Pay As You Exit

film no. 148


technical details:

Production K-3.

Release no. C-583.

Filmed October 14 to 19, 1936. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Negative shipped on November 4, 1936.

According to Maltin & Bann, this film was released October 24, 1936, making it the 148th film in the series to be released. However, judging by the dates listed above it seems more likely that it was released around the time of the copyright date.

Copyrighted November 17, 1936, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP6761. Renewed July 27, 1964, with registration no. R341917. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2031.

All-talking one-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Pay As You Exit".'

King World Productions episode no. 53a, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Credited in the film as a presenter.
Directed by Gordon Douglas
This credit appears in the film.
Assistant Director: Charles Oelze
This credit derives from production documents.
Second Assistant Director: Alex Finlayson
This credit derives from a memo indicating his starting date on Oct. 12th.
Photography: Walter Lundin, A. S. C.
This credit appears in the film.
Film Editor: William Ziegler
This credit appears in the film.
Sound: Earl Sitar
This credit appears in the film.
Writer: Robert A. McGowan
This credit derives from a memo which indicates his hiring as an Our Gang writer on Oct. 5th.
Prop Man: Goode
This credit derives from the production sheets, which don't provide the first name.
Script Clerk: Murphy
This credit derives from the daily film reports, which don't provide the first name.
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.
Approved by the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America
Certificate no. 2790.
studio personnel
secretary-treasurer-general manager - Mat O'Brien
vice president in charge of production - S. S. Van Keuren
Roach's assistant on production activities - Lawrence Tarver
assistant secretary-treasurer, comptroller - Hugh Huber
film editor and sound department - Elmer Raguse
story department - Jack Jevne
casting - Joe Rivkin
publicity and advertising - Fred Purner
art department - Arthur I. Royce
construction department - C. E. Christensen
paint department - James Follette
property department - W. L. Stevens
electrical department - William Lewis
laboratory superintendent - Charles Levin
process department - Roy Seawright
still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves
musical director - Marvin Hatley
men's wardrobe - Harry Black
women's wardrobe - Dorothy Callahan
makeup department - Jack Casey
hairdressing - Peggy Zardo
purchasing department - Russell Walker
cashier - Mrs. M. Van Keuren
paymaster - Mrs. Grace Cash
transportation director - Bob Davis
garage - Walter Johnson
commissary - W. M. Furlong
school teacher - Fern Carter
possible uncredited involvement
writing - Hal Yates, Carl Harbaugh, Hal Law, John Guedel, Felix Adler, Harry Langdon, Richard Flournoy and Gordon Douglas may have been among the gag writers.
property department - Charles Oelze was probably involved in this capacity.
animal training - Tony Campanaro may have been among the animal trainers.

the kids:

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa"
Featured role. He plays Romeo in the play and lets the kids pay as they exit.
George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Featured role. He organizes the play and plays Juliet's father, in addition to doing his old act.
Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat" aka "Professor"
Supporting role. He replaces Darla as Juliet.
Darla Hood as "Darla"
Supporting role. She plays Juliet, but walks out because of Alfalfa's onion breath.
Eugene "Porky" Lee as "Porky"
Supporting role. He's the less-than-perfect stage hand.
Joe Cobb
Small part. He's the leader among the kids in the audience, and the only one with his own dialogue.
Harold Switzer
Extra. He's next to Joe throughout the film.
Rex Downing
Extra. He's next to Joe throughout the film.
Paul Hilton
Extra. He sits at the left end of the front bench. Maltin & Bann list Bobs Watson, and I think they probably mean this kid.
boy 148
Extra. He sits at the right end of the front bench.
Sidney Kibrick
Extra. He sits towards the left in the audience.
Harry McCrillis
Extra. He's the other fat boy besides Joe. Maltin & Bann credit Marvin Trin (actually Strin).
Barbara O'Brien
Extra. She sits behind Rex.
girl 147
Extra. She sits at the far right in the second row.
girl 146
Extra. She's on the right side behind girl 133.
Robert Winckler
Extra. Maltin & Bann list him as Robert Winkler. He's in the back part of the audience.
girl 148
Extra. She's one of the blonde girls in the audience.
Jack Egger
Extra. He sits behind Joe Cobb in the audience.
John Collum
Extra. He's in back on the right side.
Baby Patsy May
She doesn't appear in the film, but her photograph is included in the opening titles.
other kids
Extras. It appears there are six more kids in the audience, which would mean that the production sheets listing 19 extras were correct and not the ones listing 18. The little blonde girl looks like she might be Joan Gray.

