Filmed March 5 to 11, 1929. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Title sheet prepared by H. M. Walker on March 21, 1929.
Cutting continuity submitted April 18, 1929.
Music and sound effects recorded August 6, 1929.
Copyrighted September 9, 1929, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP665. Renewed
September 13, 1956, with registration no. R176917. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2024.
Released November 9, 1929. It was the 93rd film in the series to be released.
Silent two-reeler with synchronized music track and sound effects, on disc only.
Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in
- Produced by Robert F. McGowan for
- This is the way Maltin & Bann put it. The film credits Roach as a presenter, with a separate credit
reading "A Robert McGowan Production."
- Directed by Robert F. McGowan
- This credit appears in the film, but without his middle initial.
- 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.
- Animal Trainer: Harry Lucenay
- He was Pete's owner and trainer.
- Music performed by Norbert Ludwig, William H. Reitz and J. Wolf
- According to the Victor ledgers, as described at the DAHR website. Ludwig was the organist, while Reitz and Wolf played
traps. Apparently, Wolf was at the morning session and Reitz was at the afternoon session.
- Teacher: Fern Carter
- Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
- Indicated in the opening title card.
- Passed by the National Board of Review
- As indicated in the film.
- studio personnel
- general manager - Warren Doane
- assistant general manager - L. A. French
- secretary-treasurer - C. H. Roach
- assistant secretary - Mat O'Brien
- 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 direction - Possibly Charles Oelze.
- cutting - Possibly Lloyd Campbell.
- writing - Robert A. McGowan, Jean Yarbrough and Charlie Hall may have been among the gag writers.
- property department - Charles Oelze, Don
Sandstrom, Thomas Benton Roberts and Bob Saunders were probably involved in this capacity.
- Joe Cobb as "Joe" aka "Joseph"
- Featured role. He energetically chops wood after the devil man tells him to get to work.
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins
- Featured role. His job is beating rugs, which end up in shreds.
- Mary Ann Jackson
- Supporting role. She and Jean throw out their spinach, only to eat it out of the garbage.
- Jean Darling
- Supporting role. She fights with Harry over the spinach, and then is with Mary for the rest of the film.
- Harry Spear
- Supporting role. His job is cleaning the yard. There's not a lot of specific attention given to him in this film.
- Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins
- Supporting role. He cleans the yard with Harry, and isn't given much of anything specific to do.
- Pete (no. 1)
- Supporting role. He's with the kids through much of the film, but isn't given much to do, other
than attack the devil man as the film irises out.
- Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
- Jack O'Brien as The Devil
- Featured role. He's dressed as the devil for advertising purposes, and puts a scare into the kids.
The pressbook for this film credits George O'Brien, but publicity photos use the name Jack.
- Orpha Alba as Joe's mom
- Supporting role. She calls the doctor when she can't get her son to stop working.
- Emma Reed as Farina's mom
- Supporting role. She can't get her son to stop working, either, and gets spooked by the devil man herself.
- Adele Watson as the other kids' mom
- Supporting role. She has four kids and a perpetual headache.
- Charley Lloyd as "Dr. A. M. Austin"
- Small part. He gets a laugh out of Joe's condition. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Charley Young.
- William Davis as Farina's butler
- Bit part. We see him briefly during Farina's dream sequence.
- Ham Kinsey as a pedestrian
- Bit part. He accompanies a woman as the two of them are the first pedestrians startled by O'Brien.
- other adults
- Bit parts. The remaining adults in this film are the woman accompanying Kinsey, and the second couple
walking down the street. According to Maltin & Bann, the second man is Allen Cavan, which means they're actually
talking about Chris Lynton, but I find it hard to be sure.
- piece 088a
- This is played over the opening titles.
- piece 088b
- This is played as we're first introduced to Farina.
- "Turkey In The Straw" by John Renfro Davis
- This was originally a fiddle instrumental called "Natchez Under The Hill". It was published
with lyrics in 1834 as "Old Zip Coon." This is played as the butler carves the chicken.
- "Don't Wake Me Up (Let Me Dream)" by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Mabel Wayne
- Published in 1925 with lyrics by Gilbert and music by Wayne. Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra had a number
nine hit with this song the same year. An instrumental version is played in this film as Farina wakes up and his mother
puts him to work.
- piece 088d
- This is played as Farina refuses to beat the carpet.
- piece 088e
- This is the bluesy tune played as Farina's mother warns him about the devil man. It returns as Farina
shoots his mouth off about the devil man in the park.
- piece 088f
- This is played as Jean and Harry pass spinach to each other. It returns as the mother puts the kids to work.
