Dog Heaven

film no. 70


availability:

For Pete's Sake (VHS) from Cabin Fever
Released Aug. 27, 1997. This copy is an original print with very good picture quality. However, the inter-titles are freeze-framed, and the image is cropped so that the top and left sides of the picture are missing. The total footage lasts 31:23. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.

The Little Rascals (DVD) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
Released Aug. 19, 2003. This is a copy of the Cabin Fever version.

The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 VHS set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version. There is no musical soundtrack. There are also numerous clips from this film included in the documentary The Story Of Hal Roach And Our Gang.

Our Gang Volume #7 (VHS) from Grapevine Video and also from The Picture Palace
This copy is a home movie print from Blackhawk Films, but with the Blackhawk logo blacked out. The inter-titles was remade by Blackhawk, but with the original wording. The end title has been replaced. The picture quality is good, and significantly more of the frame is shown than in the RHI print, which was released by Cabin Fever and Genius. The print totals 21:38, with about 18:45 of it original footage. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.


special note
There's a European video release of this film lasting 22:33. The titles are all remade, with the object of making them appear original. However, the font is not quite the same as on the original prints, and there are one or two mistakes. Music is provided by the Beau Hunks with sound effects. This print is cropped the same way as the RHI version.


technical details:

Production G-4.

Filmed September 15 to October 13, and November 1, 1927. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Released December 17, 1927. It was the 68th film in the series to be released.

Copyrighted November 26, 1929, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP867. Renewed December 19, 1956, with registration no. R182602. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2024.

Silent two-reeler.

Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Dog Heaven".'


the crew:

Produced by Robert F. McGowan for Hal Roach
This is the way Maltin & Bann put it. The film lists Roach as the presenter, and reads "A Robert McGowan Production."

Supervised by Robert F. McGowan
This credit appears in the film, but without his middle initial.

Directed by Anthony Mack and Charles Oelze
Mack was actually Robert A. "for Anthony" McGowan, the nephew of Robert F. No onscreen credit was given to Oelze, but Jean Darling's mother noted his role as co-director.

Photographed by Art Lloyd
This credit appears in the film.

Edited by Richard Currier
This credit appears in the film.

Titles by H. M. Walker
This credit appears in the film.

Story by Robert F. McGowan
This credit doesn't appear in the film.

Location scouting by Jack Roach
According to Maltin & Bann.

Animal Trainer: Harry Lucenay
He was Pete's owner and trainer.

Teacher: Fern Carter
Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
As indicated in the film.

Passed by the National Board of Review
As indicated in the film.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

Joe Cobb as "Joe"
Lead role. He neglects Pete in favor of Clarabelle, but realizes his mistake in the end.

Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins
Supporting role. The nickname doesn't appear in the film. He has a few funny moments at the drinking fountain and putting worms in Joe's hat.

Jay R. Smith
Supporting role. He has a fist fight with Joe, and later exchanges kisses with Jackie.

Jackie Condon
Supporting role. Jay calls him "Clementina" before the two of them kiss each other repeatedly.

Allen "Farina" Hoskins
Supporting role. The nickname doesn't appear in the film. He fishes using a mousetrap.

Jean Darling
Supporting role. She does mostly ensemble acting, but also holds Wheezer while he tries to drink from the fountain.

Mildred Kornman
Supporting role. She does mostly ensemble acting, but works the water pressure for the fountain.

other kids
Featured role. The only remaining kid is the girl who plays "Clarabelle." She aggresively pursues Joe, and later blames Pete for pushing her in the lake. A 1927 casting directory lists a child actress named Annette De Kirby as appearing in this film, so this is probably the role she played.


the animals:

Pete (no. 1) as "Pete"
Lead role. He attempts suicide after losing Joe to a girl.

cat 060 as "Gertrude"
Small part. This is Clarabelle's cat, who takes a disliking to Pete. She's also seen in the opening scene with the black cat. Previously seen in "Tired Business Men" (no. 60).

dog 034
Bit part. This is the dog that pushes Clarabelle into the water.

Leo
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.

other animals
Supporting roles, bit parts and extras.
(1.) The dog that listens to Pete's story.
(2.) The 'lady dog from the Follies' that Pete has the affair with.
(3.) The five drunken dogs.
(4.) The black cat that's glad Pete is kicking the bucket.
(5.) The five chickens on the fence watching Pete hang himself.
(6.) The seven puppies born to Pete and the lady dog.
(7.) Farina's fish.
(8.) Many worms.
(9.) The white chicken passing in the background while Pete's necking with the lady dog.
(10.) The duck in the lake.

bugwatch
Numerous flies buzzing around, particularly while Pete's drunk.


the adults:

Charley Young as the man in the wheelchair
Small part. He reveals that Pete is the hero.

Lyle Tayo as Clarabelle's mom
Small part. Maltin & Bann list her as the "lady at accident scene." She rewards Joe for saving her daughter.

Charles Bachman as the cop
Bit part. He's the cop that arrives on the scene after Pete rescues Clarabelle.

Ed Brandenberg as the lover on the park bench
Bit part. According to Maltin & Bann. I can't really differentiate him from Chet Brandenberg.

other adults
Bit parts and extras.
(1.) The cop who ties Pete to the tree.
(2.) The proprietor at the hardware store where the dog collar is for sale.
(3.) The woman who sells the candy and flowers to Joe.
(4.) The woman on the park bench with Brandenberg.
(5.) The man picking up litter who gets knocked over by Pete.
(6.) The man who gets rolled down the hill by Pete.
(7.) The two men and two women who arrive at the scene after Clarabelle is rescued.
(8.) The pedestrian in the background during the drinking fountain scene, plus several more at the park.


miscellaneous:

26 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Two days after shooting finished for "Heebee Jeebees" (no. 69), the 'start' date arrived for "Dog Heaven" on Sep. 15th. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Oct. 13th. However, activity was divided between "Dog Heaven" and retakes for "Heebee Jeebees" on Sep. 30th. Anthony Mack directed on each of these shooting dates. Also, activity was divided between "Dog Heaven" and "Spook Spoofing" on Oct. 11th, 12th and 13th, the latter directed by Robert F. McGowan. Filming then continued and finished for "Spook Spoofing." Nearly a week after the finish date, retakes were shot for "Dog Heaven" on Nov. 1st, but with Robert F. McGowan directing. Three days later, shooting began for "Rainy Days" (no. 72). No shooting took place on Sep. 18th, Sep. 25th, Oct. 2nd or Oct. 9th, which were all Sundays.


©Mar. 27, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 4/25, 5/16, 7/9, 12/15.
2006 updates: 1/9, 2/11, 5/16, 6/11, 10/25.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/22.
2008 updates: 7/6, 7/20, 11/6.
2009 updates: 5/17, 5/21, 6/2, 6/19.


Thanks to Henry Sorenson, Rob Stone and Joe Moore for assistance on this page.


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