Filmed August 29 to September 13 and September 30, 1927. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Title sheet prepared by H. M. Walker on Sep. 29, 1927.
Cutting continuity submitted October 7, 1927.
Copyrighted November 1, 1927, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP24609. Renewed
July 11, 1955, with registration no. R152703. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2022.
Released November 19, 1927. It was the 67th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Heebee
Featured role. He's changed into a donkey and eats grass and kicks people.
Featured role. He's changed into a goat and eats paper and butts people.
Supporting role. Joe gets into a fight with her stuffed dog. She's identified in the cutting
continuity only as a 'little girl,' and might be the one described in the crowd at the hypnotist's
Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins
Small part. He points out the transformed boys to the women. Promotional material provided with the
continuity indicates that he's changed into a bee, but the continuity doesn't mention this.
Small part. A publicity photo reveals her presence in this film.
Richard and Robert Smith
Small parts. A publicity photo reveals their presence in this film.
Presumed extra. There is at least one additional kid in the party scene, and she looks quite a lot like
Pete (no. 1) as "Pansy"
Small part. He's hynotised to go in reverse and also climbs onto the minister's lap.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
Small parts and bit parts.
(1.) The cat that's confronted by Farina.
(2.) The white rat chased by Farina.
(3.) The images of animals superimposed over the kids' faces as they're hypnotized, including a dog, cat,
monkey, donkey and goat.
(4.) The fish in the bowl that Jay plays with.
George B. French as "Prof. Electra"
Featured role. He's the one that hypnotizes the kids and steals from his adult subjects. Maltin &
Bann list Bobby Vernon, who resembles this actor, but a 1927 casting directory indicates that French appeared in
this film, and he looks entirely like the professor.
Charles Bachman as the cop
Supporting role. Presuming he's the cop described in the continuity, the Professor hypnotizes him
into thinking he's a little boy. He then plays pranks on people.
Dorothy Vernon as Wheezer's mom
Supporting role. It isn't clear from the continuity which woman is Wheezer's mom, but she's
probably at the party.
Lyle Tayo as Joe's mom
Supporting role. She's perplexed by her son's behavior, and might also be described doing other
things, but would be identified only as a 'woman.'
Supporting roles, small parts and bit parts. The 1927 directory lists Edgar Sherwood and Grace
Wood as appearing in this film, but I don't yet know which parts they played.
(1.) "Mrs. Droopleberry," who tries to sing while the kids make animal sounds.
(2.) The fat lady that's hypnotized to dance.
(3.) The man that's harassed by the hypnotized cop and the kids. This could actually be more than one character.
(4.) The butler.
(5.) The fruit man whose cart is overturned by Jay.
(6.) The pianist accompanying Mrs. Droopleberry.
(7.) The woman whose brooch is stolen by the hypnotist.
(8.) The minister.
(9.) The man who throws a shoe at Farina.
(10.) The remaining people at the party, including the host, "Mrs. Von Tudor." The
continuity also describes some 'crows' laughing at what they're seeing, which perhaps is a reference to black people.
(11.) The musicians assisting the hypnotist.
(12.) The two cops seen at the end of the film with the professor.
(13.) The crowd of spectators at the hypnotist's performance, including an old lady.
the music (sort of):
"Whispering Winds Of The Desert"
This is the song sung by Mrs. Droopleberry.
3563 Motor Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
A publicity photo showing Joe Cobb, Lyle Tayo and Charles Bachman, reveals the use of this house, which
was featured in the next short, "Dog Heaven" (no. 70).
13 shooting dates went into the making of this film. About a week after shooting finished for "The Old
Wallop" (no. 68), the 'start' date arrived for "Heebee Jeebees" on Aug. 29th. Shooting
continued until the 'finish' date of Sep. 13th. No shooting took place on Aug. 28th, Sep. 4th, or Sep. 11th, which
were all Sundays, nor on Sep. 5th, which was Labor Day. It should be noted that activity for this film was written into
the datebook page for Sep. 14th, but crossed out, suggesting that perhaps filming went more quickly than anticipated. Just
two days after the finish date, filming began for "Dog Heaven" (no. 70). On Sep. 30th, filming was
divided between "Dog Heaven" and retakes for "Heebee Jeebees." After this, work continued on "Dog
Heaven." Anthony Mack directed on each of the shooting dates.
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B443.
This film is considered to be lost and is therefore unavailable on video. Most of the information listed above derives
from the cutting continuity, which was submitted for copyright purposes to the Library of Congress.
My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page: Rob Stone (for providing the production number and shooting dates) Randy Jones (for providing me with pictorial evidence of Mildred Kornman and the Smith twins in this film) Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information)