film no. 2
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 14 (VHS) from
- The opening and ending title cards are prepared by Video Classics, but the rest of the footage
(including crew credits) is original and appears to be a complete print. The print totals 25:31, with
25:17 of it original footage. It's safe to say that almost all of the original film is included.
- Our Gang - Volume #1
(1922-1923) (DVD-R) from
- Released early March 2006. This version is essentially the same as the Video Classics version, except
that the opening title is remade. The total footage is 25:25. My original copy ended abruptly after 16:00 because
of an error in the disc-copying process, but Grapevine will send a replacement disc to anybody that received one of
these defective discs.
- Our Gang Volume #10 (VHS) from
Grapevine Video and also from
The Picture Palace
- This a TV print entitled "Fire Works" and is from the series Those Lovable Scallawags With
Their Gangs. The main series titles are missing but the episode title card and ending title are intact. Some of the
text titles are still intact, but the quality is not particularly good. Otherwise, the film is missing the opening animal
footage, and has small portions cut out in various spots. The print totals 15:40, with 15:34 of it original
footage. About two-thirds of the original film is included. This version has appeared on numerous
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 7 (VHS)
- This is essentially the same as the Grapevine VHS version.
- The Our Gang Story (VHS/DVD) from
GoodTimes Home Video
- VHS released 1994. DVD released May 21, 2002. Also included as part of
Our Gang Collector Series 4 Pack (4 DVD
set), released Mar. 21, 2001,
Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack (5
VHS/DVD set), released Feb. 2002 (VHS) and Mar. 2004 (DVD), and
The Best Of Our Gang Volume 1 (DVD)
released June 1, 2004. A clip lasting 0:13 is included, showing Ernie getting out of the way of the goat, with
Story written February 18 to 25, 1922.
Filmed February 27 to April 1, 1922. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Previewed at Ocean Park in early May 1922, and several more times at other venues during the summer.
Released October 8, 1922. It was the 2nd film in the series to be released.
Copyrighted October 9, 1922, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU18288. Since the copyright was not
renewed, this film is now in the public domain.
Probable opening title: 'Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Fire Fighters."' The '"Our
Gang" Comedies' heading may have also been used by this time, or perhaps '"Our Gang" Comedy' or
'"Our Gang" Series.'
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1049, "Little Firemen," copyrighted Sep.
1, 1960, with registration number LP17354.
- Produced by Hal Roach
- Probably credited in the film as a presenter.
- Supervised by Charles Parrott
- Better known as Charley Chase. This credit appears in the film. Parrott was director-general of all
of the studio's output during this period.
- Directed by Robert F. McGowan and Tom McNamara
- This credit appears in the film, but without McGowan's middle initial.
- Titles by H. M. Walker and
- The film credits Walker only. Maltin & Bann add McNamara's name.
- Story by Hal E. Roach
and Robert F. McGowan
- This credit doesn't appear in the film.
- Released by Pathé Exchange, Inc.
- Passed by the National Board of Review
- Probably indicated in the film.
- studio personnel
- possible uncredited involvement
- Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison as "Booker T. Bacon"
- Lead role. Virtually the star of this film, Ernie gets most of the screentime in the first half, and is
featured throughout. Maltin & Bann give him the full nickname in the text section for this entry, but shorten it to
"Booker T." in the cast listing. The critic in Moving Picture World still referred to him as
"Sunshine Sammy" in the review for this film.
- Jackie Condon as "Roosevelt Pershing Smith" or "Roosie"
- Featured role. Maltin & Bann mistakenly nickname him "Rosie" for this film. He's
featured pretty strongly during the scenes involving the gang, getting to serve as the fire chief simply because he owns
the right hat.
- Peggy Cartwright
- Supporting role. She appears midway through the film driving a cart pulled by her pony. She joins the
gang's fire department and is put in charge of the wireless system, getting a fairly prominent role in this
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins
- Supporting role. The nickname doesn't appear in either of these prints. He's seen in the first
half of the film with Ernie, but doesn't take part in the gang's scenes. This was his series
- George "Freckles" Warde
- Supporting role. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Monty O'Grady, but I'm quite sure this is
incorrect. He doesn't have a huge role, but it's bigger than most of the remaining kids. He gets to accompany
Ernie throughout most of the gang scenes, such as when they recruit Peggy for the fire department. Not to be confused with
George "Sonny Boy" Warde.
- Richard Billings
- Supporting role. This is the tallest boy in the film, who later appeared as 'Muggsy' in "The
Big Show" (no. 7), but is unnamed in this film. He seems to be Jackie's older brother in this film. In
the book photo, he's the boy standing next to Peggy.
- Betsy Ann Hisle as "Mabel" aka "Mike"
- Supporting role. She's the little blonde girl with the Krazy Kat doll who gets to be the lookout. Her
onscreen name is "Mabel," but the boys call her "Mike." She's shown in the center of the photo for
this film in the Maltin & Bann book.
