Filmed September 15 to October 13, and November 1, 1927. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
The title sheet was prepared by H. M. Walker on Nov. 2, 1927.
The cutting continuity was prepared Nov. 8, 1927, and received by MGM on Nov. 9, 1927.
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.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Dog
- Produced by Robert F. McGowan for
- This is the way Maltin & Bann put it. The film lists Roach as the presenter, and reads "A Robert
- Supervised by Robert F. McGowan
- This credit appears in the film, but without his middle initial.
- Directed by Anthony Mack, Robert F. McGowan
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. However, the 1927 studio datebook
indicates that Oelze wasn't listed as a director for any of the shooting dates. Oelze was being listed in the payroll
summaries as an assistant director during this period, though they were no longer specifying which unit he worked for. The
datebook also indicates that Robert F. McGowan directed the retakes, even though he didn't receive onscreen
- 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
- director-general - Leo McCarey
- general manager - Warren Doane
- assistant general manager - L. A. French
- secretary-treasurer - C. H. Roach
- construction supervisor - C. E. Christensen
- laboratory superintendent - Charles Levin
- optical effects supervisor - Roy Seawright
- still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves
- transportation director - Bob Davis
- possible uncredited involvement
- assistant cameraman - Probably Clair Boshard.
- cutting - Probably Lloyd Campbell.
- writing - Robert A. McGowan, Jean Yarbrough and Charlie Hall may have been among the gag writers.
- property department - Charles Oelze, Don
Sandstrom and Thomas Benton Roberts were probably involved in this capacity.
- Joe Cobb as "Joe"
- Lead role. He neglects Pete in favor of Clarabelle, but realizes his mistake in the end.
- Annette de Kirby as "Clarabelle"
- Featured role. She aggresively pursues Joe, and later blames Pete for pushing her in the lake. A 1927
casting directory lists her as appearing in this film (but without a photo), and an autographed photo on eBay
seems to settle the matter.
- 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.
- 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).
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- Bit part. This is the dog that pushes Clarabelle into the water.
- 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.
- Numerous flies buzzing around, particularly while Pete's drunk.
- Charley Lloyd as the man in the wheelchair
- Small part. He reveals that Pete is the hero. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Charley Young.
- 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.
- Hollenbeck Park
- The scene where Clarabelle is pushed into the lake and rescued was shot at this park.
- Mentone Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- The location of Pete's suicide attempt is a barn-like structure in the backyard of a house on Mentone.
- Motor Avenue and Woodbine Street, Palms district, Los Angeles
- The People's Water Company at 3392 Motor and the Masonic Hall at 3402 Motor are both
shown as Pete's friend is running to rescue him. The 'water fountain' location was on the northwest corner of
this intersection. There's also a shot of Pete's friend on the north side of Woodbine at the alley west of Motor,
with the businesses visible at the intersection behind him. Towards the end of the film, as Joe is trying to find Pete and
meets up with the Gang, they are on the south side of Woodbine just east of Motor, standing at the entrance to an
- Bacon's Pharmacy and Safeway Stores, Palms district, Los Angeles
- This was located at 3568-3570 Motor Avenue at the corner of Tabor Street. This is where Joe buys the
flowers and candy for Clarabelle. We get to see the inside of this business as well. The next door up the street is S.
A. Franklin Hardware at 3566 Motor. This is where Pete tries on the dog collar. To illustrate the difference between
available prints, the 'S. A. Franklin' part of the sign is visible only in the Grapevine version.
- 3563 Motor Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- This house was also used in "Heebee Jeebees" (no. 69), and still stands today. In this
film, it served as Clarabelle's house. In the shot where Wheezer peers over the fence, we can see the Safeway store
behind him directly across the street.
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.
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B395.
- For Pete's Sake (VHS) from
- 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
- 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
- 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
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