- "I Faw Down And Go Boom" by James Brockman and Leonard Stevens
- Published in 1928. This is played as Jean and Mary throw out their spinach, and again as they walk out
the door. In both instances, Harry falls down and goes boom. This was a number 15 hit for Eddie Cantor in the spring of
- piece 088h
- This is played as Joe is put to work by his mother and is followed by "Lazy."
- "Lazy" by Irving Berlin
- This is played as Joe is put to work by his mother, following "piece 088h." Al Jolson had a
number four hit with this song in 1924.
- piece 088i
- This is an effects piece played as we're introduced to the Devil. It returns as the devil man puts
his first scare into the kids in the park. It returns again as the devil appears to Jean and Mary. It returns again as the
devil orders Joe to take his castor oil. It returns again as the devil orders Joe to get out of bed. It returns again as
the devil orders Joe out of bed while the mother and doctor are in the room. A variation is played as the devil appears to
Farina and his mother. It's played a final time as the devil gives his final warning.
- piece 088j
- This is played as the kids and the devil all decide to rest in the park.
- "A Shady Tree" by Walter Donaldson
- Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra had a number four hit with this song in 1927. This is played as the kids
talk in the park.
- piece 088l
- This is played as the kids frantically get to their chores.
- piece 088m
- This is played as the devil appears to Harry, and then Farina.
- piece 088n
- This is played as Joe's mother tries to get him to stop and takes him inside for some castor oil.
- piece 088o
- This is played as Joe's mother tries to get him to bed and as the other two mothers notice their kids
working. It returns as Joe chops frantically and Farina has reduced the rugs to shreds.
- piece 088p
- This is played as the kids' mother tries to get them to stop, and as Joe's mother calls the doctor.
- piece 088q
- This is played as Joe returns to chopping wood, and Farina's mother tries to get him to stop, and
Joe's mother and the doctor put Joe back to bed.
- piece 088r
- This is played as the kids are gathered with their mothers for a final warning from the devil.
- "Back In Your Own Back Yard" by Al Jolson, Billy Rose and Dave Dreyer
- This is played as the kids vow to obey their mothers. Ruth Etting had a number five hit with this song in 1928.
- Media Park
- The park in which the kids gather looks a lot like the one in "Lazy Days" (no. 92),
which author Leon Smith identifies as Media Park. Even if it isn't Media Park, the tree is the same one seen in
"Bouncing Babies" (no. 93).
- Joe's house
- A publicity photo reveals what appear to be oil rigs near Joe's house. Perhaps these scenes were shot
around the same area as "The Smile Wins" (no. 66).
6 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Only three days after shooting was finished for "Cat, Dog
& Co." (no. 87), the 'start' date for "Saturday's Lesson" arrived on Mar. 5th.
Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Mar. 11th. Information was written in for Sunday, Mar. 10th, in the
1929 studio datebook, but then crossed out, which probably only indicates that the person filling in the information did
so absent-mindedly. Whether or not shooting was planned, none took place on that date. Robert F. McGowan directed on
each of the shooting dates. After this, two weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began shooting "Small Talk"
(no. 89). In the interim, the studio was closed while sound equipment was installed.
The second reel opens with the two girls eating spinach out of the garbage.
The 16-inch disc masters containing the music and sound effects were Victor matrix MVE-55754 (for reel 1) and
Victor matrix MVE-55755 (for reel 2). The takes were all recorded in Studio 1 at the Church Bldg. in Camden, NJ. The
takes for reel 1 were numbered 1A, 2, and 2A, while the takes for reel 2 were numbered 1, 1A, 2, and 2A. In neither case is the
master take indicated. The Victor ledgers use the word "Inaudible" to indicate that the soundtrack contains no dialogue
or other closely synchronized sound. They also note the use of the "Western Electric system."
Publicity material referred to the kids as Roach's Rascals.
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B587.
- The Little Rascals Book XVIII (VHS)
from Blackhawk Video
- This copy is a home movie print from Blackhawk, and includes a textual introduction and a
non-original end title. The inter-titles and soundtrack are original, and the picture quality is very good. The
print totals 17:40, with 16:50 of it original footage, but the soundtrack lasts an additional 0:27, not
counting the first playing of the opening theme, which Blackhawk played twice to compensate for the textual introduction.
- Our Gang Volume #13 (VHS) from
Grapevine Video and also from
The Picture Palace
- This copy is the Blackhawk print, but with the company name blacked out. The picture quality is fairly
good. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
See anything that needs changing? Contact me at BtheW@aol.com.