Filmed June 30 to July 19, and September 8 to 15, 1924. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted December 11, 1924, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU20884. Since the copyright was not
renewed, this film is now in the public domain.
Released December 14, 1924. It was the 33rd film in the series to be released.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "The Mysterious
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1003, "Private Eye," copyrighted Sep. 1,
1960, with registration number LP17308.
- 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.
- Assistant Director: Lloyd French
- This credit derives from French's payroll status as the Our Gang assistant director beginning the
week ending July 19th.
- 2nd Assistant Director: Freeman Rollins
- This credit derives from Rollins' payroll status as the Our Gang 2nd assistant director beginning the
week ending July 19th and ending the week ending Sep. 13th.
- Photographed by Art Lloyd
- This credit derives from Lloyd's payroll status as the Our Gang cameraman during this period.
- Titles by H. M. Walker
- This credit probably appears in the film.
- Props by Charles Oelze and Don Sandstrom
- This credit derives from their payroll status as Our Gang prop men during this period.
- Story by Hal E. Roach
- This credit probably doesn't appear in the film. Edward Sullivan was listed in the studio
payroll summaries as an Our Gang gag man starting the week ending Sep. 13th, which means that he may have contributed gags
for the added scenes.
- Animal trainer: Tony Campanaro
- He was Pal's trainer.
- Teacher: Fern Carter
- Most of the shooting for this film took place while she was on her summer break. Her name reappears in
the studio payroll summaries the week ending Sep. 13th.
- 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
- laboratory superintendent - Charles Levin
- publicity director - Garrett Graham
- purchasing agent - Clyde Hopkins
- still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves
- transportation director - Bob Davis
- possible uncredited involvement
- editing - Credit usually went to Thomas J. Crizer
during this period.
- writing - Robert F. McGowan,
Thomas J. Crizer and
James Parrott may have contributed gags.
- Mickey Daniels as "Mickey"
- Featured role. Also referred to as "Sherlock Hawkshaw," his detective nickname. He's the
leader of the gang's detective agency and gets at least as much screen time as anybody else.
- Jackie Condon as "Little Adelbert Wallingford"
- Featured role. He's the kidnap victim, but wins the hearts of his kidnappers.
- Joe Cobb as "Joe"
- Featured role. His detective nickname is "Watson." He's the second-in-command in
the detective agency, and gets quite a bit of screen time.
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
- Featured role. His detective nickname is "Hawk-Eye," but Maltin & Bann imply that this
was used in place of "Farina," which it isn't. He provides comic punctuation throughout, particularly with
his magnifying glass.
- Eugene "Pineapple" Jackson as "Snowball"
- Supporting role. Maltin & Bann indicate that his screen name was "Pineapple," but it's
"Snowball." He's already a main player in this, his first short, but is overshadowed by a few of the others.
- Andy Samuel as "Andy"
- Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting in this short. This was essentially his last appearance,
unless you count "Boys Will Be Joys" (no. 42).
- George "Sonny Boy" Warde as "Sing"
- Supporting role. Listed as "Sing Joy" by Maltin & Bann. He does mostly ensemble acting.
- Supporting role. He belongs to Gene and Farina in this one. He wears a disguise and gets a bit of abuse
from Farina and his magnifying glass.
- other animals
- Supporting role. The pigeon that figures strongly in the plot.
- Charles A. Bachman as "Detective Jinks"
- Supporting role. He falls victim to the gang's ingenuity and vows revenge.
- William Gillespie as "Mr. Wallingford"
- Supporting role. He's Adelbert's father, and is given a substantial role.
- Sam Lufkin as the leader of the kidnappers
- Supporting role. He's basically the heartless one among the kidnappers.
- Dick Gilbert as one of the kidnappers
- Supporting role. He's seen mostly in the scenes with Adelbert and the third kidnapper.
- Chris Lynton as Adelbert's tutor
- Small part. He's the victim of Adelbert's pranks at the beginning of the film. Maltin & Bann
list Allen Cavan. They also indicate that he's the grandfather, but I think this might be a mistake.
- Charley Lloyd as the butler
- Bit part. Shown briefly letting the gang into the mansion. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Charley Young.
- other adults
- Supporting roles and bit parts.
- (1.) The third kidnapper, who helps Gilbert babysit Adelbert.
