High Society

film no. 30


availability:

Laurel and Hardy and Friends - Volume Six (VHS) from Hal Roach Studios
Released Dec. 15, 1998. This copy has the original opening titles, but the inter-titles are remade, although the wording seems original. There is, however, a joke about President Hoover, suggesting that the original referred to Coolidge. The picture quality is good. The ending title is by a company called Atlas, and is followed by the Pathécomedy title card and then the Pathé rooster. The footage totals 25:09, with about 21:45 of it original. Ignoring the inter-titles, most of the original film is included.

The Our Gang Collection - Volume 3 (DVD) from Reelclassicdvd.com
Released July 2007. This is comparable to the "Laurel and Hardy and Friends" version, but without the Atlas end title. The footage totals 24:30, with about 21:30 of it original.

Rascals Silents Vol. 3 (VHS) from A-1 Video
This seems to be the same version that appears on the "Laurel and Hardy and Friends" release.

Our Gang Comedies (3 LD set) from MGM/UA Home Video
Released 1994. This version is essentially the same as the one on the "Laurel and Hardy and Friends" release. The footage totals 24:54, with about 21:30 of it original.

Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 2 (VHS) from Video Classics and
Our Gang Comedies II (VHS) from The Picture Palace
This copy is essentially the same as the one listed above, but the picture quality isn't quite as good. The ending title is generic, but is then followed by the Pathé rooster and the subsequent original ending title.

Rascals Silents Vol. 1 (VHS) from A-1 Video
This copy has a new opening title card and no crew credits. Otherwise, it's very similar to the Video Classics version, except that bits of footage are cut out here and there, and the projection speed is faster. The print totals 17:45, with about 15:30 of it original footage.

Our Gang Volume #4 (VHS) from Grapevine Video and also from The Picture Palace
This copy is a TV print from the Mischief Makers series entitled "Mickey's New Home." The print totals 12:26, with 11:59 of it original footage. Roughly two-thirds of the original film is included. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.

Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 3 (VHS) from HenryButch
This is the Mischief Makers print.

Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 5 (VHS) from HenryButch
This copy derives from the MGM/UA laserdisc.


technical details:

Production A-30.

Filmed March 24 to April 5, 1924. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Copyrighted May 29, 1924, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU20261. Since the copyright was not renewed, this film is now in the public domain.

Released August 24, 1924. It was the 29th film in the series to be released.

A 20-second clip from this film was used in the Boy Friends comedy "Too Many Women." (Or it might possibly be from "Jubilo, Jr." since the footage isn't seen in any available prints of either Our Gang film.)

Silent two-reeler.

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

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1051, "Mickey's New Home," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17356. 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 LP19565.


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.

Photographed by Frank Young
This credit appears in the film, but not in the book.

Edited by T. J. Crizer
This credit appears in the film, but not in the book. The 'T' stands for Thomas.

Titles by H. M. Walker
This credit appears in the film.

Story by Hal E. Roach and Frank Capra
This credit doesn't appear in the film. Even Maltin & Bann leave out Capra's name, but he submitted the story treatment.

Animal trainer: Tony Campanaro
He was Pal's trainer.

Teacher: Fern Carter
Released by Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Passed by the National Board of Review
As indicated in the film.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

Mickey Daniels as "Mickey Kelly"
Lead role. He's the star of the film, appearing in virtually every scene.

Jackie Condon as "Percy" aka "Percival"
Featured role. In a departure from his usual character, he plays a bratty rich kid, and gets quite a lot of footage.

Mary Kornman as "Mary"
Featured role. She and Mickey have a mutual affection going on in this film.

Allen "Farina" Hoskins
Featured role. The nickname doesn't appear in these prints. His big scene is with the parrot and the pastries.

Joe Cobb as "Joe"
Supporting role. His big scene is the one where he's stealing fruit.

Andy Samuel
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting in this film.

George "Sonny Boy" Warde
Supporting role. Maltin & Bann list him as Sonny Loy Warde (he was later known as Sonny Loy). He does mostly ensemble acting.


the animals:

Pal
Supporting role. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He appears frequently throughout the film.

parrot 008
Small part. Presumably the same parrot from "The Cobbler" (no. 8), he's one of the many animals in the series to get drunk.

other animals
Bit parts.
(1.) A cat covered in feathers.
(2.) Six horses pulling two fire wagons.
(3.) About three fish in a bowl.


the adults:

Pat Kelly as "Uncle Pat" aka "Patrick Shamrock Kelly"
Featured role. He's second only to Mickey in significance for this film.

F. F. Guenste as the butler
Featured role. He's shown frequently, particularly when he's giving Mickey a bath, and suffers during the gang's visit to the house.

woman 022 as "Aunt Kate" aka "Kate Kelly"
Supporting role. Known as "Aunt Mary" in the TV print. She's given a sizable part in this film.

man 030 as the cop
Supporting role. This would be the cop that puts a scare into the kids, but he's actually a nice guy.

other adults
Small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) The fruit vendor. The gang steals his fruit, but he's still there to bid farewell to Mickey.
(2.) The man who comes to deliver Mickey to his new home, presumably a child welfare agent.
(3.) The maid, seen briefly putting up with Jackie.
(4.) Several cops, firemen, and ambulance workers. There are also plainclothes policemen. Maltin & Bann list Charles Bachman and Jack Gavin among them, but I can't spot them in these prints. They also list Sam Lufkin, but I still need to find out what he looks like.


miscellaneous:

12 shooting dates went into the making of this film. A week and a half after the final retakes for "It's A Bear" (no. 27), the 'start' date for "High Society" arrived on Mar. 24th. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Apr. 5th. No shooting took place on Mar. 30th, which was a Sunday. The 1924 datebook indicates that some Our Gang 'tests' were shot on Tuesday, Apr. 8th, with no production number given. Other than this, two weeks passed before the unit began shooting "The Sun Down Limited" (no. 31).

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

The letter authorizing Aunt Kate to take custody of Mickey is dated June 17.

The papers for Mickey's adoption are signed by a judge named L. A. French. He was actually the purchasing agent for the studio and later became production manager.


©Feb. 1, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 2/27, 4/25, 12/15.
2006 updates: 1/9, 2/11, 2/20, 5/16, 6/12, 7/5, 10/25.
2007 updates: 1/8, 4/1, 10/17, 10/22, 11/25.
2008 updates: 2/21, 3/18, 3/31, 7/6.
2009 updates: 6/15, 6/17, 7/23.


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


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