Release no. C-338.
Filmed March 2 to 14, 1931. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Title sheet prepared by Richard Currier on March 26, 1931.
Cutting continuity submitted April 1, 1931.
Music cue sheet prepared April 29, 1931.
Copyrighted May 7, 1931, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP2196. Renewed December 2, 1958, with registration no. R225697. This copyright is currently
due to expire at the end of 2026.
Released May 30, 1931. It was the 107th film in the series to be released, and the last during the 1930/31 season.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Fly My Kite".'
King World Productions episode no. 29, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.
- 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 Engineer: 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. This was the final film for which Victor prepared discs, this taking place on Mar. 31, 1931. After this, only the sound-on-film format would be
- 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
- 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.
- animation - Probably the work of Roy Seawright.
- Norman "Chubby" Chaney as "Chubby"
- Supporting role. Grandma attaches the bonds to the tail of his kite. This was his final appearance in the series.
- Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie"
- Supporting role. He provides the wisecracks throughout the proceedings.
- Georgie Ernest
- Supporting role. He has a boxing match with Grandma.
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
- Supporting role. He takes somewhat of a leadership role during the finale.
- Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
- Supporting role. He finds the bonds and tries to set fire to them.
- Dickie Jackson as "Dickie"
- Supporting role. He's with Chubby during the kite-flying sequence. Listed in the cutting continuity as "Dicky." This was his series debut.
- Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba
- Supporting role. She's present throughout the film, but aside from using the fireplace tongs, is an ensemble player. Her name isn't mentioned in the dialogue, but the cutting
continuity lists her as "Dorothy."
- Mary Ann Jackson as "Mary"
- Supporting role. Aside from whacking Dan with a stick, she's mostly an ensemble player. She's listed as "Mary Ann" in the cutting continuity. This was her final
appearance in the series.
- Shirley Jean Rickert
- Supporting role. She does mostly ensemble acting in this short. Her name isn't mentioned in the dialogue, but she's listed as "Shirley" in the cutting continuity. This
was her final appearance in the series.
- Perry Glass
- Supporting role. He's the boy who destroys Dan's watch.
- Charles "Chic" Sale, Jr.
- Small part. He's the boy with the lasso. Maltin & Bann spell his last name as Sales. The studio issued a press release about young Charles, which I've copied
into the 'miscellaneous' section below.
- questionable listing
- Maltin & Bann also list Jackie Williams, who is not in this film.
- Pete the Pup III
- Supporting role. He's with Chubby throughout the film, and plays keep-away from Dan.
- cat 080
- Bit part. He knocks a couple of pans down from the shelf. Presumably the mouse being chased by the cat is fake.
- Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
- other animals
- There are about five goldfish in the bowl in Grandma's house.
- Margaret Mann as "Mrs. Margaret Mann" aka "Grandma" aka "Granny"
- Featured role. She's in danger of being sent to the county home, until it turns out that her bonds are worth a lot of money.
- James Mason as "Dan"
- Featured role. He's Grandma's skinflint son-in-law. His name was "Jim" in the synopsis. He's described as Margaret Mann's adopted boy in studio
documentation, but the film contradicts this. The cutting continuity introduces him as "Dan (Jimmy Mason)."
- Eddie DeComa doubling for Margaret Mann
- Small part. He's seen quite a bit in the film, doing all of Grandma's acrobatic work. The payroll ledger reveals that he was given a two-week contract for this film, and
since he was an acrobat, I'm presuming that he did the stunts. Listed by Maltin & Bann as David Sharpe, who isn't mentioned in the ledger among the names for this film.
- Broderick O'Farrell as the bond agent
- Small part. He informs Dan about the value of the bonds. Listed in the cutting continuity as "Agent."
- Mae Busch as Dan's new wife
- Bit part. She's shown in the car ordering Dan to get rid of Grandma. The cutting continuity identifies her only as "woman."
- other adults
- Bit part. The only remaining adults are the cop that Grandma summons to arrest Dan, and somebody looking out the window of one of the houses across the street from the vacant lot. The
ledger includes Milton Metts, Wells Simpson and Charles A. Bachman. The cop doesn't seem to be Bachman, and I'm not familiar with the other two names, but in any
event, two of these three must have wound up on the cutting room floor.
- The soundtrack for this film was recorded on April 2, 1931.
- "Fanfare" by Leroy Shield
- The last chord of the fanfare is heard as the MGM lion is seen. It's probable that original prints included the entire fanfare.
