Release no. C-625.
Filmed October 17 to 22, 1932. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Title sheet prepared by Richard Currier on November 8, 1932.
Cutting continuity submitted November 19, 1932.
Copyrighted January 16, 1933, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP3561. Renewed
March 7, 1960, with registration no. R253249. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2028.
Released January 28, 1933. It was the 120th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Fish Hooky".'
King World Productions episode no. 19, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.
- Produced by Robert F. McGowan for
- The film credits Roach as a presenter, and designates it as "A Robert McGowan Production."
Maltin & Bann list Roach only for this credit.
- 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. The Blackhawk print adds the A. S. C. designation.
- Edited by Richard Currier
- This credit appears in the film.
- Recording Engineer: James Greene
- This credit appears in the film.
- Animal trainer: Tony Campanaro
- He trained the current Pete.
- 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
- general manager - Henry Ginsberg
- assistant general manager - L. A. French
- secretary-treasurer - C. H. Roach
- assistant secretary - Mat O'Brien
- sound department - Elmer Raguse
- 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 - Probably Don Sandstrom.
- writing - Robert F. McGowan probably headed story
development, while Carl Harbaugh, Frank Terry, Charlie Hall, Robert A. McGowan and Gordon
Douglas 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.
- Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie"
- Featured role. He's one of four boys that play hooky on the wrong day. He gets a bit of extra screen
time being chased by the truant officer.
- Dickie Moore as "Dickie Moore" aka "Dick"
- Featured role. Of the four truant boys, he and Stymie get the most dialogue.
- George "Spanky" McFarland
- Supporting role. The nickname doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity includes
it. Oddly enough, the snipe on the back of a press photo for this film indicates that his nickname was "Bumpy"
during this period. It's difficult to believe that this was anything more than a clerical error. He delivers the notes
back and forth between the boys and the teacher and accompanies the boys to the pier.
- Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
- Supporting role. He's given a fair amount of dialogue and pairs up with Uh-huh through much of
the film. His last name is implied in the film by the note signed by his mother, "Mrs. Hutchins."
- Johnny Collum as "Uh-huh"
- Supporting role. He's the fourth of the four truant boys and has the least amount of dialogue of the
four, but nevertheless is given plenty of screen time. Introduced in the cutting continuity as "Johnny (Uh Huh)."
- Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba as "Dorothy"
- Supporting role. She basically accompanies Miss Kornman through much of the film, helping to put one over on the boys.
- Bobbie "Cotton" Beard as "Cotton"
- Supporting role. You can just barely hear Stymie call him Cotton as they leave with the truant officer.
He accompanies Spanky through most of the film, and rides with the boys to the pier.
- Joe Cobb as "Joe"
- Small part. He writes the phony notes for the boys.
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
- Small part. He accompanies Joe and suggests to the boys that they play hooky. This was his last
appearance in the series.
- Donald Haines
- Small part. He has a couple of lines in the classroom scene, and can be seen on some of the rides. This
was his last appearance in the series.
- Georgie Billings
- Small part. He has one line in the classroom scene, and is also seen at the pier.
- Richard and Robert Smith
- Extras. These two are shown both in the classroom and on the roller coaster.
- Dickie Jackson
- Extra. He can be seen a handful of times at the pier.
- Henry Hanna
- Extra. He sits behind Dorothy in the classroom.
- Doris Oelze
- Extra. In the shot where Miss Kornman and Dorothy are in the gazebo and the schoolkids are surrounding
it, Doris can be seen at the far right of the picture, looking in the direction of the camera.
- Mildred Kornman
- Extra. The payroll ledger indicates that she worked in this film. She's in the second seat of the second row from the left in the classroom.
- other kids
- There are ten to fifteen additional kids in the class that are also seen in several shots at the pier.
Among them, according to Maltin & Bann, is Bobby De War, who seems to be right behind Mildred. There are also several additional kids shown at the
pier in the background.
- Pete the Pup IV
- Small part. He accompanies Joe and Farina and is only seen in the scenes next to the creek.
- Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
- other animals
- Bit parts and extras.
- (1.) The pony that Spanky and Cotton ride on.
- (2.) The two pigeons seen walking on the beach in the background.
- Mickey Daniels as "Mickey Daniels" aka "Mick,"
the truant officer
- Featured role. He chases the truant boys around the pier.
- Mary Kornman as "Miss Kornman" aka "Mary,"
the school teacher
- Supporting role. She decides to teach the boys a lesson by pretending not to know them. The cutting
continuity refers to her by her full name.
- Baldwin Cooke as the amusement park barker
- Bit part. He talks briefly to Stymie and Dickie.
- other adults
- Bit parts and extras.
- (1.) The roller coaster operator.
- (2.) Scores of people seen in the background at the pier.
- "Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
- (A1.) This is played over the opening titles and during the opening classroom scene. It's played again as Miss
Kornman pretends not to know the boys. It's played about one and a half times as Mickey tries to kiss Mary and the end
- "In My Canoe" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played during the scene with Joe and Farina and the boys. This is the
version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.
- "Beautiful Lady" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. The very beginning of this piece is played as Miss Kornman talks to Dorothy.
The rest of it is played as Spanky and Cotton bring the phony notes to Miss Kornman. The beginning is played again as
Mickey arrives at the beach threatening to send the boys to reform school.