- (2.) "Sam," the cop, who meets up with Farina early on, then frees Jinks from the
- (3.) The pilot, who isn't seen too clearly in this print.
- (4.) Adelbert's mother, who's seen briefly at the mansion.
- (5.) The maid, who's seen in the background at the mansion.
- (6.) The guy that starts the propellor on the plane.
- Main Street, Culver City
- As Andy is dressed as a woman, he walks along the Culver Boulevard side of the Adams Hotel, the
address of which was 3896 Main. As Detective Jinks follows him, he first turns the corner from Washington Boulevard and
walks along the Main Street side of the hotel. During this shot, the Sam Seelig Co. Culver City Public Market can
be seen in the background on Washington Boulevard. Jinks continues to follow Andy along the Culver Boulevard side of the
hotel and into the alley behind it. As Mickey peers into the alley, Farina burns him with the magnifying glass. A reverse
angle shot shows the business section of Main Street in the background.
- Motor Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- Farina follows the cop south along the west side of Motor Avenue to the park bench on the northwest
corner of Motor and Woodbine. The bench advertises "United Builders General Contractors, 7030 Cardiff St."
Later, Farina burns the dog with his magnifying glass at the southeast corner of Motor and Featherstone, right next to the
Palms Garage at 3304 Motor. It appears that the dog sticks his butt in the puddle at the northeast corner, the
same spot where Jackie Condon landed in the puddle in "Fire Fighters" (no. 2), though it's not
actually the same pothole. As Joe is dressed as a baby and is following Jinks, there is a moment when they're in
front of the Masonic Hall at 3402 Motor. This is also where Joe later summons the cop to come and arrest Jinks. One
of the places where Jinks follows Andy-in-drag is across the vacant lot on the southwest corner of Motor and
- Mentone Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- Jinks follows Andy into the back door of a house on Mentone. In other Our Gang films, this house is
normally seen in the background while activity takes place in the backyard.
- Overland Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- As Gillespie and Bachman are racing along in the car, we get a driver's-eye-view of the road.
During this shot, the car drives west on National Boulevard and makes a left on Overland Avenue. It then goes south on
Overland, heading down the same hill seen in "One Wild Ride" (no. 45) and "Free Wheeling"
- real estate office
- Gillespie and Bachman drive past this.
20 shooting dates went into the making of this film. After finishing "Fast Company" (no. 16), the Our
Gang unit waited a week before 'starting' filming for "The Mysterious Mystery!" This continued until
July 19th, when principle shooting was considered 'finished.' In between, there was a fire at the studio at 6 PM
on July 7th. No shooting took place on June 29th, July 6th or July 13th, which were all Sundays, nor on July 4th, which
was Independence Day, nor on July 5th, which the studio took off to create a three-day weekend. After principle
shooting was finished, seven weeks passed (including three in which the studio was closed) before the Our Gang
unit returned to "The Mysterious Mystery!" on Sep. 8th. After this, retakes were shot on Sep. 12th, and
added scenes on Sep. 13th and 15th. No shooting took place on the 7th or 14th, which were Sundays, nor on the 9th, 10th or
11th. After this, nearly a week passed before shooting began on "The Big Town" (no. 34).
Mickey reads Tales Of Sherlock Holmes, published by The International Adventure Library.
The 1924 studio datebook reveals what the weather was like on most of the shooting dates. Usually, it was described as
'clear', but on June 30th and July 3rd, it was 'bright,' on July 1st and 7th, it was described as
'medium,' and on July 2nd it was described as 'somewhat dull.' No description was given for the remaining
shooting dates, nor for any of the days off.
There were 32 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
- Rascals Silents Vol. 1 (VHS) from
- This copy is a home movie print from Pathescope in Boston. It includes the original opening title, and
the inter-titles, but is missing the crew credits, and has a Pathescope end title. The footage totals 19:47, with
19:45 of it original. It appears that almost all of the original film is included.
- The Our Gang Collection - Volume 3
(DVD) from Reelclassicdvd.com
- Released July 2007. This version is comparable to the A-1 version, but replaces the Pathescope end
title with a new Pathé end title. The footage totals 19:51, with 19:46 of it original.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 4 (VHS)
- This is the same version as the print released by A-1.