Dogs Is Dogs

film no. 110


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 5 (VHS) from Cabin Fever and
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume One (4 LD set) from Cabin Fever
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.

The Little Rascals Volume 5: Collector's Edition (VHS) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
Released Aug. 15, 2000. Also included as part of The Little Rascals Volumes 1-5: Collector's Edition (5 VHS set) and The Little Rascals Volumes 1-10: Collector's Edition (10 VHS set), both released Aug. 15, 2000.

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 5 & Vol. 6 (DVD) from Cabin Fever
Same contents as the Cabin Fever VHS releases. Also released as part of The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited (6 DVD set).

For Pete's Sake (VHS) from Cabin Fever
Released Aug. 27, 1997.

The Little Rascals (DVD) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
Released Aug. 19, 2003. This is a copy of the Cabin Fever version.

The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever release.

The Little Rascals Colorized Collection (VHS) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
Released Apr. 19, 1999. One of six same-named VHS releases, each with three colorized films, deriving from the Cabin Fever versions.

The Best Of The Little Rascals (VHS) from NTA Home Entertainment
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.

The Little Rascals Book III (VHS) from Blackhawk Video
This is the Blackhawk print.

The Little Rascals - Little Papa/Dogs Is Dogs/Sprucin' Up (VHS/DVD)
from GoodTimes Home Video
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.

The Little Rascals - Funniest Episodes (5 VHS set) from GoodTimes Home Video
Released June 25, 2002.

The Our Gang Story (VHS/DVD) from GoodTimes Home Video
VHS released 1994. DVD released May 21, 2002. Also included as part of Our Gang Collector Series 4 Pack (4 DVD set), released Mar. 21, 2001, Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack (5 VHS/DVD set), released Feb. 2002 (VHS) and Mar. 2004 (DVD), and The Best Of Our Gang Volume 1 (DVD) released June 1, 2004. A clip lasting 0:08 is included, showing the opening titles of the Kids and Pets print from Erko Inc., with narration added.


technical details:

Production G-3.

Filmed August 12 to 28, 1931. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

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.

All-talking two-reeler.

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

King World Productions episode no. 28, 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.

Recording Engineer: Elmer Raguse
Not listed by Maltin & Bann. 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.

Western Electric System
As indicated in the film.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
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 does.

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.


the animals:

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.

cat 080
Small part. He gets coffee flung at him repeatedly.

Leo
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.

other animals
Extras. Four additional dogs can be seen at the pound.


the adults:

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.


the music:

"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.


the locations:

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.

house
The house where Billy Gilbert lives is also Estelle Ettere's house in "The Pooch" (no. 115).


miscellaneous:

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 those weeks.


©May 20, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 7/4, 7/9, 7/10, 8/27, 8/30, 12/19.
2006 updates: 1/3, 1/16, 2/11, 5/16, 7/25, 10/25, 11/2.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/22.
2008 updates: 2/21, 4/25, 7/6, 7/12, 7/24, 8/27, 11/6.
2009 updates: 6/9.


Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore, Paul Mular and Piet Schreuders for assistance on this page.


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