Lodge Night

film no. 15


technical details:

Production A-15.

Filmed February 12 to March 3, 1923. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Released on July 29, 1923. It was the 15th film in the series to be released.

Copyrighted August 2, 1923, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU19269. Since the copyright was not renewed, this film is now in the public domain.

Silent two-reeler.

Opening title: 'Our Gang Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Lodge Night".'

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1038, "The Secret Meeting," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17343.


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Credited in the film as a presenter.
Directed by Robert F. McGowan
This credit appears in the film, but without his middle initial.
Assistant Director: Clarence Morehouse
This credit derives from Morehouse's payroll status as the Our Gang assistant director during this period.
Photographed by Harry W. Gerstad
This credit appears in the film, but is not indicated by Maltin & Bann.
Edited by T. J. Crizer
This credit appears in the film, but is not indicated by Maltin & Bann. The 'T' stands for Thomas.
Titles by H. M. Walker
This credit appears in the film.
Props by Charles Oelze and Dick Gilbert
This credit derives from their payroll status as Our Gang prop men during this period.
Story by Hal E. Roach
This credit doesn't appear in the film. Hal Conklin was listed in the payroll summaries as an Our Gang gag man during this period.
Teacher: Fern Carter
Released by Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Passed by the National Board of Review
As indicated in the film.
studio personnel
general manager - Warren Doane
assistant general manager - L. A. French
secretary-treasurer - C. H. Roach
construction supervisor - C. E. Christensen
purchasing superintendent - John L. Murphy
still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves and Gene Kornman
possible uncredited involvement
titles - Tom McNamara probably illustrated the title cards.
writing - Robert F. McGowan, Thomas J. Crizer and Leo McCarey may have been among the gag writers.

the kids:

featured players
Joe Cobb as "Joe"
Featured role. He's the new kid in school and is initiated into the club.
Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison as "Ernie"
Featured role. He's featured mostly during the seminar sequence, but also figures into the initiation and the chase pretty strongly.
Mickey Daniels as "Mickey"
Featured role. He's featured most strongly at home, trying to get out of music practice. He's the organizer of the club, but for some reason, isn't the leader. In the scene where he's practicing piano, he miraculously gets a split-second haircut.
Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Featured role. He provides comic punctuation in virtually every scene in which Ernie appears.
Jack Davis as "Jack"
Supporting role. Jack is the leader of the club and appears pretty much throughout the film.
Jackie Condon as "Jackie"
Supporting role. He appears pretty much throughout the film, particularly at home with Mickey.
Mary Kornman as "Mary"
Supporting role. She's featured in the opening schoolroom scenes flirting with Joe.

other kids
Elmo Billings as "Elmo"
Small part. He's seen both at the school and as the doorkeeper at the club. His first name is shown on the wall of the club.
George "Freckles" Warde
Small part. He's the boy that holds his bangs up to look at the blackboard. He's also a member of the club. Not to be confused with George "Sonny Boy" Warde.
boy 009b
Small part. He's seen in the classroom scene. Previously seen in "The Champeen!" (no. 9) and "A Pleasant Journey" (no. 11).
Richard Billings
Small part. He's likely to be the boy who towers above the others at the initiation, the one who removes Joe's blindfold. His name is listed on the blackboard, and presumably, he's the "Dick" whose name appears on the wall of the clubhouse.
Andy Samuel as "Andy"
Small part. I can't spot him in the classroom, but he's definitely at the meeting. His name is shown on the wall of the clubhouse in one shot.
Gabe Saenz
Small part. He's seen in the classroom scene and as a member of the club.
Julia Brown
Bit part. This is the girl sitting behind Mickey in class. She flirts with him in "July Days" (no. 18).
Dorothy Hughes
Bit part. She's sitting two seats behind Mary.
girl 015
Bit part. She's the smaller girl with the Dutch boy haircut. I suspect this is Leona Levin, who is listed as an actress in the payroll summaries for her two later (and more significant) appearances in the series, "July Days" (no. 18) and "Sunday Calm" (no. 19).
boy 011b
Bit part. He's one of the boys in the class. Previously one of the runaways in "A Pleasant Journey" (no. 11).
other boys
Bit parts. The sixteen boys in the class presumably make up the Cluck Cluck Klams, though there may be some degree of difference. It's interesting to note that the clubhouse has drawings of the different boys on the wall. Mostly, they're of the usual kids (Mickey, Farina, Ernie, Jackie). Curiously, there's one with the name Jack on it, even though Jack Davis is seated elsewhere, as the Xsalted Ruler. This doesn't necessarily mean there's another Jack in the room, since there's also one for Joe, and he's the one being initiated. There's also one for "Sam," who must not be "Sunshine Sammy," since Ernie already has one. There's also a "Cliff," which brings up the possibility that Mickey's younger brother was present. Also included are "Andy" and "Tommy." The classroom, too, lists names on the blackboard, including John Condon, John Davis, Michael Daniels, Andrew Samuels, Richard Billings, and a final name that I find illegible.
other girls
Bit parts. There are four additional girls in the class, most notably the one reading in front of the classroom at the beginning of the film. One of these girls is presumably Mary Murphy as listed by Maltin & Bann. Her name is listed on the blackboard.
questionable listings
Winston Doty is listed by Maltin & Bann, but not his twin Weston. I'm guessing this is an error.

