Filmed August 12 to 28, 1931. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Title sheet prepared by Richard Currier on September 24, 1931.
Cutting continuity submitted October 3, 1931.
Copyrighted October 27, 1931, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP2586. Renewed
December 2, 1958, with registration no. R225704. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2026.
Released November 21, 1931. It was the 110th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Dogs Is
King World Productions episode no. 28, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.
Lead role. His mean stepmother puts Pete in the pound.
Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie"
Featured role. He provides almost all of the funny business in this short.
Sherwood Bailey as "Sherwood" aka "Spud"
Featured role. He's the spoiled son of Wheezer's stepmother, and frames Pete for what Nero
Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba as "Dorothy"
Supporting role. She's Wheezer's sister, and is mostly seen at the breakfast table.
Dickie Jackson as "Dickey" aka "Dick"
Supporting role. He fishes in the well and alerts Wheezer when Sherwood falls in. The spelling of the
character name derives from the cutting continuity, and may actually reflect the way it was usually spelled.
Pete the Pup III as "Pete" aka "Petey"
Featured role. He frolics with Wheezer, gets shot at, and ends up in the pound.
dog 074 as "Nero"
Supporting role. He's spoiled by Sherwood, and ends up eating one of Mr. Brown's chickens.
Presumably the same German shepherd seen previously.
Small part. He gets coffee flung at him repeatedly.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
Extras. Four additional dogs can be seen at the pound.
Blanche Payson as Sherwood's mother
Supporting role. She spoils her own son while neglecting her stepchildren.
Billy Gilbert as "Mr. Brown"
Supporting role. He tries to shoot Pete.
Lyle Tayo as the kids' aunt
Small part. She appears at the end of the film to take the kids to their father.
Harry Bernard as the cop
Small part. He brings a stop to the shooting, but has Pete put in the pound.
Baldwin Cooke as the driver
Bit part. He's seen letting the kids into the car.
"Fanfare" by Leroy Shield
This is played over the MGM lion.
"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A1.) This is played over the opening titles. It's repeated as the kids leave in the car and the end title appears.
"Bride's Song" by Leroy Shield
This is played as we're introduced to the main characters.
"Prelude" by Leroy Shield
Most of this piece is played through to the end as Sherwood tells on Wheezer and his stepmother gives him
a spanking. The missing part from the beginning is played as Wheezer cries and Pete comforts him.
"Intermezzo" by Leroy Shield
A little over half of this piece is played as Wheezer hits Sherwood and his stepmother punishes him a
second time. Over half is played again to the end of the piece as the kids are getting ready to go to their father.
"Wishing" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Most of this is played as Dorothy comforts Wheezer and their stepmother orders
Wheezer to take care of Sherwood.
"Little Dancing Girl" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "Dancing Girl" and "Dancing Girls." This is
played as Stymie talks to Pete, and Wheezer puts tabasco sauce on Sherwood's breakfast. It's played again as
Sherwood is pulled out of the well. This is the version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.
"The One I Love Best" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "All The World (To Me)." The fast ending part
is played as Nero and Sherwood eat the tainted food.
"Candy Candy" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played as Stymie enters the kitchen and eats some mush. It's
played again as Sherwood blames Pete for killing Mr. Brown's chicken.
"Bells" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Most of this is played as Stymie continues his story about the ham and eggs
and Sherwood starts to fall for the trick. The very beginning of the version without bells is played as Wheezer and Stymie
discover what Nero has done.
"Riding Along" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played, minus the introduction, as the ham and eggs are cooking and
continues as Sherwood is pushed into the well.
"In My Canoe" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Dickie tells Wheezer that Sherwood fell in the well, and as
Stymie holds the short rope for Sherwood. This is the version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.
"Sliding" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. Also known as "Swells." This is played as Mr. Brown tries to shoot Pete.
"Hurry" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted 1931. Most of this piece is played as the kids continue to throw eggs at Mr. Brown.
"Dog Song" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. This is played during the dog pound scene.
3584 Helms Avenue, Culver City
The outside of this house is shown at the end of the film.
City Dog Pound
This could possibly be the real thing, but just as easily a mock-up.
The house where Billy Gilbert lives is also Estelle Ettere's house in "The Pooch" (no. 115).
15 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Five weeks had passed since shooting finished for "Shiver My
Timbers" (no. 109), with the studio being closed during one of those weeks. The 'start' date for
"Dogs Is Dogs" arrived on Aug. 12th, and shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Aug. 28th. No
shooting took place on Aug. 16th or 23rd, which were both Sundays. After this, four and a half weeks passed before the Our
Gang unit began filming "Readin' And Writin'" (no. 111). The studio was closed during one of
According to a Variety item of May 3, 1950, this short was 'tradeshown' in New York on May 1st by
Monogram in anticipation of the reissue to theaters of the Our Gang shorts as "The Little Rascals." Two others
shorts were shown with it: "Forgotten Babies" (no. 121) and "Mama's Little Pirate"
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B396.
Released July 6, 1994. Also released as part of 12 VHS boxed set. This is a complete original print with
excellent picture quality. The total footage lasts 20:39. This verions has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
Released Oct. 1992. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening titles and crew credits are
remade, but the end title is original. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 20:09, but the
original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:22.
Released Mar. 1 or 21, 2001. Presumably released initially on VHS. Included as part of
The Little Rascals 4-Pack DVD, released May
29, 2001, and probably also
Our Gang Collection (10 VHS set/8 DVD
set), released May 7, 2002. This version has also appeared in bootleg form.
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) Piet Schreuders (for identifying "Fanfare")