- "Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
- (A13.) The thirteenth version is played over the opening titles.
- (A12.) The very end of the twelfth version is played as Farina has Stymie by the hand and the end title appears.
- "Heap Big Injun" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. This is played as Grandma reads the story to the kids.
- "On To The Show" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played during the boxing sequence. This version is similar to the one reproduced on the second Beau Hunks CD.
- "The Villain" by Leroy Shield
- Part of the "Goofs Suite." Listed as "Villain" on the music cue sheet. This is played as we're first introduced to Dan and his wife. It's played again as Dan
returns and breaks Grandma's glasses.
- "Grandma Plays" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931, under the erroneous title "Grandpa Plays." This is played as Dan walks into the house. It's overlapped by some piano playing by Grandma.
- "Prelude" by Leroy Shield
- This is played as Dan gives Grandma the bad news. The opening is repeated as the kids comfort Grandma. Part of it is repeated as Dan reads the letter to Grandma and runs outside to get
- "Go Get Him" by Leroy Shield
- This is played as the kids punish Dan inside the house. The original issue of the Beau Hunks "On To The Show!" CD identified this piece as "Instrumental
(Hurry)." The recent reissue revises this. The cue sheet lists it as "Hurry."
- "Miser" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Dan reads the letter and is partially repeated as he talks to the bond agent.
- "Wishing" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Parts of this piece are played as Wheezer finds the bonds.
- "You Are The One I Love" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Most of this is played as Grandma helps Chubby with his kite and continues as he first flies it.
- "Sliding" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. Also known as "Swells." This is played as Dan struggles with Chubby and Dickie, and Grandma reads the letter. It's repeated during the telephone
- "Hide And Go Seek" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played as Pete plays keep-away with the kite. This seems to be going at a faster tempo than it did in "Pups Is Pups" (no. 100). A
very fast version is played as Grandma summons the cop.
- other music
- The only remaining music is the piano improvisation by Margaret Mann, which is overlapped by the Shield tune "Grandma Plays."
- Overland Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- The site of the vacant lot where the kite is flown is on this street between Regent Street and Francis Place. Shown in the background are several houses across the street, including
3650, 3658 and 3668 Overland Avenue.
- Cadillac Avenue and Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles
- The cop is leaning against the street sign at the southeast corner of these two streets.
- Hal Roach Ranch
- The scene with the telephone pole was shot along the access road that led into the ranch. It was located roughly where David Avenue is nowadays, just west of Robertson Boulevard.
- 546 Orange Drive, Los Angeles
- This is Grandma's address as shown on the envelope from the Imperial Steel Company, and the number is also shown on the house.
12 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Four weeks after shooting finished for "Bargain Day" (no. 106), the 'start' date arrived for "Fly My
Kite" on Mar. 2nd. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Mar. 14th. No shooting took place on Mar. 1st or 8th, which were both Sundays. After this, ten weeks passed
before the Our Gang unit began to film "Big Ears" (no. 108). The studio was closed for six of those weeks.
From a press release for this film: "'But, Daddy, you haven't done so bad, yourself,' was the answer Charles 'Chic' Sales Jr. gave his paternal parent after a
long talk on the advantages and disadvantages of a career in the moving picture industry. Young Charles had a yen for the movies, and without the consent of his Dad went over to the Hal
Roach Studios to apply for work in the famous Our Gang Comedies. Father found out, however, and because his son did not first ask him about it, penalized Charles, Jr. to the extent that he
was to ride to and from the studio on his bike - no help would be given, and because Charles, Jr. is a good sport, no help was asked. The result of an interview with Robert McGowan,
director of the famous kid troupe, was a call the next morning to work on "Fly My Kite," a current Our Gang comedy. Charles, Jr. got out his bike and pedaled his way out to Culver
City with high hopes of being famous some day - like his Dad. Master Sales had quite a 'bit' in this Our Gang comedy, which is now on the program at the _____ Theatre, and he
liked the work so well he is hoping he can play again with Our Gang. Who knows?" The working copy of this item named him Charles ("Chick") Sales, Jr., but
pencilled-in corrections rendered it as Charles ("Chic") Sale, Jr.
Grandma is reading from the Wild West Weekly of Nov. 1, 1930, at the beginning of this film.
Reel one ends just as Wheezer finds the bonds.
The set for the stock broker's office was also used in the concurrently filmed Laurel & Hardy short "Chickens Come Home."
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B421.
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