No Noise

film no. 20


Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 1 (VHS) from Video Classics and
Our Gang Comedies I (VHS) from The Picture Palace
Video Classics' copy has generic opening and ending titles generated by themselves. The are no inter-titles in this print, suggesting that perhaps it's a TV print from Mischief Makers. The print totals 15:08, with 14:48 of it original footage. Roughly two-thirds of the original film is included.

special note
I was able to view a home movie digest version of this film. It contains remade titles, which don't seem particularly original, but it includes footage missing from the Video Classics version. I was also able to view another home movie extract which contains some of the original inter-titles.

technical details:

Production A-20.

Filmed June 1 to 20, 1923. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Released September 23, 1923. It was the 17th film in the series to be released.

Copyrighted September 24, 1923, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU19443. 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 "No Noise".'

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1041, "Operation Tonsils," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17346.

the crew:

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

Directed by Robert F. McGowan
The film probably includes this credit, but without his middle initial.

Titles by H. M. Walker
The film probably includes this credit.

Story by Hal E. Roach
The film probably doesn't include this credit.

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. The gang's homemade sign spells his name "Micky Daniels." He's the star of the film, appearing in most of the scenes.

Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Featured role. Or more specifically, "Little Farina." He's a 'she' in this film. As usual, he's the comedy relief in this comedy, eating everything he gets his hands on, and getting into the chloroform. His hair is combed out in this short, giving him a rather peculiar look.

Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison as "Ernie"
Supporting role. Maltin & Bann indicate that the "Sunshine Sammy" nickname was used. His big scene is with the skeleton.

Joe Cobb as "Joe"
Supporting role. He has a good moment with his hair standing on end, but most of what he does is ensemble acting.

Jack Davis as "Jack"
Supporting role. He seems to be the kid in charge in Mickey's absence. Mostly, though, he does ensemble acting.

Jackie Condon as "Jackie"
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting in this short.

Mary Kornman as "Mary"
Small part. She's on her way to see Mickey at the hospital when the gang decides to join her. She's left out of most of the chaos, though.

other kids
Andy Samuel as "Lewis De Vore"
Small part. He's among the boys with the vaccination orders that trade places with the gang. He's the first to pull the piece of paper out of his pocket, and an insert shot of the order reveals that his character name is "Lewis De Vore," a name included in Maltin & Bann's cast listing for this film.

other boys
Small parts. Four additional boys with vaccination orders. It's possible that one of these is Lewis De Vore, and that the impression that this is a character played by Andy Samuel is merely the result of editing.

the animals:

monkey 004
Small part. He appears off and on throughout the short.

dog 001
Small part. He's seen at the beginning flattening the gang's football, and then at the end chasing the cop.

Dinah the Mule
Bit part. In this print, she's briefly seen pulling the wagon as the gang journeys to the hospital.

other animals
Bit parts.
(1.) The black cat with white markings on its face and neck. He joins Farina in the chloroform scene.
(2.) Experimental mice and guinea pigs.

the adults:

Beth Darlington as Mickey's nurse
Supporting role. She's featured fairly strongly, particularly at the beginning of the film, trying to give Mickey castor oil.

Charley Young as the doctor in charge
Supporting role. He gives the gang several phony diagnoses to scare them.

Charles Stevenson as one of the other doctors
Small part. He's mainly seen chasing the gang around.

Clara Guiol as one of the nurses
Bit part. She's seen in the parts where the boys are being scared.

Helen Gilmore as one of the nurses
Bit part. She's seen in the same scenes with Guiol.

Charles Bachman as the police officer
Bit part. He chases the kids out of the hospital, only to get attacked by their dog.

other adults
Bit parts and extras.
(1.) The professor teaching the class.
(2.) The doctor that discovers the boys messing around with the equipment.
(3.) The nurse standing next to Helen Gilmore as the doctors conspire against the gang.
(4.) The nurse that helps Beth Darlington hold Mickey down as she gives him his castor oil.
(5.) Several doctors and nurses being instructed by the professor. Also, a few doctors, nurses and patients are seen outside the hospital.

the locations:

Hal E. Roach Studios
Served as the front of Municipal Hospital.


17 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Robert McGowan began the shooting of this film on June 1st, the day after he shot the last retakes for "July Days" (no. 18). Filming continued until the 'finish' of June 20th. No shooting took place on June 3rd, 10th, or 17th, which were all Sundays. The day after shooting wrapped, McGowan began the retakes for "Stage Fright" (no. 17).

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

The gang's team is called Dugans Allie Football Teem. The team the gang is scheduled to play is called the Goose Alley Juniors.

The physician on Lewis De Vore's vaccination order is named S. S. Herrman MD.

©Jan. 22, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 2/27, 3/8, 4/3, 4/25.
2006 updates: 1/9, 6/12, 10/25.
2007 updates: 2/5, 4/1, 10/22, 11/16.
2008 updates: 2/21, 3/31, 4/27, 4/29, 7/6.
2009 updates: 5/17, 5/18, 5/22, 7/23.

Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore and Robin Cook for assistance on this page.

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