film no. 9
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 5 (VHS) from
Video Classics and
- Our Gang Comedies V
(VHS) from The Picture Palace
- This is a home movie print. The opening title card is original, but the crew credits don't appear
after it. The ending title card is from Laff-Movie, Inc. in New York, which identifies the series as "The
Original Our Gang." The picture quality in this and the prints listed below is less than ideal. The print totals
22:22, with 22:16 of it original footage. It appears that almost the entire original film is
- Rascals Silents Vol. 1
(VHS) from A-1 Video
- This print is another variation, with a rooster shown on the end title, but not the Pathé one. The
print totals 18:50, with 18:46 of it original footage. The shorter running time, as compared to the Video Classics
version, would be the result of being run at a faster speed.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 2 (VHS)
- This print is identical to the one from A-1 Video.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies (Volume 1)
(VHS) from Nostalgia Family Video
- This print adds an opening title card for Thunderbird Films, followed by the original title card like the
others. It also has the ending title for Laff-Movie, Inc. The print totals 19:01, with 18:45 of it original
- Our Gang Volume #14 (VHS) from
Grapevine Video and also from
The Picture Palace
- This is a 1973 print from Thunderbird Films, which is superimposed over the first inter-title. The
sound effects are synched with the action in this print. The print totals 18:44, with 18:40 of it original
footage. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
- Our Gang - Volume #1
(1922-1923) (DVD-R) from
- Released early Mar. 2006. This is essentially the same as the other available prints.
- Our Gang Classics (VHS) from
- Released 1997. This version is comparable to the one from Grapevine, except for a Jef Films copyright
shown at the bottom of the screen.
- 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. Four clips from this film are shown. The first is a clip lasting 0:20, showing the opening
title and Ernie stealing an apple. The second lasts 0:08, and shows Ernie breaking up the fight between Mickey and
Jack. This is followed by a clip lasting 0:10 taken from the boxing sequence. The final clip lasts 0:11, and shows
Jackie in the car. All of these clips have narration added.
Filmed probably in late August and early September 1922, with some possible retakes later in September. See the
'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted December 16, 1922, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU18518. Since the copyright was not
renewed, this film is now in the public domain.
Released January 28, 1923. It was the 7th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Series - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "The
Champeen!".' The exclamation point is in the film, but not indicated by Maltin & Bann. The poster for the
film does not include the exclamation point and switches "Series" with "Comedies."
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1013, "Big Fight," copyrighted Sep. 1,
1960, with registration number LP17318. Footage also went into episode no. 1080, "Play Ball!!"
copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP18381, and recopyrighted May 16, 1961, with registration number
- Produced by Hal Roach
- Credited in the film as a presenter.
- Directed by Robert F. McGowan
- This credit probably appears in the film, but without his middle initial.
- Photographed by Len Powers
- According to Maltin & Bann. This credit might appear in the film. Powers was listed in the payroll
summaries as the Our Gang cameraman during this period.
- Titles by H. M. Walker
- This credit probably appears in the film.
- Story by Hal E. Roach
- This credit probably doesn't appear in the film.
- Teacher: Fern Carter
- Her name first appears in the studio payroll summaries the week ending Sep. 16th, which means that the
new school year probably began on the 11th.
- Released by Pathé Exchange, Inc.
- Passed by the National Board of Review
- Probably indicated in the film.
- studio personnel
- possible uncredited involvement
- featured players
- Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison as "Sammy"
- Lead role. Ernie is crucial to the plot and appears throughout most of the film. Maltin & Bann list
his nickname as "Sunshine Sammy," but only the second part is revealed in these prints.
- Mickey Daniels as "Mickey"
- Featured role. Mickey is also crucial to the plot, and appears in most of the scenes.
- Jack Davis as "Tuffy" aka "Jackie"
- Featured role. He appears in all of Mickey's scenes, as well as one in which he picks on Jackie
Condon. Maltin & Bann list him as Jackie "Tuffy" Davis.
- Mary Kornman as "Mary"
- Supporting role. She appears as Jackie Condon's big sister, and is shown frequently throughout the
film, defending her little brother and being the center of the boys' dispute.
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins
- Supporting role. His nickname isn't used in the available prints. He appears frequently throughout
the film, first as a fighter in Ernie's earlier failed attempt at promoting, and then as security guard at the second
- Jackie Condon as "Jackie"
- Supporting role. He's shown mainly in the first half of the film, where he's intregal to the
plot, being the reason Mary scolds Jack and is disappointed in Mickey for not defending her little
- Dorothy Morrison
- Small part. She's shown early in the film boxing with Farina, and then sitting next to him during the
- other kids
- boy 009a
- Small part. He's the boy that flirts with Mary and gets beaten up.
- Andy Samuel
- Small part. He's Mickey's second trainer and is not shown until the fight
- Richard Billings
- Small part. He's Jack's trainer.
