Hi'-Neighbor!

film no. 126


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 11 (VHS) from Cabin Fever and
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume Two (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 17:39. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs. There are also two clips included in the opening advertisement of all the Cabin Fever VHS releases. The 1st lasts 0:02, and shows the boys dragging their feet on the sidewalk. The 2nd lasts 0:02, and shows Wally talking to the other boys.

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 11 & Vol. 12 (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).

The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version. There are also two clips from this film included in the documentary The Story Of Hal Roach And Our Gang, and two clips included in the documentary Rascals And Racial Issues.

The Little Rascals Two Reelers Vol. 5 (VHS) from Spotlite Video
Released 1986. It was also included as part of a 6 VHS boxed set. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening titles are remade, but the crew credits and the end title are original. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 17:21, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:07.

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

The Best Of The Little Rascals (LD) from Republic Pictures Home Video
Released 1989. This is the Blackhawk print.

Hal Roach's Rascals 3-Tape Set (3 VHS set) and
Hal Roach's Rascals (DVD) from Brentwood Video
VHS released Feb. 2000. DVD also included in a 2 DVD set with same-named volume. This is the home movie print from Blackhawk, but with the company name blacked out. Also included is a documentary entitled Hollywood Hall Of Fame, with 34 clips from this film. The 1st lasts 0:03, and shows the boys walking down the sidewalk. The 2nd lasts 0:02, and shows the boys standing. The 3rd lasts 0:03, and shows the last shot of Spanky. The 4th lasts 0:03, and shows the boys moving the fire engine. The 5th lasts 0:02, and shows the race. The 6th lasts 0:02, and shows Spanky in the trash. The 7th lasts 0:02, and shows Spanky and Scotty. The 8th lasts 0:02, and shows the boys walking. The 9th lasts 0:02, and shows the boys building their fire engine. The 10th lasts 0:01, and shows the boys following the truck. The 11th lasts 0:17, and shows the race. The 12th lasts 0:03, and shows Spanky talking to the movers. The 13th lasts 0:05, and shows the boys looking into the mirror. The 14th lasts 0:03, and shows Jerry losing his pants. The 15th lasts 0:02, and shows the gang standing. The 16th lasts 0:03, and shows Stymie. The 17th lasts 0:15, and shows Spanky, Stymie, and Scotty. The 18th lasts 0:01, and shows Spanky, Pete, and Wally. The 19th lasts 0:02, and shows Pete's ears sticking up. The 20th lasts 0:03, and shows Stymie. The 21st lasts 0:02, and shows Stymie sliding along the rope. The 22nd lasts 0:04, and shows Scotty in the outhouse. The 23rd lasts 0:03, and shows Scotty and Spanky. The 24th lasts 0:03, and shows Jerry being a snob. The 25th lasts 0:31, and shows the gang meeting Jerry. The 26th lasts 0:36, and shows Jerry clearing the gang away from his fire engine. The 27th lasts 0:17, and shows Wally deciding to build one, with other shots interspliced. The 28th lasts 0:10, and shows the gang building their fire engine. The 29th lasts 1:07, and shows Jackie turning down the gang. The 30th lasts 0:47, and shows the race and the end of the film. The 31st lasts 0:01, and shows Donald with the other boys. The 32nd lasts 0:03, and shows the boys going through the hedge. The 33rd lasts 0:01, and shows the boys walking. And the 34th lasts 0:01, and shows Spanky winking.

Our Gang Comedies presents Hal Roach's Rascals 2 Pack (2 VHS set) from Brentwood Video
Released Nov. 2000. Also released as part of Our Gang Comedies presents Hal Roach's Rascals 10 Pack (10 VHS set).

The Little Rascals - Hook And Ladder/Hi Neighbor/Sundown Ltd. (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 is a TV print made by Allied Artists Productions from The Little Rascals and entitled "Hi Neighbor" (with no punctuation). The opening titles are remade, but the crew credits and end title are original. However, the end title is cropped so that the NRA emblem is missing. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 16:58, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:07. 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 Best Of Our Gang Volume 2 (DVD) from GoodTimes Home Video
Released June 1, 2004. Also included as part of The Best Of Our Gang Volumes 1 & 2 (2 DVD set).

Little Rascals Greatest Hits (VHS/DVD) from GoodTimes Home Video
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 print from Allied Artists Productions. There is also a clip lasting 0:19 shown during the introductory portion of the DVD.

The Best Of Our Gang (DVD) from Genius Entertainment
Released Mar. 27, 2007. Also included as part of The Little Rascals In Color! (3 DVD set). This is the Allied Artists print, included both as a colorized print, and in the original black-and-white.

Adventures Of The Little Rascals (VHS) from Republic Pictures Home Video
The Little Rascals & Our Gang Collection Vol. 2 (DVD) from Janus Entertainment, Inc.
It's also included with Vol. 1 in a 2 DVD set entitled The Little Rascals Our Gang Collector's Edition.

