Bargain Day

film no. 106


technical details:

Production G-40.

Release no. C-337.

Filmed December 14 to 23, 1930, and January 26 to February 2, 1931. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Title sheet prepared by H. M. Walker on February 12, 1931.

Cutting continuity submitted February 23, 1931.

Copyrighted March 23, 1931, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP2072. Renewed December 2, 1958, with registration no. R225696. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2026.

Released May 2, 1931. It was the 106th film in the series to be released.

All-talking two-reeler.

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

King World Productions episode no. 51, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.


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.
Photographed by Art Lloyd
This credit appears in the film.
Edited by Richard Currier
This credit appears in the film.
Dialogue by H. M. Walker
This credit appears in the film. Studio documentation credits him as a story editor.
Recording Engineered: Elmer Raguse
This credit appears in the film.
Animal Trainer: Harry Lucenay
He was Pete's owner and trainer.
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 is mentioned by Maltin & Bann has having taken more still photos for this film than usual, some of which involved footage not included in the final film.
transportation director - Bob Davis
school teacher - Fern Carter
possible uncredited involvement
assistant direction - Possibly Charles Oelze.
writing - Robert F. McGowan probably headed story development, while Robert A. McGowan, Carl Harbaugh, Jean Yarbrough, Charlie Hall and Harry Keaton 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.
titles - Louis McManus probably designed the main titles.
animal training - Tony Campanaro may have been among the animal trainers.

the kids:

Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie" and as the speaking voice for the monkey
Featured role. He gets most of the featured footage in this film, particularly as he chases the monkey around. When the monkey speaks to him, it's Stymie's voice we hear.
Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
Featured role. He and Stymie are door-to-door peddlers.
Shirley Jean Rickert as "Shirley"
Featured role. She's the poor little rich girl who's more than happy to have a couple of peddlers at her door.
Norman "Chubby" Chaney as "Chubby"
Supporting role. He's initially seen trying to buy a hat, and later tries out a reduction cabinet. The nickname is seen on the fence where they gang's equipment is missing.
Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Supporting role. He's nervous about getting pinched as the gang enters the wealthy home. His nickname is also written on the fence.
Jackie Williams as "Bologna"
Supporting role. Pronounced "Baloney." He rides along with Wheezer and Stymie and sets off the alarm.
Jackie Cooper as "Jack"
Small part. He's the leader of the gang and sets out to find Wheezer, but is replaced by a double in some of the longshots. This was his final appearance in the series.
Mary Ann Jackson
Small part. She's present during the hat scene, and later hides up the chimney.
Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba
Small part. She's also seen during the hat scene, but mostly does ensemble acting.
Donald Haines as "Speck"
Small part. He does mostly ensemble acting, and is replaced by a double in some of the longshots. His nickname is also written on the fence.
Douglas Greer
Bit part. He's seen only in the scene where the gang discovers that their equipment is missing, and stays behind while the others go looking for Wheezer.
Hollis Jewel and Curtis Baird
Small parts. These two boys were used as stand-ins for Jackie Cooper and Donald Haines in the last part of the film as the cops are rounding up the kids.

the animals:

Joe the Monk as "Pansy"
Featured role. This is presumably Joe. He's Shirley's monkey, and causes plenty of mischief throughout the film.
Pete the Pup III
Supporting role. He joins Wheezer and Stymie, and is given a few comical reactions to the whole Watt Street exchange.
Leo
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.

the adults:

Harry Bernard as the hat salesman
Small part. He's seen at the beginning of the film.
Stanley "Tiny" Sandford as the police captain
Small part. He's the cop that's in charge and does most of the talking.
Otto Fries as the plain-clothes cop
Small part. He warns Wheezer and Stymie that they'd better get a license.
Mickey Daniels as the laugh-over for the monkey
Small part. His laugh is heard several times.
Gill Edwards, L.J. O'Connor, Bob Mineford, Silas D. Wilcox and Rus Custer as the remaining cops
Small part. Wilcox is the one chasing Wheezer in the house. I still need to familiarize myself with the others.
Baldwin Cooke as the socks customer
Bit part. He distracts the salesman long enough for the kids to make a mess of his store.
other adults
Presumed small parts. It's fairly obvious that much of the footage shot in December was scrapped after Jackie Cooper was loaned out to Paramount. Publicity photos reveal the presence of Lyle Tayo in Shirley's house, and with Cooper present. Presumably, Tayo played Shirley's mother. Isabel Keith also worked on the same day, so perhaps she was a friend of the mother. The cops listed above were all present, with the exception of Mineford. In this early version, it appears that Bill Knight was originally one of these six men. Also present on the same shooting date was Jim Tugg in an unknown role. On a separate shooting date was N.L. Henterskee (or is it Hentershee?) in another unknown role.