the animals:

Bill the Bulldog as "Joe"
Supporting role. The dog is a member of the Klams. He's identified by the drawing over his head.
other animals
Bit parts. The three kittens that are rigged up to play Mickey's piano.
bugwatch
Mickey has a trained fly that does acrobatic stunts.

the adults:

Joseph Morrison as "Prof. T. Jefferson Culpepper"
Supporting role. He's featured very strongly in this short.
Charles Stevenson as one of the car thieves
Small part. He's shown towards the end of the film.
Roy Brooks as one of the car thieves
Small part. Listed as Lincoln Stedman by Maltin & Bann, but it looks like Brooks to me.
woman 013 as the teacher
Small part. She appears in the classroom scene.
Molly Thompson as Mickey and Jackie's mother
Small part. She appears early in the film.
Richard Daniels as Mickey and Jackie's father
Small part. He appears early in the film.
other adults
Small parts and bit parts.
(1.) The motorcycle cop, who appears at the end of the film.
(2.) At least fifteen black men attending Culpepper's seminar.

the locations:

Palms Lumber Company
This location, at 10321 National Boulevard, is shown as the boys take off with the Professor's car.

miscellaneous:

15 days of shooting went into the making of this film. The 1923 datebook reads 'starting' for Feb. 12th, which was the Monday following the final Saturday of intial shooting for "Dogs Of War!" (no. 14). On Feb. 15th, filming was divided between "Lodge Night" and "Giants Vs. Yanks" (no. 12). On the 20th and 22nd, "Lodge Night" stepped aside while additional filming took place for "Dogs Of War!" and on the 23rd, shooting was divided between these two films. It should be noted, too, that no production number is specified for Mar. 2nd, but it's likely to have been A-15. No shooting took place on Feb. 11th, 18th, 25th, or Mar. 4th, which were all Sundays, nor on Feb. 24th, when the Gang made a personal appearance at Miller's. I haven't yet learned just what 'Miller's' was.

Mary Kornman's name is absent from the studio payroll summaries after the week ending Feb. 24th, not to return for another month. This means that the classroom sequence was probably filmed prior to this date.

The datebook also gives details regarding what the weather was like on each of the shooting dates. On most dates, the weather was described as 'clear.' However, it's described as 'medium' on Feb. 12th, 'cloudy' on the 13th, and 'hazy' on the 19th. It was described as 'raining' on the 12th and 'rain AM cloudy PM' on Mar. 3rd. No description is given for Feb. 18th, Feb. 25th, or Mar. 4th.

This film was the third of six in the third 'series' of Our Gang films.

There were 40 copies of this film printed for its initial release.

This film was released into TV syndication as Those Lovable Scallawags With Their Gangs episode "Latest Prank."

A wanted poster is signed by Big "Bob" McGowan.


availability:

The Little Rascals Book XXIV (VHS) from Blackhawk Video
Blackhawk provides its own opening and closing titles with textual introduction, but the original titles are included within those, resulting in a seemingly complete, original print. The picture quality is very good. There is absolutely no soundtrack on this copy. The print totals 29:28, with 28:17 of it original footage. The length is partially due to slow projection speed.
Our Gang Volume #14 (VHS) from Grapevine Video and also from The Picture Palace
This is the same Blackhawk print, except that the Blackhawk name has been blacked out and there is an additional title card from the Motion Picture Projection Service. The picture quality isn't as good as the Blackhawk copy. The print totals 22:09, with 21:05 of it original footage. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 9 (VHS) from Video Classics
This is a home movie print made by Exclusive Movie Studios, Inc., in Chicago. The inter-titles are intact, but the picture quality is fairly poor. The end title says Pathécomedy, but it's not the same as the original print, almost like it was taken from a later film. The original footage totals 22:57.
Our Gang Comedies V (VHS) from The Picture Palace
This VHS is based on the Video Classics volume five, except that it adds "Lodge Night."
Our Gang's Greatest Hits (VHS) from Video Dimensions
This is the Exclusive Movie Studios print. The footage totals 19:19, with 19:15 of it original.
Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 6 (VHS) from HenryButch
This is the Video Dimensions version, with fairly poor picture quality.

© Robert Demoss.


My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page:
Rob Stone (for providing the production number and shooting dates)
Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information)
Matthew Lydick (for the correct spelling of Gabe Saenz's last name)


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