Filmed March 9 to 17, 1932. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Released June 11, 1932. It was the 115th film in the series to be released, and the last of the 1931/32 season.
Copyrighted June 13, 1932, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP3086. Renewed
February 17, 1960, with registration no. R252229. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2027.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "The
King World Productions episode no. 7, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.
writing - Robert F. McGowan probably headed story
development, while Robert A. McGowan, Carl Harbaugh, Frank Terry, Raymond McCarey, Billy
Gilbert and Charlie Hall 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.
Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie"
Lead role. He saves the gang's dogs from the dogcatcher, but then has to come up with five dollars to
George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Featured role. This is the second of two films to introduce him in a special title card reading 'With
Spanky.' He accompanies Stymie throughout the film and provides much of the comedy.
Kendall "Breezy Brisbane" McComas as "Breezy"
Supporting role. He's the leader among the gang.
Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba
Supporting role. She witnesses Stymie setting the dogs free and then defends him when the gang accuses him.
Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins
Supporting role. The nickname wasn't used in this film. He only has a few lines and mostly does
Supporting role. Maltin & Bann indicate that his nickname was "Spud" in this film, but it
wasn't used. He does mostly ensemble acting with few lines of dialogue.
Harold "Bouncy" Wertz
Supporting role. The nickname wasn't used in this film. He's present with the other members of
the gang, but has no lines.
Small part. She reads the signs for Stymie.
Small part. He throws a donut down to Stymie.
Extras. While the dogcatcher is struggling with Pete, a kid (probably a boy) can be seen in the
background in the yard of a house. It appears that a second person, perhaps a kid, is on the porch.
Pete the Pup III as "Pete" aka "Petey"
Featured role. The story revolves around him, as he's taken by the dogcatcher, but lives to chase him
down the road in the end. This was the last appearance of Pete III.
dog 105b as "Pointer"
Small part. This is Breezy's dog.
Small part. This is Sherwood's dog.
Small part. This is Wheezer's dog.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
Bit parts and extras. Bouncy's dog looks to be a German shepherd, but I think it's different than
the one usually seen. There is also a white dog that the dogcatcher is about to load into the truck when he comes across
Spanky. Also, there are four dogs in the background at the pound.
Budd Fine as "Budd," the dog catcher
Supporting role. The gang attacks him when he takes Pete, and he takes glee in the prospect of gassing the dog.
Harry Bernard as the police officer
Supporting role. He tries to catch Stymie to retrieve the five dollar bill.
May Wallace as the second housewife
Small part. Her frosty disposition is warmed by Stymie's charm, and she ends up giving him a feast.
Dick Gilbert as the co-worker at the dog pound
Small part. He tries to tell Budd that there's no gas in the cylinders.
Estelle Ettere as the first housewife
Small part. The 1977 edition lists her as Belle Hare. She gives Stymie dog biscuits.
Baldwin Cooke as the diner attendant
Small part. He refuses to give Stymie free food.
Bit part. She's the woman who loses five dollars.
Bit parts and extras.
(1.) The street sweeper, who's only seen from the waist down.
(2.) The woman seen in the background as the gang is racing to the dog pound.
"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 and as we're first introduced to Stymie and Spanky.
"Teeter-Totter" by Leroy Shield
This is played as Stymie and Spanky decide what they want to eat. It's repeated as Spanky throws dog
biscuits to Pete. It's played again as the dog catcher grabs Pete.
"Bride's Song" by Leroy Shield
This is played as Stymie and Spanky leave the lunch counter and Dickie throws a donut down to them.
"Little Dancing Girl" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "Dancing Girl" and "Dancing Girls." Most of
this piece is played as Stymie and Spanky see the gang putting up signs. It's played in full at the end of
Spanky's dog biscuit scene with Pete and the beginning of Stymie's scene with May Wallace. This is the version
reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.
"Ezra" by Leroy Shield
Also known as "Ears." This is played and repeated as Artye reads the signs for Stymie.
"Candy, Candy" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played as we're introduced to Brisbane, and as Stymie gets dog
biscuits for Pete.
"Riding Along" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played twice in a row as Stymie puzzles over the artichoke and frees
the gang's dogs from the dog catcher's wagon.
"Dash And Dot" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted 1930. This is played as Stymie struggles to hide the gang's dogs.
"Intermezzo" by Leroy Shield
Most of this piece is played as the gang confronts Stymie and then welcomes him back into the fold.
"Prelude" by Leroy Shield
The beginning of this piece is played as Stymie pleads with the dogcatcher. The end is played as the gang
arrives at the dog pound and Pete chases the dogcatcher and the end title appears.
"Hide And Go Seek" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. Most of this piece is played as the gang attacks the dogcatcher. Most of it is
repeated as the gang races to save Pete.
"In My Canoe" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Most of this piece is played as Stymie prays for five dollars and gets it.
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 and repeated as the cop chases Stymie.
Hal E. Roach Studios, Culver City
The New York street set is used for the early exterior shots.
Hal E. Roach Ranch
The dog pound looks authentic, but I suspect it was actually a mockup put together at the ranch. The
adjacent eucalyptus-lined road looks very much like the access road leading into the ranch. This road was roughly
where David Avenue is nowadays, just west of Robertson Boulevard.
Motor Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
In a longshot, the gang runs along a diagonal trail through a vacant lot. This lot was located on the
northwest corner of Motor and Woodbine. When the wind blows the money out of the old woman's hand, she appears to be
in the doorway of the grocery store at 3384 Motor.
Woodbine Street, Palms district, Los Angeles
In the shot where the boys are standing in front of a fence and acquire the box of rotten fruit,
they're standing on the north side of Woodbine at the opening of the alley east of Motor Avenue.
The house where Estelle Ettere lives is also Billy Gilbert's house in "Dogs Is Dogs"
8 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Five weeks had passed since shooting finished for
"Choo-Choo!" (no. 114). The studio was closed during one of those weeks. The 'start'
date for "The Pooch" arrived on Mar. 9th, and shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Mar. 17th.
No shooting took place on Mar. 13th, which was a Sunday. After this, nine weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began
shooting "Hook And Ladder" (no. 116). The studio was closed during five of those weeks.
A story version of this film, entitled "Three Poor Orphans," appeared in the book Our Gang Annual in
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 20:12. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs. There's
also a clip lasting 0:02 included in the opening advertisement of all the Cabin Fever VHS releases, which shows Stymie
first noticing the dog catcher.
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.
Released Apr. 18, 2006. Includes a documentary entitled "Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts
Story. This documentary contains two clips from this film back-to-back. The first lasts 0:05, and shows the
gang sitting on the curb. The second lasts 0:13, and shows the gang letting Stymie back into their ranks.
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) Bob Satterfield & Richard Bann (for identifying the location of the ranch) Piet Schreuders (for identifying "Fanfare")