the animals:

Leo
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
Pete the Pup IV
He's not actually in the film, but his photo is shown during the opening titles.
other animals
Bit part. The only other animal in this film is the chicken that Alfalfa has to remove from the stage.

the adults:

There are no adults in this film, but a man's voice can be heard after Spanky is stabbed. Perhaps it's Gordon Douglas.


the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A15.) Most of this piece is played over the opening titles.
"Yankee Doodle"
This derives from a 15th century Dutch harvesting song. Richard Schuckburgh wrote the words as we know them today during the French and Indian War to ridicule the colonists. During the Revolutionary War, colonists used it as a rallying anthem. In this film, an instrumental version is played (twice) by Buckwheat and Darla. A Hatley arrangement of this tune was copyrighted on Mar. 19, 1937, along with other titles from "General Spanky" (no. 150).
"In My Canoe" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Most of this piece is played as Romeo and Juliet meet with each other. This is the version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.
"Furioso" by J. S. Zamecnik
Maltin & Bann mention that this piece is in the film. I'm assuming it's the piece played during the sword fight.
"He Peddled His Bristles To Women" by T. Marvin Hatley
Written with lyrics by Walter Weems. Copyrighted Apr. 4, 1934. An instrumental version is played during Spanky's weightlifting routine.
"Walkin' The Deck" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted July 30, 1936. This is played as Alfalfa gets ready to go up the ladder.
"Bassooning" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. Most of this piece is played as Alfalfa gets rid of the chicken.
"It Is To Laugh" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted 1930. This is played as Buckwheat plays Juliet. This is a different version than either of the versions reproduced by the Beau Hunks.
"Hide And Go Seek" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. A portion of this piece is played as Alfalfa crashes through the curtain and the end title appears.

the locations:

Hal E. Roach Ranch
Both exterior and interior scenes were shot here. The opening exterior footage was shot here on the 14th. Assuming that Stage 5 was actually at the studio and not at the ranch, then interior scenes were shot here only on the 19th, and probably involved audience shots.
Hal E. Roach Studios
Assuming Stage 5 was actually at the studio and not at the ranch, then this is where most of the interior footage was shot, probably involving the play. My impression is that all of the footage shot on the 15th, 16th and 17th was shot here, as well as part of the footage of the 19th.

miscellaneous:

