Rainy Days

film no. 72


availability:

Rascals Silents Vol. 5 (VHS/DVD) from A-1 Video
This is a TV print from Interstate Television Corporation entitled "Rainy Day." The opening title is remade, but the crew credits are original, though reference to MGM has been optically obscured. The inter-titles are original and the picture quality is fair. There is additional footage at the end of this print which doesn't appear in the other available prints. The footage totals 22:18, with 22:05 of it original.

Our Gang Volume #10 (VHS) from Grapevine Video and also from The Picture Palace
This is a TV print entitled "Rainy Day" and is from The Little Rascals series produced by Interstate Television Corporation, but with the company name blacked out. The original crew credits and inter-titles are included, but the end title is not original. The picture quality is fair. The print totals 20:39, with 20:29 of it original footage. Missing from this print is the last part of the film after the mother arrives home. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.

Our Gang Silent Comedies #2 (VHS) from Nostalgia Family Video
This copy is also the TV print from Interstate Television Corporation, but doesn't black out the company name like Grapevine's does. However, there is some video 'noise' that appears repeatedly, usually at the beginning of each inter-title. This version is also missing the last part of the film.

Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 7 (VHS) from HenryButch
This copy is essentially the same as Grapevine's.


special note
There's a European video release of this film lasting 20:50. 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. Nevertheless, this version includes the additional footage seen in the A-1 version. Music is provided by the Beau Hunks with sound effects.


technical details:

Production G-6.

Filmed November 4 to December 28, 1927. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Released February 11, 1928. It was the 71st film in the series to be released.

Copyrighted February 11, 1928, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP25325. Copyrighted a second time on September 4, 1929, also by MGM, with registration no. LP656. The second copyright was renewed September 13, 1956, with registration no. R176916. Presumably, this copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2023, unless the second date is effective.

Silent two-reeler.

Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Rainy Days".'


the crew:

Produced by Robert F. McGowan for Hal Roach
This is how Maltin & Bann put it. The film probably credits Roach as the presenter, with a credit added reading "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., and is the only one credited in the film. Oelze was not credited, 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 Reed Heustis
This credit appears in the film.

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

Props by Thomas Benton Roberts
In his book Roll 'Em, Roberts recalled making the wallpapering machine for this film, as well as putting the brushes on Jay's feet.

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

Teacher: Fern Carter
Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Probably indicated in the opening title.

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

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

Jay R. Smith as "Jay"
Lead role. He takes the blame for what Wheezer does, and has to wallpaper the house to cover up for him.

Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
Featured role. He chalks up the house and is featured quite a lot during the wallpapering sequence. He also has a featured spot pretending to be Petey.

Joe Cobb as "Joe"
Featured role. He does a lot of sneezing in this film, and is also the one with the wallpaper idea.

Allen "Farina" Hoskins
Featured role. The nickname doesn't appear in this print. He's given most of the funny business in this short.

Harry Spear
Supporting role. He's shown boxing with Farina, but later is mostly part of the ensemble.

Jean Darling
Supporting role. She joins in on the chalking, but also has the idea to add things to the wallpaper paste.

Mildred Kornman
Supporting role. She mostly joins Wheezer and Jean.

Bobby Dean
Supporting role. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's seen with Joe at the beginning of the film, but otherwise is just part of the ensemble. The cutting continuity lists him as 'other fat boy.'

Jackie Condon
Supporting role. He's does mostly ensemble acting in this film.


the animals:

Pete (no. 1) as "Petey"
Supporting role. He's shown throughout most of the film, eating sausages, blowing soap bubbles, and getting into the flypaper.

cat 060
Bit part. She gets caught up in the flypaper.

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


the adults:

Lyle Tayo as the kids' mother
Supporting role. She leaves Jay in charge of his younger siblings, and threatens to skin him alive if he lets Wheezer chalk up the house.


miscellaneous:

40 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Three days after shooting retakes for "Dog Heaven" (no. 70), Robert F. McGowan began filming "Rainy Days," the 'start' for which was Nov. 4th. Shooting continued until Dec. 6th, on which date the word 'finish' was written into the studio datebook but then crossed out. Two days later, on Dec. 8th, filming resumed and continued until Dec. 28th. Anthony Mack, listed as 'McGowan Jr.,' took over direction on Dec. 23rd. No shooting took place on Nov. 6th, Nov. 13th, Nov. 20th, Nov. 27th, Dec. 4th, Dec. 11th or Dec. 18th, which were all Sundays. There was also no shooting on Nov. 24th, which was Thanksgiving Day, or on Dec. 25th, which was both Christmas Day and a Sunday. Also, no shooting took on Nov. 14th, Nov. 16th, Dec. 7th, Dec. 26th and Dec. 27th. It's probable that any shooting that took place after the original finish date of Dec. 6th involved the animation by Roy Seawright. Beginning Dec. 16th, filming was divided between "Rainy Days" and "Edison, Marconi & Co." (no. 73). Then on Dec. 21st, no shooting took place for "Rainy Days," as work was divided between "Edison, Marconi & Co." and "Barnum & Ringling, Inc." (no. 74). Then on Dec. 22nd, filming was divided between all three films. Starting Dec. 23rd, as Mack (listed as McGowan, Jr.) took over direction of "Rainy Days," McGowan (listed as McGowan, Sr.) continued with "Barnum & Ringling, Inc." Then on Dec. 28th, filming was divided between all three films again, though it isn't clear which of the two worked on "Edison, Marconi & Co." on this date. "Rainy Days" was considered 'finished' on this date. After this, filming continued into 1928 on "Barnum & Ringling, Inc."


©Mar. 29, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 4/25, 7/9, 12/15.
2006 updates: 5/16, 6/11, 10/25.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/22.
2008 updates: 1/7, 7/6, 7/20, 7/27.
2009 updates: 1/18, 5/18.


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


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