- "You Are The One I Love" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. The middle part of this piece is played as Mickey meets up with Mary.
- "Candy Candy" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played, minus the introduction, as Mickey talks to Spanky, and as
Spanky returns to the other boys.
- "Wishing" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. A few seconds of this piece are played as the boys read the note from Miss
Kornman. A longer portion is played as the boys lament over picking the wrong day to play hooky. The second half of the
piece is played as the boys see the other kids going into the fun house. A few seconds are repeated as Mickey brings the
boys to Miss Kornman.
- "Bells" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played, with a little bit of the end missing, as the boys return to
school to find that everybody has left, and Mickey starts talking to them. It's played again as the kids try to get on
the rides wearing disguises.
- "Little Dancing Girl" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "Dancing Girl" and "Dancing Girls." This is
played as Mickey describes reform school. It's played again as the boys unsuccessfully try to get on the rides. This
is the version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.
- "Here We Go" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted 1930. A few seconds of this piece are played as Mickey offers to drive the boys to the pier.
A longer portion is played as Mickey puts gas in his car.
- "Hide And Go Seek" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. A few seconds of this piece are played as we first see the amusement pier. A
longer portion is played as the boys watch the other kids on the roller coaster and the airplane ride.
- piece 120
- This piece is played at the pier in the initial shots taken there, and overlapped by "Hide And Go
Seek." It's repeated during the closeups of the airplane ride.
- "Dash And Dot" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted 1930. About half of this piece is played as Mickey catches up to Wheezer and Uh-huh, and
catches Dickie as well. One verse is repeated as Mickey catches Stymie.
- "Fliver Flops" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played while Mickey chases Stymie. It fades out before the end, and
also speeds up in the middle verse, differing from the version reproduced by the Beau Hunks.
- Venice Pier
- Filming was done here from the 17th through the 20th of October. Specifically, for the 17th, the studio
datebook states 'Venice Pier, etc.' Shown in the various shots are the Some Kick roller coaster, the Fun House,
the Flying Circus, the Racing Derby, the Niagara Barrel ride, and the merry-go-round. Stymie recollected filming
having been done at Santa Monica Pier, but this is incorrect.
- Hal Roach Ranch
- Filming was done here on both Oct. 21st and 22nd. The school room scene was shot on the 22nd. The sign
over the door of the schoolhouse says 'District School No. 6.' The access road leading onto the property was used
in the shot where the boys are rushing to school. This was located roughly where David Avenue is nowadays, just west of
- Ballona Creek, Culver City
- In his interview with Buddy McDonald, Richard Bann reveals that this location was used, no doubt for the
fishing scenes. Perhaps this is the footage shot on Oct. 21st.
6 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Five weeks had passed since shooting finished for "A Lad
An' A Lamp" (no. 119). The studio was closed for the final two weeks. The day of the reopening, Oct.
17th, shooting began for "Fish Hooky," and continued until Oct. 22nd. No shooting took place on Oct. 16th, which
was a Sunday. After this, six weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began filming "Forgotten Babies" (no.
121). The studio was closed during one of those weeks.
Footage shot at Venice Pier, most of which didn't make it into this film, was included in a montage for "Mush
And Milk" (no. 123), the first half of which was also included in the Charley Chase film "Arabian
The 1932 studio datebook gives quite a few details about each of the shooting dates, which read as follows:
Mon., Oct. 17 - Studio Reopened (after 2 weeks close) - G-13 (begin) Shooting - McGowan
directing - Location - Venice Pier etc. - weather clear
Tue., Oct. 18 - G-13 Shooting - McGowan directing - Location Venice - weather clear
Wed., Oct. 19 - G-13 Shooting - McGowan directing - Location Venice - weather clear
Thu., Oct. 20 - G-13 Shooting - McGowan directing - Location Venice - weather clear
Fri., Oct. 21 - G-13 Shooting - McGowan directing - Location Culver City Ranch - weather clear
Sat., Oct. 22 - G-13 Shooting - McGowan directing - Ranch - School Room Set - weather clear -
The little calendar at the beginning of the film indicates that it's May 1931 in the story.
The pier is named Seaside Pier in the film.
In the category of unseen characters, Farina makes reference to "Miss Crabtree." The phony
notes also make reference to "Mrs. Moore" and "Mrs. Hutchins."
Reel two opens at the pier.
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B418.
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 16
(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
18:17. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
- 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 Little Rascals - The Complete Collection
(8 DVD set) from Genius Products
- Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version.
- The Little Rascals: Fish Hooky/Spooky
Hooky (VHS) from
Republic Pictures Home Video
- Released 1990. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening and end titles, and the crew
credits are remade. The picture quality is good. The original footage totals 17:45, but the original soundtrack lasts
an additional 0:26.
- The Little Rascals Book XXII (VHS)
from Blackhawk Video
- This is the Blackhawk print.
- Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from
Embassy Home Entertainment
- Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 0:06 is included as part of the
opening montage for this documentary, showing a closeup of Stymie talking to the carnival barker. Another clip lasting
0:17 is included, showing the kids on the roller coaster, with music and narration added.
- Jackie Remembers Our Gang - The Silent Era
(VHS/DVD) from Jackie Taylor
- A clip lasting 0:09 is included, showing Joe and Farina talking to the kids, with narration added.
Four seconds of this footage is repeated later, also with narration added.
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