- Elmo Billings
- Supporting role. He mostly does ensemble acting and is paired off with Peggy throughout the gang's
scenes. In the book photo, he's the boy standing next to Ernie.
- other kids
- Supporting role. The one remaining boy among the fire fighters, who does mostly ensemble acting. In the
book photo, he's the boy standing behind Betsy Ann.
- questionable listings
- Winston and Weston Doty are listed by Maltin & Bann, but they don't appear in either of these
- Dinah the Mule as "Lily"
- Featured role. Dinah is featured throughout the film, both in the early Ernie scenes, and in the later
- pony 002
- Supporting role. This is a shorter pony than the one used in "Our Gang" (no. 1). He
belongs to Peggy in this film.
- dog 001 as "Officer T. Towser Barkus"
- Supporting role. He appears early in the film dressed up as a cop, and then pulls the dogcart as part of
the fire department.
- dog 002
- Bit part. He's the little dog who appears during the drunken spree. He later appeared as Jackie's
dog in "Saturday Morning" (no. 6) and appeared again in "The Big Show" (no.
- other animals
- Supporting roles, small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) A gander playing the role of "J. Quincy Quack."
(2.) A hen playing the role of "Henrietta Flapper." A title card makes reference to
Thanksgiving, but she looks more like a chicken to me.
(3.) A goose playing the role of "Mrs. Quack."
(4.) A goat dressed up as Uncle Sam by Ernie.
(5.) The cat named "Tom," who gets chased by the gang's dog.
(6.) A smaller goat seen during the drunken spree. May be the same one seen in "One Terrible Day"
(7.) A cow seen outside the gang's fire station and probably the same one seen during the drunken spree. Later
seen in "One Terrible Day" (no. 4).
(8.) At least one turkey displaying its plummage, which may or may not be another turkey shown with its tail down.
The same turkey may be the one in the pen next to Farina.
(9.) Six or seven ducks in top hats uncovered by Ernie's dad from under a box.
(10.) Several additional geese, four in the pen next to Farina, a couple more next to the 'fire station,'
and four more during the drunken spree, which could be the same four as earlier.
(11.) A darker goose being chased by the little dog.
(12.) Two chickens shown in the background during the drunken spree.
- Joseph Morrison as Ernie's dad
- Supporting role. Or is it grandfather? He appears old and grey in this film. Is his last name
"Bacon," to coincide with Ernie's? Or is it "White," to match the name on the laundry wagon
(which reads 'White's Steem Larndry')? He's given a fairly notable appearance early in the
- George Rowe as the bootlegger
- Small part. He shoos the kids away from his still, and puts dog 001 on guard duty. He reappears at the
end of the film getting nabbed by the cop.
- Charles Stevenson as the police officer
- Small part. He arrives late in the film when he smells the liquor being used in the gang's 'water
- other adults
- Small part and bit part.
(1.) The woman playing Ernie's mom early in the film. She also sets the pot to boil which causes the steam,
which is mistaken for smoke.
(2.) The bootlegger's customer, who appears very briefly.
the music (sort of):
- "Turkey In The Straw"
- Introduced sometime between 1829 and 1834, with songwriting credit claimed by at least three people.
Billy Golden had a number one hit with it in 1891. This song is referenced in the text titles.
- "Where Do We Go From Here" by Percy Wenrich and Howard Johnson
- Popularized in 1917 shortly after the US's entry into World War I. This song is also referenced in
the text titles.
- "This Is The Life" by Irving Berlin
- Published in 1914. The Peerless Quartet had a number three hit with this song the same year. This is
another song referenced in the text titles.
A total of 30 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Before shooting began, story construction took place on
Feb. 18th, and from Feb. 20th until Feb. 25th. No work took place on Feb. 19th, or on Feb. 26th, which were Sundays.
Shooting took place from Feb. 27th until Apr. 1st. No shooting took place on Mar. 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, or Apr. 2nd,
which were all Sundays. It's interesting to note that work on the story began the day after filming was completed on
"Our Gang" (no. 1), and that filming on "Young Sherlocks" (no. 3) began the Monday
after the Saturday 'finish' for "Fire Fighters."
When we first see them, the gang is hanging out at a small opening in a hill identified as Robers Cave.
The gang's organization is called the Goat Alley Fire Department.
There were 32 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
©Jan. 4, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 2/27, 4/25, 5/7, 12/15.
2006 updates: 1/3, 1/9, 1/16, 3/12, 3/25, 4/3, 5/16, 6/12, 7/5, 7/8,
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/20, 10/22, 11//16.
2008 updates: 2/21, 3/31, 4/26, 7/6.
2009 updates: 3/29, 5/9, 5/17, 5/18, 5/22, 6/2, 6/17, 7/23.
Thanks to Rob Stone and Joe Moore for assistance on this page.