July Days

film no. 18


availability:

Our Gang Volume #1 (VHS) from Grapevine Video and also from The Picture Palace
This copy is a print with generic opening and closing titles, but the inter-titles are intact. The picture quality is fair. The print totals 19:00, with 18:56 of it original footage. Apparently most of the original film is included. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.

Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 14 (VHS) from Video Classics
This is essentially the same as the Grapevine version.


technical details:

Production A-18.

Filmed April 12 to May 2, and May 31, 1923. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Copyrighted August 2, 1923, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU19275. Since the copyright was not renewed, this film is now in the public domain.

Released August 26, 1923. It was the 16th film in the series to be released.

Silent two-reeler.

Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "July Days".'

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1022, "Puppy Love," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17327.


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Probably credited in the film as a presenter.

Directed by Robert F. McGowan and Tom McNamara
Maltin & Bann only list McGowan, and the film probably reflects this, but without his middle initial. According to Rob Stone's list, McNamara directed for one day, on April 12th.

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
Released by Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Passed by the National Board of Review
Probably indicated in the film.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

main players
Mickey Daniels as "Mickey"
Lead role. He's the tough kid who can't seem to take anybody, not even Farina. He's the leading character in the film, which revolves around his pursuit of Mary.

Mary Kornman as "Mary"
Featured role. She appears frequently in this short, and is crucial to the plot.

Jack Davis as "Jack"
Supporting role. He's the bully in this short, but is ultimately put down by Mickey.

Jackie Condon
Supporting role. Maltin & Bann indicate that the nickname "Duster-head" was used, but this is actually a bit of name-calling by the gang. He's the new boy in town and gets initiated into the gang. He then sabotages Mickey's attempt to woo Mary.

Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Supporting role. He mainly provides a few comic moments along the way.

Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison as "Ernie"
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting in this film.

Joe Cobb
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting in this film.



other kids
Julia Brown
Small part. She's the homely girl that flirts with Mickey. She's also in "Lodge Night" (no. 15).
girl 015
Small part. She's the little girl with the Dutch boy haircut who appears in the scene where Jack is picking on Julia Brown. I suspect that this is Leona Levin, listed as an actress in the Our Gang unit during this period and also during the making of "Sunday Calm" (no. 19):.

other kids
Bit parts.
(1.) The boy that laughs at Mickey in his armor. We don't get a very good look at him.
(2.) Three girls in addition to Julia Brown who come up to Mickey when his pants are ripped.
(3.) A boy in the scene with Julia Brown and girl 015 when Jack picks them.
(4.) Two boys are in the blacksmith shop at the beginning of the film. One of them looks like he could be Gabe Saienz, whose name was written into the payroll ledgers during the making of this film.


the animals:

dog 001
Small part. He doesn't appear too much, but he seems to be Mickey's dog.

Dinah the Mule
Small part. She accompanies Ernie and Farina at the beginning of the film. They're on their way to the blacksmith to get her new horseshoes.

other animals
Supporting roles, bit parts and extras.
(1.) The goat pulling Mickey's cart. Possibly one of the goats from "Young Sherlocks" (no. 3).
(2.) A tree frog that Mickey shows to Mary.
(3.) Two horses seen in the distance when Farina gets on the scooter.

bugwatch
This is also one of those films with flies: one lands on Mickey's hand as he shows Mary the frog, and another lands on Richard Daniels' face as he's trying to thread the needle.


the adults:

Richard Daniels as "'Dad' Anderson"
Featured role. He has a major role in this film, not only building the scooters, but repairing toys for the kids and helping Mickey with his pursuits.

William Gillespie as the businessman
Small part. He's shown briefly towards the end of the film.

other adults
Small parts and bit parts.
(1.) "Mr. Bradley," who advises Mickey on how to pick up girls.
(2.) Mickey's sister, who's shown briefly waiting for her boyfriend.
(3.) Mary and Jackie's mom. She sends Jackie to the blacksmith shop early in the film, then throws water on the serenading Mickey later on.
(4.) Two men from the moving company.
(5.) Two men sitting in front of the blacksmith shop, whose faces can't be seen.


the music (sort of):

"My Aching Heart"
An advertisement proclaims this as the "latest jazz hit for July."


the locations:

Tijuana
The studio datebook for 1923 indicates that McGowan went to Tijuana for the March 11 shooting.


miscellaneous:

19 shooting dates went into the making of this film. In fact, it might have actually been 20. The entry in the 1923 studio datebook for Mar. 11th reads 'McGowan working - A18 Tia Juana.' Robert McGowan was taking time off from the Our Gang unit while Charles Parrott (aka Chase) directed the initial shooting of "Fast Company" (no. 16). It's odd that the production number A18 would appear in the datebook prior to the first appearance of A17, but it might have been meant as a joke alluding to McGowan spending his Sunday in Tijuana, Mexico, with the knowledge that the next Our Gang production on which he would be working was A18. In any event, filming for "July Days" didn't really begin in earnest until Apr. 12th, the day after initial shooting wrapped on the Tom McNamara-directed "Stage Fright" (no. 17). On that first day, McNamara directed, but McGowan was back at the helm from Apr. 13th until the 'finish' on May 2nd. No shooting took place on Apr. 15th, 22nd, or 29th, which were all Sundays. The next day, work began on "Sunday Calm" (no. 19) with McNamara directing, which continued until the day before Decoration Day. The day after the holiday, May 31st, McGowan directed a final day of shooting for "July Days," and began the filming of "No Noise" (no. 20) the following day.

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


©Jan. 20, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 2/27, 4/25, 12/15.
2006 updates: 1/9, 5/16, 6/12, 9/5, 10/25.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/22, 11/5, 11/16.
2008 updates: 2/21, 3/31, 4/27, 4/29, 7/6.
2009 updates: 3/8, 6/17, 6/22, 7/19, 7/23.


Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore and Randy Jones for assistance on this page.


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