Filmed January 9 to 16, 1933. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted March 13, 1933, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP3713. Renewed
October 13, 1960, with registration no. R264096. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2028.
Released April 15, 1933. It was the 122nd film in the series to be released.
Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "The Kid From Borneo".'
Supporting role. The nickname wasn't used in this film. He has a little bit of dialogue, but is otherwise an ensemble player.
Supporting role. He has one line of dialogue, but is seen through most of the film as part of the group.
Supporting role. He's almost exclusively part of the ensemble in this film and has no dialogue.
Supporting role. He's the one remaining kid in the film, and purely an ensemble player.
Maltin & Bann also list Johnny "Uh-huh" Collum, but he's clearly not in the film.
Perhaps publicity photos reveal a deleted scene that included him, but the payroll ledger doesn't mention him. His father, Joe, however,
is listed as working in this film.
Pete the Pup IV
Small part. He's seen with the kids on the sidewalk and is chased along with them by Bumbo, but
disappears halfway through the film.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
John Lester Johnson as "Bumbo," The Wild Man from Borneo
Featured role. The kids think he's their uncle. He calls candy 'yum yum eat 'em up.'
May Wallace as the kids' mom
Small part. She sends her kids to the sideshow to visit their uncle.
Otto Fries as the kids' dad
Small part. He doesn't want his brother-in-law coming around the house.
Harry Bernard as the sideshow manager
Small part. He shows Bumbo to the man from the license bureau and then invites the kids in.
Dick Gilbert as a worker
Bit part. Of the three workers at the sideshow, he's the only one whose face is clearly shown.
Small parts and bit parts.
(1.) The man from the license bureau.
(2.) The stunt double for May Wallace.
(3.) The two other workers at the sideshow.
(4.) The man and the woman shown in portraits on the walls of the house.
(5.) The man on the sidewalk in the background of the chase sequence, running to the corner to see what's going on.
"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A1.) Most of this piece is played over the opening titles and while the letter is shown. The last half-verse
is played as Spanky laughs and the end title appears.
"Prelude" by Leroy Shield
A short part of this piece is played as the parents talk about Uncle George.
"Here We Go" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted 1930. This is played as the kids look at the letter and mistakenly think that the wild man is
their uncle. It's played again as Stymie is selected to go see where Bumbo is.
"Beautiful Lady" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. The beginning of this piece is played as the kids talk to their mother about
Uncle George. The beginning is repeated as Spanky makes small talk with Bumbo.
"Candy Candy" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played as Stymie hoards his candy from the other kids and Dickie shows
them the picture of the wild man. It's repeated twice in a row as Spanky gives Bumbo various items out of the icebox.
"Look At Him Now" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted 1931. This is played twice as the kids head off to see Uncle George, and the man from the
license bureau drops by for an inspection.
"Give Us A Hand" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Aug. 4, 1931. This is played as the kids first meet Bumbo. It's played again as Spanky
tries to knock out Bumbo and then gives him sardines.
"On To The Show" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. The very beginning of this piece is played as Stymie pulls out some candy and
Bumbo reacts. The rest is played as Bumbo drinks the jug of wine. This is the version reproduced on the second Beau Hunks CD.
"Fliver Flops" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Bumbo chases the kids back to the house. It's played
again as Bumbo chases Stymie around the house.
"Teeter-Totter" by Leroy Shield
This is played twice as Spanky closes the shades and meets up with Bumbo.
piece 122 by Leroy Shield
This is a short effect piece played as Stymie meets up with Bumbo. A reproduction can be heard on the
second Beau Hunks CD as an untitled addition to the "Funeral March" track. In that version, the musical track is
played only twice, whereas it's played three times in this film.
"Sliding" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. Also known as "Swell." This is played, with parts repeated, as the
kids start to get the upper hand on the wild man.
"Hide And Go Seek" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played as Spanky shoots flares at Bumbo's derriere and the parents get home.
the back porch
This looks to be the same one seen in many of the silent films, including "Ask Grandma" (no. 38).
the back yards
Maltin & Bann indicate that the scenes the kids are chased through are in Culver City.
the front door
If this is an actual location, then it's number 807 of whichever street it's on.
In the background as Spanky's running is a hill with a huge number 57 on it.
7 shooting dates went into the making of this film. About a month had passed since shooting finished for "Forgotten Babies" (no. 121).
Shooting for "The Kid From Borneo" started on Jan. 9th and finished on Jan. 16th. No shooting took place on Jan. 15th, which was a Sunday. After this,
about a week and a half passed before the Our Gang unit began filming "Mush And Milk" (no. 121).
This film was budgeted at a negative cost of $21,500.
The title of this film is a takeoff on "The Kid From Spain."
According to IMDb, this film had an estimated budget of $21,500.
In the category of unseen characters, the real Uncle George in this film is "George Billings."
This film was removed from King World's TV package in the early 70s.
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 18:41. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
Released 1985. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening title is remade, but the crew
credits and end title are original. The picture quality is very good, but the soundtrack has some problems. The original
footage totals 18:19, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:13.
Released late Oct. 2008. This is the Blackhawk print. There are also three clips from this film included
in the documentary The Story Of Hal Roach And Our Gang, two clips included in the documentary Rascals And Racial
Issues, and two clips included in the interview segment Memories Of Spanky (With Rick Sapphire).
Released Mar. 1, 2001. Reissued Aug. 13, 2002. Also included as part of
Our Gang Collector Series 4 Pack (4 DVD
set), released Mar. 21, 2001. Also included as part of
Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack (5 VHS
set/5 DVD set), VHS released Feb. 2002 and DVD released Mar. 2004. Also included as part of
Our Gang Double Feature (DVD), released
June 25, 2002. This is a TV print by Monogram Pictures Corporation from The Little Rascals series entitled
"Kid From Borneo." The opening title is remade, but the crew credits are original. The picture quality is good.
The original footage totals 18:14, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:11. There is also a clip
lasting 0:32 shown during the introductory portion of the DVD. 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) Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information) Paul Mular (for providing info on the Cabin Fever laserdiscs)