Moan & Groan, Inc.

film no. 94

technical details:

Production G-28.

Filmed September 3 to 14, 1929. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Copyrighted December 2, 1929, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP880. Renewed December 19, 1956, with registration no. R182603. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2024.

Released December 7, 1929. It was the 94th film in the series to be released.

All-talking two-reeler, sound on film and disc. (In actuality, there is a little bit of silent footage in this film.) Also released separately as a silent film.

Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Moan & Groan, Inc.".'

the crew:

Produced by Robert F. McGowan for Hal Roach
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.
Assistant Director: Don Sandstrom
This credit derives from studio documentation.
Photographed by Art Lloyd and F. E. Hershey
This credit appears in the film.
Film Editor: Richard Currier
This credit appears in the film.
Story Editor: H. M. Walker
This credit appears in the film. The press release credits him with dialogue.
Recording Engineer: Elmer Raguse
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.
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.
A Victor Recording, Western Electric System
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
cutting - Possibly Lloyd Campbell.
writing - Robert A. McGowan, Jean Yarbrough, Charlie Hall, Harry Keaton and Carl Harbaugh 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.
animal training - Tony Campanaro may have been among the animal trainers.

the kids:

Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Featured role. He's given more attention than any of the other kids, particularly in his dinner scene with Davidson.
Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
Supporting role. He's given a fair amount of the dialogue among the kids and shakes hands with Davidson.
Mary Ann Jackson as "Mary"
Supporting role. She's also given a fair amount of the dialogue.
Norman "Chubby" Chaney as "Chubby" aka "Chub"
Supporting role. He also has a fair amount of the dialogue, particularly with Farina. The publicity photos list his full name without the nickname.
Betty Jane Beard as "Trellis"
Supporting role. She plays Farina's baby brother, and is cared for by Kennedy in this film.
Jackie Cooper
Supporting role. He's mostly an ensemble player in this film, but has a few lines along the way. His full name is used in the publicity photos.
Bobby Mallon
Supporting role. He's also an ensemble player, but has a little bit of dialogue.
Jay R. Smith
Small part. He's the one that provides the sergeant with the Japanese handcuffs. This was his final appearance in the series.

the animals:

Pete the Pup (no. 1) as "Petie"
Supporting role. He's present through the whole film, and is featured in the dinner scene. If the press releases for the films are any indication, this was the point when 'the Pup' became part of his name. To be specific, he was listed as 'Pete the pup' at this point. It was also common to see a comma as part of his name for the first year or so.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
other animals
Bit part. A white mouse crawls up Kennedy's pantsleg.

the adults:

Edgar Kennedy as "Mr. Kennedy" aka "Kennedy the Cop" aka "Officer Kennedy"
Featured role. He enters the house to rescue the kids, but is spooked by the lunatic.
Max Davidson as the nut
Featured role. He inhabits the house and gives the kids a good scare.
woman 094 as Farina's mother
Small part. She has a short scene speaking with Kennedy.
other adults
Small parts and extras.
(1.) The police sergeant.
(2.) The three men and one woman walking down the sidewalk past the sergeant.

the music:

"Runnin' Wild" by A. Harrington Gibbs
Published in 1922 with lyrics by Joe Grey and Leo Woods. Ted Lewis and His Band had a number 9 hit with an instrumental version in 1923. An instrumental version is played over the opening titles of this film.
"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." In this film, it's sung by Kennedy as he stands on his head.
"The Wearing Of The Green"
This song was written during the Irish Rebellion of 1798, and is often attributed to Dion Boucicault, who was born several years later and published the song during the 19th century. In this film, Kennedy sings and hums this song as he changes the baby's diaper.


11 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Seven weeks passed between the final day of shooting for "Bouncing Babies" (no. 93) and the 'start' date for "Moan & Groan, Inc." on Sep. 3rd. The studio had been closed for over four of those weeks. Filming began the day after Labor Day and continued until the 'finish' date of Sep. 14th. No shooting took place on Sep. 8th, which was a Sunday. Robert F. McGowan directed on each of the shooting dates. After this, two weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began filming "Shivering Shakespeare" (no. 95).

In the opening scene, there are caricatures of the kids on the fence with their names included. Most of the names are illegible, but Farina and Chubby can both be made out, as well as a mystery kid named Ernie.

Studio documentation indicates that the running time is 20 minutes 7 seconds, and that the film was 2000 feet.

A publicity photo reveals a possible deleted scene in which Kennedy and Davidson end up in a puddle outside the house.

This film was removed from King World's TV package in the early 70s.


The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 20 (VHS) from Cabin Fever and
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume Four (3 LD set) from Cabin Fever
Released 1995. This is a complete print with very good picture quality. The footage totals 20:36. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
The Little Rascals Book XII (VHS) from Blackhawk Video
This is a home movie print from Blackhawk entitled "Moan And Groan." The opening titles and crew credits are remade, and the end credits appear to derive from another source. The picture quality is good. The original footage totals 20:07, although the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:17.
The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released Oct. 28, 2008. This is the Blackhawk print.

© Robert Demoss.

My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page:
Rob Stone (for providing the production number and shooting dates)
Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information)
Paul Mular (for providing info on the Cabin Fever laserdiscs)
J. D. Hogge (for pointing out that the Blackhawk print was used in the Genius set)

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