Night 'N' Gales

film no. 157


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 13 (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 10:43. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs. There's also a clip lasting 0:01 included in the opening montage of all the Cabin Fever releases, showing the boys in bed.

The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version.

The Little Rascals: Night 'N' Gales/First Round-Up (VHS) from Republic Pictures Home Video
Released May 1991. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk.

The Best Of Spanky (DVD) from Genius Entertainment
Released Mar. 27, 2007. Also included as part of The Little Rascals In Color! (3 DVD set). This is a Famous Kids Comedies print from Official Films, included both as a colorized print, and in the original black-and-white. The original footage totals 10:11, while the original soundtrack totals 10:36. The picture quality is very good.

Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 1:26 is included, showing Buckwheat getting a tummy ache, with music added.


technical details:

Production K-11.

Released July 24, 1937. It was the 157th 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 June 19, 1937.

Copyrighted August 18, 1937, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP7355. Renewed May 12, 1965, with registration no. R361169. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2032.

All-talking one-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Night 'N' Gales".'

King World Productions episode no. 47a, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions. This version is listed as "Night N' Gales."


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: William Randall
Not listed by Maltin & Bann. This credit appears in the film.

Special Effects by Roy Seawright
Seawright handled the filming of the 'visionary imps.' He also probably animated the moth.

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. 3523.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
Featured role. He and the boys are a singing quartet that find themselves spending the night keeping Mr. Hood awake.

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa"
Featured role. He drops the silverware drawer onto the floor.

Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat"
Featured role. He's afraid of the dark and gets a headache in his stomach.

Eugene "Porky" Lee as "Porky"
Featured role. He doesn't know what a porcupine is.

Darla Hood as "Darla"
Supporting role. She accompanies the boys on piano and ends up sleeping with her mother.

Gary Jasgur as "Junior"
Supporting role. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Gary Jasgar. He's identified in the script as "Gary." He gets locked into the icebox. This was his series debut.

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


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
Small part. The only animal in the film itself is the black cat that gets spooked by Mr. Hood in the bear rug.


the adults:

Johnny Arthur as "Mr. Hood" aka "Arthur," Darla's dad
Lead role. He can't get to sleep having to share a bed with the four boys.

Elaine Shepard as Darla's mom
Supporting role. Her husband calls her "Mama." She misunderstands the circumstances and blames her husband.


the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A17.) This is played over the opening titles. A small portion is repeated as the film ends.

"Home, Sweet Home" by Sir Henry Rowley Bishop and John Howard Payne
Bishop derived the melody from a Sicilian melody and included it as a "Sicilian Air" in a volume of National Airs in 1821. Payne put lyrics to it in 1823. In this film, it's sung by the boys. A Hatley arrangement of this tune had been copyrighted on June 3, 1937, for the film "Roamin' Holiday" (no. 156).

"Funny And Mysterious" by Nathaniel Shilkret
This is played during the nightmare sequence.


miscellaneous:

The boys call themselves The Four Nitengales.

There's some sort of Mickey Mouse doll on the table next to the bed.

This film was 979 feet in length.


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


Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore, Paul Mular, Piet Schreuders, Debby Mendelsohn and bigshotjones for assistance on this page.


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