
Shop behind him at 3347 Motor. To the left of the house is the vacant lot often seen in other films with scenes shot
on the northwest corner of Motor and Woodbine. In the scene where the cop staggers around the corner of a brick building,
we're looking at the Micholithic building on the opposite side of the street, which I believe was occupied by a
different business by this time.
The vacant lot where Jackie and Harry play leap frog was previously featured in "Olympic Games"
12 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Just two days after shooting had finished for production K-24,
which was either "Playin' Hookey" (no. 65) or "The Smile Wins" (no. 66), the
'start' date for "The Old Wallop" arrived on Aug. 8th. Shooting continued until the 'finish'
date of Aug. 20th. No shooting took place on Aug. 7th or 14th, which were both Sundays. Robert F. McGowan directed on each
of the shooting dates. After this, a week passed before the Our Gang unit began filming "Heebee Jeebees"
A 9.5mm copy of this film was discovered at a library in Paris back in the 1970s. The preservation copy that's been
reported to exist in Munich probably derives from the French copy. So far, the film has not been available to the general
public, and most of the information below derives from the cutting continuity filed with the Library of Congress for
My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page: Robin Cook (for providing various details) Rob Stone (for providing the production number and shooting dates) Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information) Michelle Schacht (for pointing out that Jackie is not actually Wheezer's brother in this film)