Filmed Apr. 2 to 7, 1934. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Title sheet prepared by William Terhune on April 28, 1934.
Cutting continuity submitted May 24, 1934.
Copyrighted May 25, 1934, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP4750. Renewed August
30, 1961, with registration no. R281108. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2029.
Released June 2, 1934. It was the 129th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Honky-Donkey".'
King World Productions episode no. 32b, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions. This
version is listed without the hyphen.
Bit part. His distinctive laugh is used twice for the mule.
Supporting roles, small part, bit parts and extras.
(1.) The woman who plays Wallace's mother, seen pampering her son at the start of the film, and returning towards the end.
(2.) "Julius," the butler, who is unsuccessful at gaining control over the mule.
(3.) The doorman who lets Wally's mother into the department store.
(4.) The cab driver who drops Wally's mother off at the house.
(5.) Various pedestrians shown in the street scenes.
"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A14.) This is played over the opening titles and as we're introduced to Wally and his mother and Barclay. A
small portion is repeated at the final scene at the fountain and during the end title.
Bagley Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
In the longshot in which the car pulls into the alley, it's leaving Bagley Avenue just north of
Venice Boulevard in Palms. The alley stretches between Bagley Avenue and Cardiff Avenue. Seen in the background on the
corner of Bagley and Venice is Ayres Apparel Shop on the Northwest corner of Venice and Bagley. This building had
been occupied by Turner's Style Shop when "The Smile Wins" (no. 66) was made. Also shown in this shot is a
portion of the west side of Main Street in Culver City, with the top of the Culver Hotel rising above.
Hal E. Roach Studios
The shot of the mule chasing the woman into the studio pond was filmed in front of the administration
building. It also appears that the remaining street scenes were shot on the New York exterior set at the studio.
Six shooting dates went into the making of this film. Over a week had passed since shooting finished for "The First Round-Up" (no. 128).
Shooting for "Honky-Donkey" started on Apr. 2nd and continued until Apr. 7th. After this, over six weeks would pass before the Our Gang unit
began filming "Mike Fright" (no. 130).
Reel one ends with the line "Well, give him time."
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B454.
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 16:26. 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 the
kids on the merry-go-round.
This is a home movie print from Blackhawk entitled "Honkey-Donkey." The opening and end
titles, and crew credits, are remade. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 15:48, but the
original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:30.
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 0:03 is included, showing the
mailman riding his bike into the mailbox. Another clip lasting 0:01 is included, showing Don Barclay getting kicked by
the mule. A third clip lasting 0:07 is included, showing Barclay sliding down the banister. All three clips have music
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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) Elliot Unkefer (for pointing out the 'A14' arrangement of "Good Old Days") Paul Mular (for providing info on the Cabin Fever laserdiscs)