- Gabe Saienz
- Small part. He's seen in the opening sequence with Ernie, and is later seen collecting tickets for
- George "Freckles" Warde
- Small part. He plays Mickey's trainer. Not to be confused with George "Sonny Boy"
- Walter Wilkinson
- Bit part. He's turned away at the door, and is later seen looking through a hole in the roof. He went
on to be featured pretty strongly in "Fast Company" (no. 16).
- Joe Cobb
- Bit part. He appears only in a cutaway shot during the fight scene.
- boy 009b
- Bit part. He's seen in the audience laughing. He would later appear in "A Pleasant Journey"
(no. 11) and "Back Stage" (no. 13).
- boy 007b
- Extra. He's in the crowd of boys waiting outside, up front. I'm pretty sure he had appeared in
"The Big Show" (no. 7)
- boy 007c
- Extra. He's in the back of the crowd of boys waiting outside. I'm pretty sure he had appeared in
"The Big Show" (no. 7).
- other kids
- Small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) Jack's second trainer, not shown until the fight starts.
(2.) The two girls accompanying Mary to the fight. The one on the left looks similar to the arm-pulling girl
in "A Pleasant Journey" (no. 11).
(3.) The boy watching Farina and Dorothy fight.
(4.) The boy in the audience that gets punched by Mickey. I think he might have been in "The Big Show"
(5.) Probably about 15 to 20 additional boys in the fight scene, some of whom look familiar from "The Big
Show" (no. 7). A few even get closeups.
- questionable listings
- Both Johnny Downs and Billy Lord are listed by Maltin & Bann, but I don't see them anywhere in
- dog 001
- Supporting role. He's Jackie Condon's dog in this film, and fights Jack's
- dog 007
- Supporting role. This is Jack Davis's dog. Seems to be the 'Afriken Poler Bear' from
"The Big Show" (no. 7).
- Dinah the Mule
- Bit part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. She appears very briefly during the big
- Charles Stevenson as the police officer
- Supporting role. He catches Ernie stealing apples, and then reappears at the end of the
- Wallace Howe as the smoker
- Bit part. He appears briefly during the chase scene between Ernie and Stevenson.
- Sammy Brooks as the green grocer
- Bit part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's the very short man who gets the dart thrown into his
- other adults
- Small parts and bit parts.
(1.) "Knockout Johnson," who advises Ernie on how to make money. This may very well be a
parody of the boxer Jack Johnson, who was appearing in films around this time.
(2.) The fight promoter.
(3.) The sidewalk diner attendant seen during the soda pop scene.
(4.) The two men that help Jackie down from the car in the opening scene. We don't get a good look at their
(5.) Four prisoners and three prison guards seen in Ernie's fantasy scene.
- Motor Avenue and Woodbine Street, Palms district, Los Angeles
- The northeast corner is shown during the soda pop sequence, just as it would be several years later in
"Boxing Gloves" (no. 91). The brick building is the People's Water Company, located at 3392
Motor Avenue. It's also shown in the background as Ernie is hiding in the ash can, which is on the southeast corner in
front of the Masonic Hall at 3402 Motor.
- Motor Avenue
- The brick arch where Sammy Brooks works is also in "Fire Fighters" (no. 2), in which
it's to the right of a loans and mortgage business. This location was on the west side of the 3300 block of Motor
Avenue, even though the street number on the building is 7556.
The 1922 studio datebook reveals the shooting dates for all of the films made during the year - except this one.
It's almost certain that production number A-8 (meant for "The Cobbler") was pencilled in on
shooting dates for production A-9 ("The Champeen!"). In fact, "The Cobbler" was a
basic enough production that it probably wouldn't have required the 26 shooting dates credited to it in the datebook.
It's also possible that some of the added scenes and retakes credited to production A-7 ("The Big
Show") were actually meant for "The Champeen!" since these overlap so much with the dates for
"The Cobbler." See the pages for both of those films for more details. It should also be noted that directors
Bob McGowan and Tom McNamara were beginning to be credited separately during this period. Later in the year, production
for McNamara's "Boys To Board" (no. 10) overlapped somewhat with McGowan's "A Pleasant
Journey" (no. 11), with both films being shot on the same dates. This may have also occurred with
McNamara's "The Cobbler" and McGowan's "The Champeen!"
It's also interesting to note that Joe Cobb joined the Gang at the beginning of September, but doesn't seem to
have worked in the series for the first week or two, since he was appearing in the Snub Pollard short "A Tough
Winter." In "The Champeen!" Joe is shown only in a very brief cutaway shot, which suggests that most of
the film was shot before his arrival. His brief appearance was probably filmed as an 'added scene' sometime later
than the initial production.
There were 38 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
©Jan. 11, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 2/27, 3/18, 4/25, 5/7, 9/6, 12/15.
2006 updates: 1/3, 1/9, 1/16, 3/7, 3/12, 4/3, 5/16, 6/12, 7/8, 10/25.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/20, 10/21, 10/22, 11/4, 11/5, 11/16.
2008 updates: 2/21, 3/31, 4/26, 7/6.
2009 updates: 5/9, 5/17, 5/18, 7/19, 7/23.
Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore, John Frank and mtw12055 for assistance on this page.