Roamin' Holiday

film no. 156


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 15 (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 10:40. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.

The Little Rascals Volume 1 (VHS) from Spotlite Video
Released 1985. 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 10:20, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:13.

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

The Little Rascals: Roamin' Holiday/Free Eats (VHS) from Republic Pictures Home Video
Released May 1991. This is the Blackhawk print.

The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is the Blackhawk print.

Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. Four clips from this film are included. The first lasts 0:37, and shows Alfalfa's cowlick being plucked by the chicken. The second lasts 1:10, and shows the boys getting dog biscuits. The third lasts 1:10, and shows Spanky and Alfalfa pushing the baby carriages. The fourth lasts 0:06, and shows the boys walking down the road, with music and narration added.


technical details:

Production K-10.

Released June 12, 1937. It was the 156th film in the series to be released. Early in the film season, Fred Quimby of MGM set a projected release date for this production of May 22, 1937.

Copyrighted June 24, 1937, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP7254. Renewed July 27, 1964, with registration no. R341919. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2032.

All-talking one-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Roamin' Holiday".'

King World Productions episode no. 45a, 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.

Photography: Art Lloyd, A. S. C.
This credit appears in the film.

Film Editor: William Ziegler
This credit appears in the film.

Sound: W. B. Delaplain
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.

Approved by the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America
Certificate no. 3340.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Featured role. He and Alfalfa get fed up with babysitting and run away from home.

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa"
Featured role. He accompanies Spanky throughout the film.

Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat"
Featured role. He and Porky are able to get treats when all Spanky and Alfalfa can get are dog biscuits.

Eugene "Porky" Lee as "Porky"
Featured role. He accompanies Buckwheat throughout the film.

Darla Hood
Bit part. She informs the boys that they'll be taking dancing lessons.

Joe and Tom White
Bit part. These are presumably Alfalfa's baby brothers.

Baby Patsy May
She's not in the film itself, but her photo is shown during the opening titles.

other kids
Bit part. The only remaining kid Spanky's baby brother, "Junior."


the animals:

Pete the Pup IV as "Pete"
Supporting role. He's Spanky's dog, and is the means by which the boys get their dog biscuits.

Laughing Gravy
Bit part. The old folks are feeding this dog when the boys arrive at their store.

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

other animals
Bit parts and extras.
(1.) The bulldog that pulls Buckwheat and Porky. This is not, incidentally, the same bulldog that appeared in "Cat, Dog & Co." (no. 87).
(2.) The hog.
(3.) Several chickens, most notably the one that ends up with Alfalfa's cowlick.
(4.) Several geese.
(5.) Several other birds, perhaps pigeons.
(6.) Two cows.
(7.) The photo in Maltin & Bann's book shows Alfalfa with several rabbits, a dog and a tortoise, none of whom are in the finished film. The rooster, however, may be the same one noted above.


the adults:

Otis Harlan as "Hiram Jenks" aka "Pa"
Featured role. He teaches the boys a lesson by arresting them and making them work on a rock pile. The script refers to him as "Jenks." The 1977 edition of Maltin & Bann's book, and Maltin's earlier The Great Movie Shorts both list Fred Holmes in this part.

May Wallace as "Ma"
Featured role. She assists her husband in the lesson-teaching. The script refers to her as "Mrs. Jenks," but this name never turns up in the dialogue.


the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A17) This is played over the opening titles and as we first see the boys.

"Home, Sweet Home" by Sir Henry Rowley Bishop
Bishop derived the melody from a Sicilian melody and included it as a "Sicilian Air" in a volume of National Airs in 1821. John Howard Payne put lyrics to it in 1823. The instrumental version heard in this film, arranged by Hatley and copyrighted on June 3, 1937, is played as the boys get attacked by the bees and the end title appears.


the locations:

Hal E. Roach Ranch
All of the Jenksville footage was shot here. In fact, the general store seen in this film is the same one that was used in "Helping Grandma" (no. 103). The old schoolhouse from the Miss Crabtree days can be seen directly across from the store. The building the boys enter to escape Mr. Jenks is the same one used as a blacksmith shop in "Readin' And Writin'" (no. 111). Directly across from this building is the barn that was featured in "It's A Bear" (no. 27). Also, the dirt road that the boys walk along before reaching Jenksville is the access road leading to the ranch. This was located roughly where David Avenue is nowadays, just west of Robertson Boulevard.

Hal E. Roach Studios
The footage in the boys' front yards was shot in front of the dressing room bungalow of "Topper" star Constance Bennett.


miscellaneous:

Jenksville is the town the boys visit.

This film was 976 feet in length.


©Aug. 2, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 8/30, 11/7, 12/19.
2006 updates: 1/8, 2/11, 5/16, 10/25.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/17, 10/22.
2008 updates: 5/26, 7/12, 8/24, 9/7, 9/22, 11/6.
2009 updates: 6/9, 7/23.


Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore, Piet Schreuders, Bob Satterfield, Richard Bann and Paul Mular for assistance on this page.


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