Hide And Shriek

film no. 169


availability:

The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 12 (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 nearly original print, missing only the MGM lion. The picture quality is excellent. The total footage lasts 10:30. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.

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 Book IX (VHS) from Blackhawk Video
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 10:19, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:13.

The Little Rascals Two Reelers Vol. 3 (VHS) from Spotlite Video
This is the Blackhawk print, but with the company name blacked out. It was also included as part of a 6 VHS boxed set.

The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is the Blackhawk print. There is also a clip from this film included in the documentary The Story Of Hal Roach And Our Gang.

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 a home movie print from the Famous Kids Comedies series from Official Films, included both as a colorized print, and in the original black-and-white. The original footage totals 10:17, while the original soundtrack totals 10:27. The picture quality is very good.


technical details:

Production K-22.

Copyrighted June 16, 1938, by Loew's Incorporated. Registration no. LP8125. Renewed December 2, 1965, with registration no. R374808. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2033.

Released June 18, 1938. It was the 169th 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 21, 1938.

All-talking one-reeler.

Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Hide And Shriek".'

King World Productions episode no. 46b, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Credited in the film as a presenter.

Production Manager: S. S. Van Keuren
Maltin & Bann state that the original script credits S. S. Keuren.

Directed by Gordon Douglas
This credit appears in the film.

Photography: Norbert Brodine
According to Maltin & Bann. This credit doesn't appear 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.

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. 4315.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Alfalfa" aka "X-10, Sooper-Slooth"
Lead role. He runs a detective agency and leads himself and his assistants into an amusement park haunted house.

Eugene "Porky" Lee as "Porky" aka "X6"
Featured role. He and Buckwheat become Alfalfa's assistants and join him at the haunted house.

Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas as "Buckwheat" aka "X6 1/2"
Featured role. He accompanies Porky through most of the film.

Leonard Landy
Small part. He's accused of stealing Darla's candy. The "Percy" moniker does not turn up in the dialogue. He also appears in a photograph during the opening titles in the location previously occupied by Spanky.

Gary Jasgur
Small part. He accompanies Leonard throughout the film. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Gary Jasgar. They also indicate that the "Junior" moniker was used, but it doesn't turn up in the dialogue. He also appears in a photograph during the opening titles in the location previously occupied by Baby Patsy May.

Darla Hood
Small part. She thinks that the little kids have stolen her candy.


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
The press release mentions a dog named Major in addition to Jiggs, but if he was involved, then he didn't wind up in the film.


the adults:

Billy Bletcher as the voice on the record
Small part. The boys think he's real, rather than just a recording.

Fred Holmes as the janitor
Small part. He's at the doorway to the haunted house.

other adults
Bit parts. The only other adults in the film are the two moving men, including one named "Al." One of them is referred to in the script as "Driver," while the other one is referred to as "2nd Driver." There are also various people shown in photographs, clippings and posters on the walls of Alfalfa's detective agency.


the music:

"Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
(A17.) A small portion of this piece is played over the opening titles. The very end is played over the end title.

"The Ghost Frolic" by T. Marvin Hatley
Copyrighted Oct. 1, 1935. A portion of this piece is played by the skeleton at the organ. The actual performer was Chauncey Haines. There were actually three takes recorded. Take 1, at 250 feet, was no good. Take 2, at 230 feet with a 'moderato' tempo, was deemed to be okay. Take 3, at 170 feet and played moderately fast, was also deemed to be okay.



miscellaneous:

The bogeyman shown in the haunted house was left over from the Laurel & Hardy feature "Babes In Toyland."

This was the second-to-last Roach film delivered to MGM, with Laurel & Hardy's "Block-Heads" following it.


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


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


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