Our Gang Volume 2 (DVD) from TV Classics
Released Sep. 5, 2003.

Three Stooges, Little Rascals & East Side Kids Collection (5 DVD set) from Diamond Ent. Corp.
Released Aug. 30, 2005.

Classic Troublemakers (3 DVD set) from St. Clair Entertainment
Released Oct. 25, 2005.

Our Gang: Hilarious Hits (DVD) from Quality Television
Released Oct. 31, 2006. Also included as part of Our Gang: Terrific Tot Tales (2 DVD set) released Apr. 24, 2007.

Little Rascals Volume 2 (DVD) from East West Entertainment
Released 2005. This is the Blackhawk print, but with the company name blacked out. The first couple of seconds are missing from the opening title.

Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 4:14 is included, showing the kids meeting up with the new kid. This is immediately followed by a clip lasting 2:17, showing the race down the hill. This second clip has music and narration added.

Jackie Remembers Our Gang - Memories From Little Rascals Family Theater (VHS/DVD) from Jackie Taylor
Eight clips are included from this film. The first lasts 0:07, and shows Jackie Taylor. The second lasts 0:15, and shows Spanky, Pete and Wally, with narration added. The third lasts 0:57, and shows the gang arriving in their fire engine. The fourth lasts 0:03, and shows Jerry and Jackie, with narration added. The fifth lasts 0:05, and shows the kids on the hill. The sixth lasts 0:02, and shows Spanky. The seventh lasts 2:09, and shows the race down the hill, with narration added. And the eighth lasts 0:17, and is taken from two different scenes.

Jackie Remembers Our Gang - The Silent Era (VHS/DVD) from Jackie Taylor
A clip lasting 1:26 is included, showing Jane getting into Jerry's fire engine, with narration added.

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 0:21 is included in the introduction, showing parts of the downhill race. Three more clips are shown during the main body of the documentary, all with narration added. The first lasts 1:54, and shows Jane getting into Jerry's fire engine. The second lasts 0:47, and shows Spanky and Scotty trying to find a place to sit. The third lasts 1:55, and shows the race down the hill. A freeze-frame of the opening title card from the Allied Artists print is also shown.

Laurel And Hardy Collection (2 DVD set) from Warner Home Video
Released Apr. 18, 2006. Includes a documentary entitled "Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story. This documentary contains seven clips from this film. The first lasts 0:22, and shows Jane's reaction to Jerry's fire engine. The next four are back-to-back. The first of these lasts 0:29, and shows the gang deciding to build their own fire engine. This is followed by two short clips totaling 0:04, and showing the boys scavenging parts for their fire engine. The last of these lasts 0:08, and shows Spanky handing Stymie the wheel. The sixth clip overall lasts 0:07, and shows the finished fire engine, and the final clip lasts 0:03, and shows the downhill race.


technical details:

Production G-19.

Filmed probably around mid-winter 1934.

Copyrighted February 24, 1934, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP4536. Renewed August 29, 1961, with registration no. R280997. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2029.

Released March 3, 1934. It was the 126th film in the series to be released.

All-talking two-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Hi'-Neighbor!".'

King World Productions episode no. 30, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions. This version is listed as "Hi, Neighbor!."


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Credited in the film as a presenter. The TV print credits it as 'A Hal Roach Production.'

Directed by Gus Meins
This credit appears in the film.

Photography: Art Lloyd
This credit appears in the film.

Film Editor: Louis McManus
This credit appears in the film.

Recording Engineer: Harry Baker
Not listed by Maltin & Bann. 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.

NRA
The National Recovery Administration emblem is shown in both the opening and end titles.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

Wally Albright as "Wally"
Lead role. He's the leader of the gang and has the idea to build the fire engine.

George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Featured role. He's present throughout the film, providing most of the humor.

Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie"
Supporting role. He has quite of lot of the dialogue, and serves as the brakeman on the fire engine.

Jerry Tucker as "Jerry"
Supporting role. He's the snobby rich kid with the shiny new fire engine.

Jacqueline Taylor as "Jane"
Supporting role. The cutting continuity refers to her as "Jacquie." She decides to ride in Jerry's vehicle.

Scotty Beckett
Supporting role. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity refers to him as "Scot." He's present through most of the proceedings, but isn't given too much specific attention, other then during the construction sequence, in which he's paired with Spanky. This was his debut appearance.

Tommy Bupp
Supporting role. He's introduced in a treehouse, and later brings some lumber, but otherwise is an ensemble player.

Tommy Bond
Supporting role. He brings the wheels, but otherwise isn't given much of anything specific to do.