Five shooting dates went into the making of this film. Here's a breakdown of the activity, as derived from the call sheets, production sheets, location work sheets, daily film reports, and various memos:
Oct. 6 - A Van Keuren memo to Cash from this date indicates that Robert A. McGowan was placed on the payroll as a writer on this production on October 5th.
Oct. 10 - Film costs for the previous week were $175.81.
Oct. 12 - A Van Keuren memo to Huber from this date indicates that Alex Finlayson started as second assistant director on this production on October 12th.
Oct. 14 - This was the first day of shooting. A document from this day indicates that the original plan was to shoot the film over a period of four days, finishing on the 17th. Scheduled to work on each shooting date were the five main kids, plus 15 to 20 extra kids. Shooting was to take place on the exterior barn set at the Roach Ranch on the 14th, as well as back at the studio, with the specific instruction 'cover set int. barn Stage 5.' The remaining shooting dates were to take place on the interior barn set on Stage 5. It appears that plans for October 14th went as scheduled. The call sheet places the five main kids, 18 extras, and Joe Cobb, at the interior barn set on Stage 5 at the studio. The location work sheet for this date indicates that the five main kids, 18 extra kids, plus some teachers, were present at the exterior barn set at the Roach Ranch.
Oct. 15 - This was the second day of shooting. Scheduled were the five main kids and 18 extras, with shooting to take place on the interior barn set on Stage 5. According to the production sheet, there were 19 extra kids used on this day, plus one 'bit kid,' who was probably Joe Cobb. A Van Keuren memo to Huber from this date indicates that Charles Oelze started as assistant director on this production as of October 10th. Another memo from this date indicates that Mr. Decker approved of everything on the sign at the start of the film.
Oct. 16 - This was the third day of shooting. Scheduled were the five main kids, plus 18 extras and Joe Cobb, with shooting to take place on the interior barn set on Stage 5. According to the production sheet, 19 extra kids were used, as well as Joe.
Oct. 17 - This was the fourth day of shooting, which was scheduled to take place on the interior barn set on Stage 5. Present were the five main kids, plus 19 extras and Joe Cobb. A memo from this date indicates that "Pay As You Exit" was the official title at this point. The production sheets from this date were the last to label this film as 'untitled.' Film costs for the previous week were $2824.99, bringing the total to $3000.80 so far.
Oct. 18 - This was a Sunday, so no shooting took place.
Oct. 19 - This was the final day of shooting. Present were the five main kids, plus 18 extras, 1 bit (which the location work sheet reveals to be Joe Cobb) and 3 school teachers. Shooting took place on Stage 5. Shooting was also scheduled for the Hal Roach Ranch, weather permitting, though the location sheet mentions the interior barn set. This may have been an error, as it's already been established that this set was on Stage 5 at the studio, and exterior barn footage had been shot at the Ranch on the 14th. In any event, added scenes were also scheduled at the Ranch for "General Spanky" (no. 150) involving a white mule.
Oct. 20 - A call sheet was prepared for this date, with Douglas, Oelze, Goode and Lundeen (sic) all listed, but it isn't clear if any actual shooting took place. The words 'production closes today' are typed on the sheet.
Oct. 24 - Film costs for the previous week were $1013.28, bringing the total to $4014.08 so far.
Nov. 3 - An Elmer Raguse memo from this date indicates that the domestic positive Movietone print was shipped to W. D. Kelly.
Nov. 4 - An Elmer Raguse memo from this date indicates that the domestic negative and domestic negative soundtrack were delivered to the MGM lab.
Nov. 11 - An Elmer Raguse memo from this date indicates that the Canadian negative and negative soundtrack were delivered.

The negative cost on this film was $19,901.29.

This film was 958 feet in length.


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 4 (VHS) from Cabin Fever and
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume One (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 very good picture quality. The total footage lasts 10:27. 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 0:04, and shows Spanky talking to the kids outside. The 2nd lasts 0:05, and shows Alfalfa and Buckwheat in their balcony scene.
The Little Rascals Volume 4: Collector's Edition (VHS) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
Released Aug. 15, 2000. Also included as part of The Little Rascals Volumes 1-5: Collector's Edition (5 VHS set) and The Little Rascals Volumes 1-10: Collector's Edition (10 VHS set), both released Aug. 15, 2000.
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 3 & Vol. 4 (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.
Little Rascals: Choo-Choo! & Pay As You Exit from Cabin Fever
Canadian release.
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 Comedy Classics Vol. 2 (VHS) from Republic Pictures Home Video
Released Apr. 1991. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening title and crew credits are remade, but the end title is original. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 10:01, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:21.
The Little Rascals Book XI (VHS) from Blackhawk Video
This is the Blackhawk print.
The Little Rascals: Pay As You Exit/Kid From Borneo (VHS) from Republic Pictures Home Video
Released May 23, 1991. This is the Blackhawk print.
Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 0:13 is included at the beginning of this documentary, showing Spanky talking to the kids outside before the show.
Laugh? I Thought I'd Die! (VHS) from Reader's Digest Video
A clip lasting 0:03 is included, showing Spanky bowing. Another clip lasting 1:14 is included, showing Spanky's weightlifting routine.

© Robert Demoss.


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)
Piet Schreuders (for identifying "He Peddled His Bristles To Women")
Paul Mular (for providing info on the Cabin Fever laserdiscs)


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