the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A12.) The twelfth version is played in part over the opening titles. It's partially played again as the kids discover their baseball equipment is missing.
(A10.) The tenth version is played as the older kids are looking for Wheezer, and Baloney sets off the alarm.
"It Is To Laugh" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted 1930. Most of this is played as Chubby tries on various hats, with most of thesecond half repeated several times. This is the version reproduced by on the second Beau Hunks CD, with elements of "Oh, My Hat" and "Let's Go" incorporated into it. The end part is played as the kids run out of the store. The last bit is repeated as Chubby says 'I must have shrunk.'
"Where? Oh, Where" by Leroy Shield
This effect piece is partially played as the salesman gets angry.
"(We're Going To) Arrowhead" by Leroy Shield
This is played as we first see Wheezer and Stymie.
"Candy Candy" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. Most of this is played during Stymie's conversation with the plain-clothes cop. The beginning is repeated as Stymie meets the monkey.
"Wishing" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played and partially repeated as we're introduced to Shirley and her monkey. The introduction to this piece is repeated three times, and interspersed with "One For You," as Stymie finds the toy lion.
"Beautiful Lady" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. An alternate version of this tune is played as Wheezer and Stymie arrive at Shirley's door.
"Crabtree" by Leroy Shield
Also known as "Girl & Stick." The second half of this piece is played as Wheezer and Stymie walk into Shirley's house. It's played again as the cops round up the kids.
"Riding Along" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played during the Watt Street dialogue.
piece 106a
This effect piece is played as Pete puts his paws over his ears.
piece 106b
This trombone effect piece is played as Pete puts his paw in his mouth.
"Tuba"
This effect piece is played as Pete rolls onto his back. This seems to be a longer version of the piece from "Helping Grandma" (no. 103).
"In My Canoe" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Wheezer tries to sell Shirley a doorknob. This is the faster version reproduced on the second Beau Hunks CD.
"Nothing At All" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. This is played as Stymie looks for a tack.
"Hollywood Kate" by Leroy Shield
A very small bit of this effect piece is played as Stymie is about to sit on the tack.
piece 106c
This effect piece is played as Stymie sits on the tack.
"One For You" by Leroy Shield
A single chime from this piece is played three times and is interspersed with "Wishing."
"Tip Toes" by Leroy Shield
Part of the "Goofs Suite." This is played as Stymie is getting scared by the toy lion.
"On To The Show" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Part of this are played as Stymie shoots craps. This version is similar to the version reproduced on the second Beau Hunks CD.
"Hide And Go Seek" by Leroy Shield
Coyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. Most of this is played as Stymie chases the monkey around.
"Teeter-Totter" by Leroy Shield
This is played as the older kids first get to the house.
"Intermezzo" by Leroy Shield
This is played as Chubby tries out the steam cabinet and Farina warns Wheezer about Jackie.
"Excitement" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. This is played four times in a row as the cops are chasing the kids around the house.
"Your Piktur" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Mary Ann falls into the fireplace.
"Yearning" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. A small part of this is played as the picture fades and the end title appears.

the locations:

Motor Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
As Wheezer, Stymie and Bologna are walking along the sidewalk, it appears that they are heading north along the eastern side of the 3400 block of this street. The first building seen looks like the Palms Chamber of Commerce at 3438 Motor. The cop's house has the number 3422 on it, and if this is also Motor Avenue, then it would be the next building on the block.
Hal Roach Studios, Culver City
Looking out the door of the mansion, we see the cops pulling up. This looks very much like the camera is on the front steps of the administration building at the Roach studio, with the studio pond seen behind the cops.

miscellaneous:

14 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Four weeks after shooting finished for "Little Daddy" (no. 104), the 'start' date arrived for "Bargain Day" on Dec. 14th, which was a rare working Sunday. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Dec. 20th. Three days later, on Dec. 23rd, retakes were shot. After this, four and a half weeks passed before retakes resumed on Jan. 26th. These appear to have been necessitated by the absence of Jackie Cooper, who was currently on loan to Paramount for the film "Skippy," which also removed Donald Haines from this film in mid-production. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Feb. 2nd. No shooting took place on Jan. 25th or Feb. 1st, which were both Sundays, nor on Jan. 29th. After this, four weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began filming "Fly My Kite" (no. 107).

The opening scene with Bernard and Cooke was shot on Dec. 14th and 15th. Greer was also present on both of these dates. Fries was present on both dates, as well as on Dec. 16th. Henterskee was present only on the 16th. The original deleted scene with the cops at the house was shot on Dec. 19th, which is the only date that Tayo, Keith and Knight were present. Jewel and Baird were present on Jan. 29th, 30th, and 31st, as well as Feb. 2nd. The reshot footage with the cops, which included Mineford, was shot on Jan. 30th and 31st, plus Feb. 2nd.

This film was budgeted at $19,000, which was less than usual. However, the final negative cost came to $28,600, no doubt resulting from the extensive retakes.

It's likely that Our Gang's scene in "The Stolen Jools" was shot during January or February, around the time of the retakes for this film. This is contrary to Maltin & Bann's suggestion that it was shot after "Fly My Kite" (no. 107), which doesn't seem likely at all when one compares Shirley Jean Rickert's hair in the three films.

The 'Watt Street' routine derives from a turn-of-the-century vaudeville routine called "The Baker Scene."

A party for Our Gang was held at the end of shooting to celebrate the series' 10th anniversary. This may seem about a year too early, but according to Hal Roach Studios, the series began in July 1921, which meant that 1931 saw a fair amount of reference to this milestone.

A rejected press sheet for this film mentions Pete coming down with a case of 'klieg eyes.' This is a condition caused by the bright lights used in film production in which the unfortunate individual becomes temporarily blind. Presumably, the studio thought it best not to share this sensitive information with the public.

The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B330.

This is a quote from Shirley Jean Rickert's website: "Back in the 1930's people who went out 'on the town' were known as gad-abouts and the phrase I use is 'My Mother went out to gad'."

Reissue and television prints are titled "Bargain Days."


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 13 (VHS) from Cabin Fever and
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume Three (4 LD set) from Cabin Fever
Released 1995. This is a complete original print with excellent picture quality. The total footage lasts 18:47. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version. There are also several clips from this film included in the documentary Rascals And Racial Issues.

© 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)
Piet Schreuders (for providing additional musical information)
Paul Mular (for providing info on the Cabin Fever laserdiscs)


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