Marvin Trin as "Bubbles"
Supporting role. The cutting continuity refers to him as "Marvin." He's present through most of the film, but is given very little of anything specific to do, other than knock down a clothesline.

Donald Proffitt
Supporting role. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity refers to him as "Donald." He's seen on a sawhorse, and later steals a hose, but is otherwise an ensemble player.

Bobbie "Cotton" Beard
Small part. The nickname wasn't used in this film. He's seen only during the opening sequence with Stymie.

Jean Aulbach
Bit part. Her name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but the cutting continuity refers to her as "Jean." She's the girl on Donald's sawhorse.

other kids
Small part. The one remaining kid is the boy seen carrying a ladder with Stymie and Spanky, and is otherwise seen only during the race sequence. Maltin & Bann list Tony Kales, but I'm not sure this is him.


the animals:

Pete the Pup IV as "Pete"
Supporting role. He's present throughout most of the film, and is given a few comic bits of business.

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

Joe the Monk
Bit part. This is presumably Joe. He's up in the tree with Tommy Bupp.

other animals
Bit parts and extras.
(1.) Scotty's two white rabbits, one of whom is named "Pansy."
(2.) The animal in the pen as Donald walks by with the hose.


the adults:

Stanley "Tiny" Sandford as one of the moving men
Small part. He asks for directions to Cherry Street, and seems to be the one in charge between the two movers. The cutting continuity refers to him as "Tiny."

Jack "Tiny" Ward as "Jack," one of the moving men
Small part. According to Maltin & Bann. I haven't familiarized myself with this actor yet. He drives the moving van and is the taller of the two movers.

Charlie Hall as the window washer
Bit part. He finds himself missing a ladder.

Harry Bernard as the man watering his lawn
Bit part. He appears to be a bit drunk as he realizes his hose is incomplete.

other adults
Bit parts and extras. There are seven pedestrians (five men and two women) knocked into the air by the runaway fire engine. Maltin & Bann list Ernie Alexander among them, but I can't tell which one he is. There is also a billposter in this scene. Otherwise there are occasional pedestrians shown in the backgrounds of other shots.


the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A14.) This is played over the opening titles and as Wally and Spanky first see the fire engine. A small portion is repeated during the end title.

"Look At Him Now" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted 1931. This is played as each kid joins the gang on their way to the new kid's house.

"All Together" by Leroy Shield
Also known as "Tune." This is played as the kids follow the moving truck and say hi to Jerry. It's played again as Spanky begins to help Stymie.

"The Moon And You" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played, minus the introduction, as the moving men take the fire engine off the truck.

"Riding Along" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played as Jerry gets the other boys away from his fire engine. This is the faster version.

"Little Dancing Girl" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "Dancing Girl" and "Dancing Girls." This is played, with a rare introduction, as Jane takes a ride with Jerry, and the boys decide to build their own fire engine. It's played again as the boys show their fire engine to Jerry and Jane.

"Yearning" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. A short part of this piece is played as we see various things with missing wheels.

"Hide And Go Seek" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played, with three introductions, during the scavanger hunt.

"Bells" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Spanky passes Stymie a wheel.

"Candy Candy" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played twice as Spanky and Scotty keep having to get out of the way of the older boys, and Jerry loses his pants.

"Teeter-Totter" by Leroy Shield
A short portion of this piece is played as the boys look at the finished fire engine.


the locations:

Fargo Hill
Shown in the longshot looking downhill. Located on Fargo Street between Allesandro Street and North Alvarado Street in Los Angeles. Visible at the bottom of the hill is St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church.

Cherry Street
According to Jackie Taylor's book, this was where the bulk of the downhill race sequence was shot. It's also the street the moving men are looking for at the beginning of the film.


miscellaneous:

A press item of January 8, 1934, reveals that a party was planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Roach studio. Several past and present Our Gang kids were scheduled to attend, including Spanky, Tommy Bond, Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba, Stymie, Sunshine Sammy, Joe "Fatty" Cobb, Johnny Downs, Jackie Condon, Skooter Lowry, Mary Ann Jackson, Farina, Wheezer, and Jean Darling.

Reissue and television prints are titled without punctuation: "Hi Neighbor."

Jane Withers was originally slated to play the role of "Jane," and was paid for two weeks work, but left before shooting started to appear in the Shirley Temple film "Bright Eyes."

Reel two starts with Spanky helping Stymie with the wheels.

A story version of this film appeared in the book Our Gang in 1934.


©June 19, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 7/4, 7/9, 8/27, 8/30, 12/19.
2006 updates: 1/2, 1/3, 1/16, 2/11, 5/16, 7/25, 10/25, 11/2.
2007 updates: 2/4, 4/1, 6/15, 10/22.
2008 updates: 2/26, 4/26, 7/12, 7/20, 7/24, 7/27, 9/22, 11/6.
2009 updates: 7/23.


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


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